What is our Departmental Intent?:
Question. Explore. Evaluate. Argue.
Question – inspire a curiosity about the past.
Explore – provide a knowledge-rich and diverse curriculum that allows students to explore local, national and international history from a variety of perspectives.
Evaluate – the opportunity to show a genuine understanding of the past and how it has shaped our society, our culture and our political life.
Argue – the confidence and ability to develop and defend coherent opinions about a range of issues.
We want our students to recognise that the knowledge and skills they acquire during their history lessons can help them at every stage of their life. The history curriculum is designed to prepare young people for their history exams by ensuring that chosen topics support each other but it is also designed to support other humanities subjects for whom an understanding of the past is vital. The curriculum is also designed to provide students with skills they can use outside of the classroom; to navigate the world and succeed in their working lives.
A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.