More than half of schools now run lengthened Key Stage 4 history courses, effectively shortening Key Stage 3 to cater for the new, allegedly tougher GCSEs.
So, as I said in a previous blog- for whose benefit is the 2 year KS3 anyway? Not for that half of the cohort not studying GCSE history who are denied a third of their secondary history education. And there is absolutely no guarantee that those who do embark on a GCSE history course will really benefit that much more than if they had had a better KS3 preparation. There is only so much jumping through hoops you can do. There is strong evidence that too much revision of the same content turns students off and they start to perform worse at the end of the course because of this. Be careful what you wish for, SLT!
So back to 2 year GCSEs please. And not because of what OFSTED might say, but because it is better for ALL.