March 13, 2011

OFSTED publishes review of History teaching in schools

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Ofsted has published its review of History teaching in schools based on inspections from 2007-10. The picture is generally a positive one, particularly in secondary schools, with good teaching and rising attainment.

However there are some concerns for Higher Education. The number of Academies teaching History beyond Key Stage 3 is declining whilst 48 per cent of pupils in Independent Schools study the subject beyond the age of 14. Reliance on text books (often published by the examination boards) is also noted as an issue. The key recommendations for secondary school history teaching were to: 

  • ensure that pupils have a greater understanding of the history of the interrelationships of the different countries which comprise the British Isles
  • ensure that technology is exploited to best effect in the teaching and learning of history
  • ensure that sixth form history students read widely in preparation for the demands of higher education.

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