Ofqual has today confirmed the changes that will be made to GCSEs in England for teaching from September 2012.
English Baccalaureate – for any student who secures good GCSE or iGCSE passes in English, mathematics, the sciences, a modern or ancient foreign language and a humanity.
This combination of GCSEs at grades A*-C will entitle the student to a certificate recording their achievement. At the moment only around 15 per cent of students secure this basic suite of academic qualifications and fewer than four per cent of students eligible for free school meals do so. So to encourage the take-up of this combination of subjects, special recognition in performance tables will be given to those schools which are helping their pupils to attain this breadth of study.
Link to White paper EBacc pages here
The Humanities subjects included are:
GCSE in History
GCSE in Ancient History
GCSE in Geography
Cambridge International Certificate in History
Cambridge International Certificate in Geography
CIE legacy iGCSE in History
CIE legacy iGCSE in Geography
Changes to the reporting of results and attainment tables are also available – click here
The status of our subjects appears to be rising again – AT LAST!!
Those of you who have attended the Wiltshire subject conferences recently will be aware that at Abbeyfield School, we have been working on redesigning the KS3 Humanities curriculum to intergrate Geography, History and Philosophy & Ethics (RE) more successfully.
An article has just been published in the Association of School and College Leaders magazine outlining the work we have done and the impact this has had on teaching and learning.
You can read the article by clicking on the link below.
The full KS3 Abbeyfield Humanities Wheel and the ELPs mentioned in the article can be found on our Abbeyfield Humanities site by clicking on the link at the top of this page
This Year 9 ‘Who do We Think We Are’ unit of study focuses on the involvement in the First World War of Muslims from Britain and the Indian sub-continent. It follows the reaction of white British Muslim converts in Woking, Surrey to the declaration of a jihad against Britain by the Ottoman Sultan and Khalifa (Caliph), Mehmed V in 1914.
By contrast it then traces the story of the treatment of Indian Muslim soldiers fighting for Britain in France and elsewhere, their subsequent hospitalisation at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and burial according to Muslim rites at a specific burial ground in Woking.
Finally, the module brings the story up to date by inviting pupils to design a restored Woking burial ground, according to the priorities of three different modern groups, including a fictional British Muslim body, Islamic Heritage. Throughout the module pupils explore what the historical evidence reveals about attitudes among Muslims at the time and how they were regarded by British people in the same period.
Changing attitudes are followed into the present by study of the neglected Muslim burial ground, set against the backdrop of British Imperial decline and Muslim migration into the UK. The module assumes that pupils will have experienced some prior learning on the First World War and the British Empire and should have some awareness of Islam and its core beliefs through knowledge gained in Religious Education.
Source – http://www.history.org.uk/
Following today’s excellent presentations, I have gathered together all the weblinks from the various sessions and put them together in the following post for easy access. Just hover over the red link and double click. I hope you find this useful.
Jamie Byrom’s session:
- WW1 Regimental records of the dead for pupils to track local connections can be found at: http://www.cwgc.org/default.asp
- Searching family history can be done via: http://www.ancestrylibrary.com/
- To view old photographs of local scenes visit: http://francisfrith.com/
- Old maps dating from the nineteenth century can be found at: http://www.old-maps.co.uk/
- 19th Century directories that give a sense of the local community and may list local soldiers who were traders can be found at: http://www.historicaldirectories.org/
- Imperial War Museum resources on war poetry, including the Somme exhibition which has digital clips from the famous film made at the time and some inividual soldier stories can be found at: http://www.iwm.org.uk/server/show/nav.1299
- The Public Record Office Leraning Curve site has a study of the Great War with a section on the Trench Experience at: http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/greatwar/default.htm
Sarah’s sad stories presentation
- A case study of a young boy from Wandsworth and extra sources about another young boy can be found at: http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/prisoner4099/default.htm
- Census materials available at: http://www.ancestrylibrary.com/
- Online access to some directories listing people and trades accessed via: http://www.historicaldirectories.org/
- OS maps for preview dating from the 19th Century at: http://www.old-maps.co.uk/
Additional resources mentioned during the sessions:
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
- Wiltshire Community History information can be found at: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/community
- Historic photographs relating to Wiltshire can be accessed via: http://www.wiltshiretreasures.org/
Other useful resources mentioned during the day:
- Website about the Workhouses in Victorian Britain can be found at: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~peter/workhouse/
- Wiltshire Emigration Information can be found at: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/WIL/
- War diaries can be accessed via the National Archives site at: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
- Contact details for Stephen Williams – History Alive (Trenches activity): firstname.lastname@example.org