Many of you will feel that having a separate history policy at Key Stage 4 is unnecessary, and yet you will be surprised how many departments have never really articulated the aims of their GCSE teaching beyond getting the best results possible. What is your policy towards grouping, towards entering students for the examination when they have been poor attenders, or have failed to produce coursework? Do you offer a choice of specification or options within? Do you run an Entry Level course? Can students take AS in Year 11? What is the students’ entitlement to site visits?
Some questions to get you thinking.
1. Do you genuinely provide equally for all students when they start GCSE? Is it the course they would have chosen? Have you ever canvassed students’ opinions on this issue?
2. Do all students have similar access e.g. in terms of textbooks/teachers?
3. When you analyse your results do you focus as much on the G-D achievement range as you do on the A*-C?
4. When you plan the course, do you discuss with the students the aspects they want to learn about, or merely what will improve results?
5. Do you ensure that all students