I have just started teaching at an all-boys non-selective school. We are in a selective area, and this does affect the intake we get. Results at GCSE History are low, and have been for several years. Following a review of the History department, we have decided to trial a new exam board for the forthcoming academic year (switching from Edexcel SHP (topics: Transformation of British Society, Crime and Punishment, Transformation of Surgery)). As a result, I will be starting out with OCR B course when our timetable 'rolls over' in June.
The school have decided that the Year 10 cohort I will get (about 20 boys, mixed ability) will get 6 hours a week of lessons. The intention will be to complete the GCSE in one year (not my decision )
The suggested structure of the GCSE course is as follows:
Unit 1: International Relations 1919-39 & Germany Depth Study
Unit 2: British Depth Study: 1939-75
Controlled Assessment: Iraq War
I've had a look through these pages and, think, I've got most things sorted before I start teaching.
However, any advice on the following would be appreciated:
1) Delivering the course effectively in a year
2) A suitable question for the Controlled Assessment on the Iraq War (this is what I am really struggling with at the moment!)
I hope to get on an OCR Training Course ASAP.
If I don't get this right, there is a strong chance that History could disappear as a GCSE option at KS4.
Edited by Ben Slight, 11 March 2012 - 08:00 PM.