What would OFSTED say about history in your school? What needs to improve? A sample recent report gives an insight

After identifying a number of positive features of the history curriculum and history teaching the OFSTED inspector carrying out a deep dive inspection in December 2019 wrote the following:

You have identified that the curriculum does not fully promote older pupils’ ability to make connections between things that they have learned or to think as deeply about causation, change or significance as they might.

To tackle this, you are reviewing curriculum plans to make more explicit the historical concepts that pupils will revisit over time in different contexts.

You are planning further opportunities for older pupils to write higher-quality written responses to historical questions, reflecting the debates that exist in the subject.

In addition, you are changing the way teachers use assessment. This is helping teachers to be clearer about what pupils can remember, and pupils to understand better how to improve in history

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