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New guidance for primary history leaders

OFSTED has just published new guidance for primary history leaders. Well, actually is just 30 PowerPoint slides with nothing new to tell that hasn’t already been documented in History for All published less than a year ago. Ostensibly a CPD resource it is little more than a few leading questions and points for reflection.
It all turns on the 5 pivotal questions outlined in the overview slide:
1.Do pupils know when they are studying history and why it is important?
2. Do your pupils leave school with knowledge that is too episodic?
3. How can we ensure the most effective teaching in history?
4. How can you ensure the best learning in history?
5. How effectively do you meet the subject-specific training needs of the teachers in your subject?
Have a look for yourself and then read my detailed comment in the Hot Topics section

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