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When will new A level history be launched?

Ofqual, as you know, is planning a phased introduction of new A level ccourses with some, in the first tranche, being introduced as early as September 2014. Others will follow between 2015-and 2018. It is highly likely that history will be considered for the first tranche. Already this has set the cat amongst the pigeons. [...]

OFQUAL to strengthen assessment in GCSE history

Last week Glenys Stacey confirmed Ofqual’s determination to make gaining a high GCSE history even harder. “We have required exam boards to strengthen assessment in GCSE maths, to increase demand in science and to improve the content in geography, and soon history. Of course this is tending to the qualifications we have, rather than wholesale [...]

Gove curriculum or National Curriculum?

Today’s article in the Guardian reveals that the draft programmes of study journalists have seen show the remarkable influence of people who have commercial interests in promoting a particular learning programme e.g. synthetic phonics. In history too, as we well know, decisions about content coverage, let alone teaching and learning styles, are in danger of [...]