Drafting the new SHP OCR GCSE for 2016 » Schools History Project

Throughout the autumn term, SHP has been working in partnership with OCR to draft the SHP GCSE for 2016. You can see the fruits of our labours in the draft outline specification below. We are very excited about our new specification and believe that it will provide a rigorous and engaging GCSE course for the next generation of students. The new draft specification is, of course, underpinned by SHP’s six principles [ here ]. The options for each of the studies range widely across periods, places and cultures; and engage students with a range of approaches to studying history. The equal weighting given to the five studies (each representing 20% of the GCSE) should provide a clear and consistent structure that will be helpful for course planning. The options cover a wide range of fascinating history. A balance across periods is maintained by providing an equal number of options for medieval, early modern and modern history. Overall, the options provide some continuity with worthwhile elements of the current SHP specification, and offer new and exciting areas of study for GCSE students. Our rationale for each of the studies within the specification is as follows:

Drafting the new SHP OCR GCSE for 2016 » Schools History Project.

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