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The DfE is conducting a review of the primary and secondary National Curriculum.
This site contains the statutory programmes of study for National Curriculum subjects which maintained schools must follow until a new curriculum is in place.

Exemplification of standards

QCDA has worked with schools to develop exemplification of standards files for history and other foundation subjects. These materials:

  • demonstrate ways to collect evidence of pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding as seen in their talk, actions and outcomes

  • provide examples of manageable ways of collecting evidence

  • include evidence of subject standards

  • can also be used to support the statutory teacher assessment of pupils at the end of key stage 3 by providing nationally agreed benchmarks and points of reference.

Each collection of work is accompanied by an an overall assessment judgement that considers the evidence and gives a level-related judgement against national standards.

For history the overall assessment judgement is organised under three headings:

Thinking historically

This is concerned with how pupils develop an understanding of past events, developments and decisions - through the study of cause and consequence. This is also concerned with how pupils develop an understanding of the characteristic features of periods and past societies by studying continuity and diversity within and across them, and the extent and nature of change.

Exploring interpretations

This is concerned with pupils evaluating how and why the past has been interpreted differently and how judgments of significance may vary according to the perspectives of the people making them.

Historical enquiry

This is concerned with how pupils use their period knowledge and conceptual understanding to carry out historical enquiries, using sources critically to establish evidence to support their findings, and with how they communicate these findings in a range of appropriate and structured ways.

These exemplification materials can be found in the assessment section.

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