The course allows pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding of the past. It gives them the opportunity to investigate historical events, people and issues from a wide range of historical periods.  Pupils will use a variety of historical sources critically. It develops an understanding of how the past has been represented and interpreted. 

The Department:

The Department is part of the Humanities faculty. Currently there are two rooms dedicated to the study of history. These rooms are recently refurbished and allow pupils to explore the past through a range of resources.  

Mr A. Nash – Lead History Teacher

Ms T. Selwood – Teacher of History/Deputy Senco

The Curriculum:

At Key Stage 3, pupils study a range of medieval, early modern and modern history. Vital skills, necessary to be successful in the GCSE are developed across the three-year Key Stage 3 programme of study. 

Year 7:

In Year 7, pupils begin with a study around the skills required to be an effective historian. In term 2 the pupils focus in causation, and to be precise a study surrounding what enabled William Duke of Normandy to be successful in the Battle of Hastings. Pupils then move on to look at the mechanisms employed by William to maintain control of his new conquest after 1066. They complete an early modern history unit which scrutinise the details and events of the Tudor age. This scheme of work has a clear focus on the religious change and continuity of the era. The final topic is in the Stuart era where the pupils’ focus is on the causes and events of the English Civil War.

Year 8:

Pupils begin to look in more detail at different eras of history within Year 8.  In term 1, the pupils look at the Slave Trade and how this affected the people involved and how people managed to abolish the trade in 19thcentury. Pupils enquire into how Britain was shaped by the Industrial Revolution through its economic and social impact. Following this they then move onto analyse key events in the creation of the British Empire. Pupils complete a depth study on how people campaigned to get the vote. The final study is looking at the successes of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA in the 1950s and 60s. 

Year 9:

The Year 9, the scheme of work looks to pave the way to GCSE success by bringing into the Key Stage 3 curriculum some of the elements of the GCSE. Pupils study the causes and consequences of the First World War before completing a study of Germany. The pupils examine life before Adolf Hitler, how he came to power, and the consequences this held. Finally, pupils examine what happened in the Second World War and complete a study on the Holocaust. 

Assessment at Key Stage 3:

Assessment at Key Stage 3 will take a variety of forms, but essentially pupils will be tested in three terms out of the six against a variety of skills. The tests will examine recent topics and topic taught previously. The format of the assessments will reflect the key skills required for GCSE and will focus on retention of knowledge over the period of the pupils’ attendance at the school. These will include written communication, knowledge and understanding, and source interpretation and evaluation. These will inform pupils termly reports. In Year 9, assessments will take place which are more closely tied to the explicit demands of the GCSE specifications.  


The syllabus that pupils will study is Edexcel (1HI0).  The course consists of the following core content

  • Superpower relations and the Cold War 1943-1991. 
  • Germany 1918-1939 (The Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany) 
  • Crime and Punishment 1000 to the present day; case study on Whitechapel 1850-1910 (including an investigation into the Jack the Ripper murders) 
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558 –88

Assessment at KS4:

Assessment is carried out at the end of the course and consists of the following:

Written Exam30%Paper 1 – 1hr 15 minutes
Written Exam40%Paper 2 – 1hr 45 minutes
Written Exam30%Paper 3 – 1hr 20 minutes


This course is an excellent foundation for History at A-level. It can help with courses in archaeology, economics, classical studies, modern languages, English, history of art, Law, politics, teaching and religious studies. 

There are many possible careers that history can be used. The following are just some of opportunities history can open up to an historian:  Law, politics, journalism, social work, T.V. research, accountancy, archaeology, museum studies, architect, historical charities such as the National Trust and the armed forces.   


The History department recognises the value of trips and visits. There are a number planned for this academic year:

Year 11 London Dungeon, Year 10 Whitechapel, Year 9 London Dungeon, Year 8 Ypres, Year 7 Mountfitchet.

Weekly intervention sessions are held for both KS3 and KS4 pupils. These are delivered according to the needs/requirements of the pupils in attendance.

Assessment & Key Performance Indicators


Assessment at Key Stage 3:

Pupils at NLL complete an assessment at the end of each academic term. In longer terms pupils will complete a mid-term assessment. Assessments in history are based on the Edexcel GCSE exam questions but also include a series of knowledge and/or comprehension questions to allow access for the pupils with a lower aspiration than grade 1. The questions are structured and assessed using the GCSE criteria but the questions are written so that pupils in KS3 can access the language used in the question. Sentence starters are included to help pupils structure their answers. After the assessment is marked pupils will complete a reflection sheet and consider their progress and how they can improve. Pupils can use their KPI sheet to set their own targets. Midterm assessments will be completed in exercise books but end of term assessments will be placed in the pupil’s folder. The reflection sheet will be stored alongside the assessment.

Assessment at Key Stage 4:

In GCSE history, pupils complete a range of questions based on the Edexcel exam questions which are taken from sample examination papers, text books or created by the classroom teacher.  Though pupils will be assessed at GCSE on sources in paper 3 they will be tested on sources throughout the course. Exam questions will be set at appropriate times in the course. In general pupils should be completing an exam question every three or so lessons. These questions can consist of shorter 4 mark or 12 mark questions. Some of these assessments will be completed in exercise books. Pupils will practice 16 mark questions in books but more often pupils should complete these on paper and then complete a reflection sheet. The reflection sheet will allow the pupils to consider how they can improve their answer. Assessment sheets and reflection will be stored in the assessment folder. GCSE pupils in year 11 will complete formal assessments (Mocks) in line with the school calendar.

How do staff and pupils within the department use KPIs?

These are used in three cycles by the teacher to inform the pupils of how they are currently progressing. Teachers update the KPIs every two terms. The first time the KPIs are completed by staff will be at the end of Term 1/start of Term 2. This process will be repeated at the end of term 3/start of term 4 and the start of term 6.    

Pupils will have access to the KPIs in lessons. The pupils can use the KPIs to help them inform their progress. Pupils should be able to see whether they are emerging, developing, secure or mastering in the key areas of assessment. Pupils will be able to determine how they are progressing in the following areas: analysing the causes of historical events; analysing the consequences of historical events; analysing the changes throughout history; analysing continuity throughout history; analysing the significance of events and to analyse historical sources.

Where are the KPIs located?

During term 1 pupils across both key stages will be given assessment folders. There are different coloured folders for each year group KPIs will be located in.

Where will assessed work be found?

From term 1 assessment folders will be located in the teaching classroom. Where resources and teaching space allows folders will be located in boxes labelled with the teaching group.

How often will pupils complete an assessed piece of work?

Pupils in KS3 will complete an assessment every term. This will be done when the pupils have completed the course of study. In terms which are longer pupils will complete a mid-term assessment. At the end of the year pupils will complete an end of year assessment.

Pupils in Key Stage 4 will complete regular assessments. Pupils will complete questions based on the GCSE Edexcel 9-1 course. The questions will follow the structure set out in the sample exam papers, past papers, text books or revision guides. Year 10 and 11 pupils will complete mock exams. The timetable for mock exams will follow the school calendar.

What measures does the department complete to ensure the assessment outcomes are accurate?

Post marking of assessments a selection will be reviewed. On Monday following the marking of assessments staff will complete a “moderation Monday”. During this meeting quality assurance process will take place. Members of the department will select pieces of work and re mark them.  This mark and the original mark will be compared. A discussion will then take place about the differences and similarities. Any issues with marking should then be made apparent. Appropriate action then to make adjustments or corrections then can be made.

Rationale behind marking within your department.

Post marking of papers pupils are returned their assessments. The assessment is then analysed by the pupil. The pupil should complete a feedback form. The form will allow the pupil to reflect on their learning and make corrections.