This new course provides an exciting opportunity to explore the newest approaches to teaching History at KS3 and especially the integration of historical skills within a designed curriculum. There will be a focus on how to measure progression across the KS3, how to prepare students in the best possible way for GCSE History and how to encourage student retention. The course considers how inclusivity and cultural capital might be explored and how local history integrated into a strong, cohesive programme of study utilising the newest approaches to technology within and outside of the classroom.


  • Explore the latest thinking on how to develop and teach a rich Key Stage 3 History curriculum
  • Obtain approaches and methods for ensuring progress and achievement in History
  • Gain insight into successful techniques for assessing both students and the overall success of your Key Stage 3 curriculum
COURSE DATES London | Friday 14 February 2020
  • Heads of History
  • Heads of Faculty
  • Experienced History teachers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.45am
Creating a Rich Key Stage 3 History Curriculum

  • Content – assessing the quality of your KS3 History curriculum –
  • What should a KS3 History curriculum involve? What is its purpose and does it reflect your values?
  • What needs to be taught? How should it be taught?
  • What knowledge and skills? Depth? Detail? Challenge? Cultural capital and issues to consider around it
  • How would you monitor the effectiveness of your new changed curriculum?
  • How to make it link with Key Stage 4

10.45 – 11.00am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.00 – 12.00pm
Designing and implementing content and skills progression

  • Structuring/adapting your course to ensure good progress good levels well thought out developed progressions, of more knowledge, skills, learning, teaching and progress
  • Exploring examples of sequences of lessons at KS3 – ensuring depth, ensuring progress over time

12.00 – 12.45pm
Making the most of resources

  • The magpie approach to resourcing
  • How to measure the use of resources that have proven to work in a variety of classrooms
  • The use of technology beyond research
  • The rise of digital texts – how they might be used most effectively in the classroom
  • Managing a department of all the talents

12.45– 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.20pm
Teaching Strategies, Ideas and Approaches for KS3 History

  • Intent, Implementation, Impact – also innovative fresh approaches.
  • A range of teaching approaches that engage learning, interest, motivate as well as preparing them/recruiting for the next stage
  • Using technology in the KS3 classroom
  • Analysing examples and materials to take back to your school

2.20 – 3.10pm
Ensuring the KS3 content is challenging and relevant to the wide range of abilities and interests

  • Helping students to progress whatever their standard
  • What to leave out
  • What to prioritise
  • What to explain, when, and why
  • The problems and opportunities presented by a diverse and inclusive curriculum.

3.10 – 3.15pm
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

3.15 – 3.45pm
How to Promote History Successfully at KS3

  • Exploring ways to promote History to your SLTs and within the wider school context
  • New focus on curriculum opportunities

Keith Milne

Keith has over 25 years teaching and examining experience and is Head of Department at a highly successful secondary school in Yorkshire. He is a Senior Moderator with a major exam board and has authored and advised on a series of popular books.

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