Well it could have been so much worse! At least we now have 1066-1688 restored to its right ful place, But what else has changed. Here are the main features in a nutshell
1. Skills.concepts and processes survive broadly intact and we would like them to be including retention of interpretations as a bulwark against worst of Gove’s indoctrinating ideas.
2. Now much more world history
3. Far less compulsion. Don’t read the ‘grey matter’ that is only advisory.
4. It boils down to 7 areas of studt
Area 1 Development of the Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
Area 2 the development of the Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745
Area 3 Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain 1745-1901
Area 4 Challenges for Britain: Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day
Area 5 A local study – can be depth or overview, very flexible
Area 6 Study of an aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and expands pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066
Area 7 At least one study of a significant society or issue in world history and its connections with other world developments.
A will make the following observations.
1. Area 1-4 seem very much ‘as you are’.
2. Area 5 on local history is to be welcomed
3. Area 6 on the pre-1066 aspect or theme offers some interesting scope to look at change through time , revisiting some kS2 work from a different angle and lens so that they don;t leave school with only an 8 year old’s understanding of history pre-1066
4.Area 7 offers real scope for us to be imaginative. If we want to simply recycle what we currently do then we probably can but here is an opportunity which I hope the publishers will support. The inclusion on the ADVISORY ONLY list of China as well as Mughal empire as changing Russian empires 1800-1989 and 20th Century USA may even allow some KS4 work , no longer part of the new GCSE to be re-packaged in a different way.
5. All told, not too bad and just the right mix, I feel of building on the best that has been and encouraging some innovation too.