Planning for the new five-year history curriculum

Clio et cetera

Not quite the five-year plan I had in mind... Not quite the five-year plan I had in mind…

A typo, surely? Everyone knows that a GCSE course is taught in a period ranging from one to three years, depending on how intensively you teach it, and Key Stage 3 is taught over two or three years. That’s how it’s been for years.


We are about to see the biggest shake up in the history curriculum in a generation. For years now history teachers, the media, the government and the inspectorate have all – in their different ways – complained about the structure of the history curriculum, and many of these issues come down to the fact that we’re trying to cram too much in to too little time. I humbly suggest that – with major reforms at every stage – now is the time to overcome this at the level of the school curriculum that we…

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