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AS history results show slight decline

AS history results also fall from 43.3 (A-B last year) to 42.4 this. The gap between boys and girls widens 2 percentage points for this grade range with boys now achieving41.2 % A-B whilst girls now achieve 45.1%. The entry has remained fairly stable at about 5.8%. I guess this will change significantly in the [...]

2015 A and AS level history results published today

Although over 3,700 more students took A level history results this year are slightly down on last year’s. A*  are down from 6.3 to 6.1 and A*-B are down from 56.3 to 55.6. The gap between the achievement of boys and girls the the higher grades continues to widen from 6.2 to 6.5 in the [...]

Will history GCSE results drop this summer?

OFQUAL has warned that tough new GCSEs in history and English literature will hit pupils’ grades this summer.

In a letter to the exam boards, Ofqual said work to “strengthen” the qualifications could lead to “more variation in individual schools’ results”.

The number of teenagers gaining top grades in the subjects could drop when results are published [...]

New GCSE Crime and Punishment Edexcel : Do we really have to teach Jack the Ripper?

Crime and Punishment Edexcel : Do we really have to teach Jack the Ripper?


Many centres are keen to teach Crime and Punishment for the new GCSE. Some are less keen on Edexcel’s option. As one contributor to a recent History Forum wrote recently,

The thing that puts me off teaching Edexcel Crime is the way it’s [...]

Simple sequencing sets in KS1 history

This is a simple call to action for all of you teaching famous people and famous events in KS1 history. What I’m advocating is more use of sequencing activities especially sequencing cards with no dates, clear pictures and minimal text. Pupils should be encouraged , as soon as they have heard a story told to [...]

Teaching A level and AS history: using examiners' reports

We often glance at Chief Examiners reports quite a while after the dust of last year’s results has settled. I am advocating a more pro-active use. What is it that examiners tell us candidates find difficulty with when it comes to exams.I’m not talking about question-answering technique or time management: what I’m going to focus [...]

GCSE history of medicine: role of women, Great new audio-visual presentation

have just finished PowerPoint presentation on the role of women in history of medicine, synchronised to run alongside Annie Lennox’s Sisters doing it for themselves. 24 illustrated slides in all, in addition to slides which encourage students to analyse the factors at work  and to consider the reasons why we have relatively little evidence about [...]

Neat significance activity for AS history on the changes Henry VIII made to the church

Just completed neat little significance smart task to encourage students to weight the relative significance of nine important changes Henry made to the church before searching for a 10th that has deliberately been held back. If you would like a draft copy email me

Significant people in KS1 history for the 2014 history curriculum

Looking back over the first year of the new National Curriculum, the one area I have noticed some welcome change in practice is in the area of teaching about significant people. Now, enjoined to teach people linked by theme, there is much more coherence to the KS1 history curriculum. Instead of pot luck, we now [...]

New A level task Vietnam. Why on earth was mighty Rolling Thunder ultimately unsuccessful?

Great new explanation builder activity in which students develop their own meaning for this paradox :

When by the end of 1965 US pilots had flown over 24,000 sortie missions and wiped out 355 of North Vietnam’s ammunition dumps, dropping more bombs than were dropped in the whole of World War Two ,why then was operation [...]