As medieval history is taught mainly in Y7 in UK schools, this represents quite a departure for GCSE history teachers. As all boards have to comply with this, that means there is strength in depth, especially regarding resources. All boards take a different slant, of course. Some focus on the Normans, others on King John. Here are some typical medieval questions that appear on the draft specification specimen papers.
‘The changes to the feudal system were the greatest change the Normans made after the Conquest.’ How far do you agree with this statement? AQA
‘Edward I’s greatest achievement was the changes he made to the English legal system.’ How far do you agree with this statement? AQA
Explain why the wool trade was important during the reign of Edward I. AQA
Lessons on each of these questions will follow shortly.