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History KS3 Curriculum FAQs

Timeline of changes

Q: When does the new National Curriculum come into effect?

A: The revised National Curriculum and new Key Stage 3 Programme of Study came into effect in September 2014.

What's changed?

Q: What's new?

A: There’s a higher profile for: - Core knowledge, though with more optional guidance on content than the first draft - Chronology as a framework - Focus on world history as well as British Isles - Focus on more rigorous learning of key history skills

Specific content changes

Q: Are there any specific content changes?

A: Specific content changes: - American War of Independence included - Ireland and Home Rule included - Interregnum (Britain under Cromwell) - The requirement to study development of the British Empire with a depth study (e.g. India) - More focus on enlightenment and cultural development


Q: Will there be further guidance on what I should teach?

A: No, there will be no further guidance; teachers are seen as the curriculum makers, and are expected to decide what is taught under the Programme of Study headings. The topics specified in the Programme of Study are considered the essential core.


Q: What's happening to assessment?

A: The old National Curriculum Levels are gone – the DfE has stated there’s no intention to replace them, and the expectation is that teachers and schools will be responsible for measuring progress using their own systems.