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How to build a broad and coherent history curriculum

Led by History Resource Cupboard’s Richard McFahn, this course will ensure you understand how changes to the Ofsted framework will impact on your department and give you the knowledge and confidence to plan a coherent and robust history curriculum.

After evaluating Ofsted’s consultation and Ofsted’s recent research into the curriculum, this course will provide you with finger-tip knowledge of what the changes are and how they will impact your history department.

Through his extensive knowledge of subject-specific scholarship and hands-on experience, Richard will help you to consider how to plan a broad, deep and coherent curriculum.

The day will focus on what considerations you should give to the choosing, sequencing and blending of substantive knowledge. It will also emphasise the types of disciplinary thinking you should develop to ensure sustained attainment at KS3, GCSE and beyond.

Crucially you will also leave with the knowledge of not just how to plan a coherent history curriculum but also how to implement and evaluate its impact – exactly the process Ofsted will go through when they make a judgment about ‘the quality of education’ in any school.

  • History Resource Cupboard Teaching GCSE History course
  • History Resource Cupboard Teaching GCSE History course
  • History Resource Cupboard Teaching GCSE History course

This course will ensure that you are fully prepared to plan, implement and evaluate a high-quality history curriculum that will impress Ofsted and more importantly provide your students with a powerful historical knowledge enabling them to succeed at GCSE and beyond.

You will:

  • Consider what ‘knowledge’ means in a ‘knowledge-rich’ curriculum.
  • Learn the implications to your department of Ofsted’s two-year research into the curriculum.
  • Discover what the key takeaways from Ofsted’s new framework and inspection handbook are for your history department.
  • Analyse practical models showing you how to develop disciplinary thinking overtime to ensure that standards are raised and maintained.
  • Discuss how best to implement and then evaluate the impact your curriculum has on your students.
  • Evaluate how to effectively assess learning across the curriculum.
  • Learn what academic historians consider is vital knowledge for your students’ to know from different time periods.
  • Take-away examples of big-picture curriculum models to use and evaluate.
  • See practical examples of how to focus on getting the balance right between overview and depth to ensure your students gain knowledge and learn well.
  • Gain a variety of practical teaching ideas and strategies that can be used in your classroom.

What teachers said about Richard’s previous courses:

“Outstanding resources and teaching ideas, great pedagogical tips, expert overview of changes coming up. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you!” Henry Warnock-Smith, Ricards Lodge High School.

“Richard was engaging in inspirational. Great lesson activities and ideas. This was the best CPD I have been on in ages. I have loads to take back and use. Thank you.” Jamie Ewen, Dover Grammar School for Boys.

“Lots of great teaching ideas, especially enquiry based approaches. I am already planning a lesson for next week in my head!” Catherine Lewis, Thornton College.

Amongst the conflicting pressures of teaching it is easy to forget why we do what we do.  History Resource Cupboard’s course helped remind me of the reasons I chose to teach history. I left the day enthused and inspired.  I would recommend Richard’s courses and lessons to everyone! Clare Shobrook, Head of History, Trinity Secondary, Lewisham

Cost:  £269 per delegate. £249 for History Resource Cupboard’s Basic members, £209 for Full or School’s members (includes course materials, digital documents, tea/coffee, buffet lunch).

Dates and locations:

  • Central London 5/3/20
  • Central Manchester 2/3/20

To book: email jo@historyresourcecupboard.com
Tel: 07802 467552

Course Leader: Richard McFahn

For more information about upcoming courses, email jo@historyresourcecupboard.com or phone 07802 467552.

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