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Introduction to the Subject & Team

The History department is staffed by a dedicated and forward-thinking team of seven teachers. The History team consists of the following staff:


Mrs Wendy Foster (wfoster@ossettacademy.co.uk)

Acting Curriculum Team Leader and ITT Co-ordinator


Mrs Christine Baines  Acting Subject Leader Geography, Life and RE
Mr Michael Lewis Personal Progress Tutor Year 13
Miss Rebecca Jowett Teacher of History
Mr Richard Austin Teacher of History
Mrs Gayle Rowe Learning Leader for Year 7

Our two key driving aims are to ensure that all students are able to enjoy learning about history and that all students are aware of how to improve their work. We strive to meet our goals through creative and engaging lessons, through exciting lesson resources and by studying some of the most interesting episodes from world and British history.

In addition to History lessons we also have a website dedicated to helping students so that they don’t have to try to remember ‘What Sir/Miss said’ when they are revising or completing homework. This can be found at history.ossettacademy.com. We also run the ever-popular Battlefields trip to the First World War sites in France and Belgium and offer a range of opportunities both at lunchtimes and afterschool for support, so that students can take their learning further outside of the classroom.


Course Content at Key Stage 3

Students receive a one hour lesson per week in Year 7, two one hour lessons per week in Year 8 and two lessons per week in Year 9.

Year 7

During year 7, students will be introduced to the discipline of history through looking at skills surrounding the use of evidence and developing a sense of chronological understanding. Students will then move on to study the Roman Empire and the story of the Black Peoples of the Americas.

Year 8

In the Autumn students will study Medieval Britain followed by the Tudors, Stuarts and the English Civil War. In the Spring term students will study the Industrial Revolution and the Fight for Gender Equality. In the Summer term students will focus on Significant Individuals from History and A History of the United States of America.

Year 9

By Year 9, students will begin to focus more clearly on the skills required at GCSE history. In addition to this they will look at Crimes and Conspiracies Through Time, The First World War, Life in Nazi Germany including a focus on the Holocaust and The Swinging Sixties.


Course Content at Key Stage 4

Year 10

Exam board/Specification: Edexcel History B – Schools History Project and from Sept 2016 Edexcel History (9-1)

Assessment and examinations:

The Changing Nature of Warfare: 25% 1 hour 15 minutes

The Swinging Sixties Controlled Assessment: 25% 2hrs and 30mins write-up time in class

The American West: 25% 1 hour 15 minutes

The Impact of War on Britain: 25% 1 hour 15 minutes


During Year 10, students will start to study the Impact of War on Britain which will equip them with the required skills to study and complete their controlled assessment in the Spring Term. By Year 11 students should have completed all of or almost all of their controlled assessment, leaving them with two more modules to study on the American West and the Changing Nature of Warfare. In Year 10 students have two lessons a week, whilst in Year 11 they have three lessons a week.


Career Opportunities and Progression within the Subject

History is an incredibly well-respected qualification because of the important life skills that it allows for students to develop. There are a great number of skills that students will develop such as:

  • Learning not to believe everything they read.
  • Learning to construct a reasoned argument that is supported by evidence.
  • The ability to see things from different perspectives.
  • The ability to analyse information and make inferences.

A History qualification is seen as a facilitating subject by the top Russell Group Universities in the country therefore, if you opt to study history at GCSE or at A Level and aspire to go down the academic route then a qualification in History is going to carry additional weight on your application form.

There are several careers that are traditionally associated with history qualifications such as careers in law, in education, in politics, in the police force, in the civil service, in journalism in museums and many more. For example the following people have history degrees:

  • Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G, Borat etc…)
  • Jonathan Ross (Presenter)
  • Loius Theroux (Investigative Journalist)
  • David Blunkett (Politician)
  • Lord Sainsbury (Founder of the famous supermarket)
  • And former Prime Minister Tony Blair is on record as having said ‘I wish I had studied History at University.’


George Santayana, a Spanish philosopher once said, ‘Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.’ We believe that all students can learn lessons from the past that help them to understand the world that they live in, as well as the world that they will experience in the future.


How Parents Can Support Learning

  • If you ever wonder what your child is studying in history then please visit our website history.ossettacademy.com or keep an eye on our twitter feed @ossetthistory
  • On the website you will find a huge amount of resources, including revision podcasts. It is never too early to begin revision, so even the odd podcast in the car or whilst walking the dog will add to the knowledge held inside the brains of our students. This will mean revision is not a big cram at the end.
  • There are quiz sheets with questions and answers of specialist knowledge that can be downloaded. What better way to start the day than a bowl of cereal and some history questions fired at you by you parents?
  • Encourage your child to proof read their written work and look up any spellings they are ensure of in a dictionary.
  • During exam season, help them to create a revision timetable which includes specific revision activities to complete. Your child’s class teacher can give them guidance on this.
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