Have recent government reforms improved the lot of history in schools?

Clio et cetera

Around 2010, the history education community had a fairly cohesive view on what was wrong with history in schools. Pretty much everyone agreed that history did not get enough time – particularly in comparison to other European countries – and the two biggest culprits here were the two-year Key Stage 3 (common) and competence-based curricula that did away with curriculum time, usually in Year 7 (less common). Pretty much everyone agreed that there were too many non-specialists teaching history, particularly at Key Stage 3. Many argued that assessment was a serious issue in the subject, with Teaching History articles and conference presentations frequently criticising the Key Stage 3 Levels, and the hoop-jumping that was required in public exams, particularly at GCSE. Related to this was the way sources were used in GCSE exams, with these often being short, lacking in contextual detail and encouraging ‘stock evaluation’ answers that did not…

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