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History

‘It is our commitment to ensure that the study of the past shapes every student’s future.’ 


History Intent  

It is our intention to share our love of learning about the past and to inspire students with a passion for History which will endure throughout their lifetimes. We are committed to using the study of the past as a force for empowering students and preparing them for their roles as active global citizens in the twenty first century. 

Our aim is to promote the development of powerful knowledge which counters racism and stereotyping whilst also promoting community cohesion. Through the delivery of topics such as the Holocaust we seek to open students’ eyes to the impact of prejudice and discrimination and to humanise the past; we refuse to sanitise the past and we embrace controversial and challenging issues. We actively make links and connections between historical and modern societies to enable students to have a greater understanding of their place in the world. However, we do not merely encourage students to passively accept the status quo but equip them with skills to hold those in power to account and develop knowledge of the struggle for rights and freedoms over time. 

The past has taught us the dangers of viewing communities and nations in isolation, therefore we are committed to developing students’ knowledge and understanding of British, European and world history. We see the study of History as a vehicle for securing a better future for our students and as a force for social mobility. By equipping students with the skills of analysis and evaluation, we prepare students for a wide range of careers with the potential to significantly improve their life chances. 

It is our commitment to ensure that the study of the past shapes every student’s future. 

Confident Learners  

Confident Communicators  

Confident Future Citizens  

To create confident learners, the History curriculum is:  

  • Full of powerful and challenging knowledge including British, European and world history 
  • Designed to cover historical and modern societies from a range of perspectives 
  • Designed to embrace controversial and challenging issues

To create confident communicators, the History curriculum: 

  • Equips students with the skills of analysis and evaluation 
  • Allows students to become inquisitive about the past 
  • Empowers students to discuss their own beliefs 

 

To create confident future citizens, the History  curriculum: 

  • Enables students to have a greater understanding of their place in the world 
  • Designed to promote community cohesion 
  • Uses History as a way of securing a better future for our students 

The History curriculum provides opportunities for all to:  

  • Engage with historical evidence and interpretations 
  • Learn independently  
  • Learn from the past and to humanise the past

The History curriculum provides opportunities for all to: 

  • Develop their knowledge of the struggle for rights and freedoms overtime 
  • Have their voices heard 
  • Be respectful of different opinions and beliefs

The History curriculum provides opportunities for all to:  

  • Learn from real people of the past 
  • Develop debating skills 
  • Prepares students for a wide range of careers   

The Key Concepts running through History    

The knowledge of diverse history through different perspectives of local, British, European and global experiences/The understanding of what causes an event to take place through long term and short term causes/ The appreciation of historical evidence and using evidence to find out about the past/ The understanding of how historical interpretations are formed and why they can be different/ The extent of change and continuity of the past/The significance of events in the past and how they shape the future including our world today/Using History as a force for social mobility and to learn from the past in order to secure a better future.