Self-evaluation in history at Key Stage 4

Getting ready for a history subject review: knowing what OFSTED inspectors are looking for and the criteria they are using   It is essential that you keep up-to-date with current OFSTED thinking against which your department will be judged.

There are 2 ways of doing this.

  • You must know the current Framework for Inspection and the History subject-specific guidance available on the OFSTED website
  • Look at the examples of best practice that feature of the OFSTED website. It is never easy for busy subject leaders to know when these appear and to find time to digest them. To make life easier I have summarized the top 10 messages from the last case study of Best practice in secondary history written in May 2012.  Although this is now slightly dated it is still of considerable value.You can access this in the downloadable resources section below and the full report from the OFSTED website.

To a large extent the issues at key Stage 4 are very similar to those at KS3, so if you have read that section first, then expect considerable overlap.  Sections of the self evaluation material for the virtual school Sidbury High, for example, are identical.  You are expected

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