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Course Overview

(Curriculum intent for History)

The History ITT programme seeks to enrich trainees with a wealth of knowledge within History, ensuring that trainees are knowledgeable on all the skills provided to be an effective History Teacher.

As a result, it is intended that trainee History teachers will be able to:

  • Develop their subject knowledge to a depth and breadth that enables them to teach their subject at KS3-KS4 with confidence and competence
  • Understand the pedagogy of their subject and be both deliberate and judicious in their choice of methods and approaches
  • Be able of the curriculum requirements for the age range they teach and have awareness of how content is chosen to be broad, balanced and deliberately sequenced
  • Understand how learning happens in their subject and be able to use a range of approaches to ensure that knowledge is more likely to be retained
  • Learn about the statutory assessment arrangements for History and be able to guide and prepare students for both internal and external assessment
  • Anticipate and address common misconceptions within planning and lesson delivery
  • Develop students’ hinterland knowledge and intellectual curiosity
  • Use a wide range of subject terminology and be aware of strategies to help students use these terms for themselves
  • Provide learners with actionable, motivational and manageable subject specific feedback in order for them to make progress in their learning
  • Create classroom climates that are inclusive for all learners regardless of ability or background through an awareness of potential barriers to learning and how to overcome these
  • Learn how to activate hard thinking in their subject as a result of a deliberate approach to structuring, explaining, questioning, interacting and embedding knowledge

Entry Requirements

A degree in History or a related subject, at class 2:2 or above
Maths and English GCSE at grade 4/C or above
Involvement with young people in some capacity
An awareness of issues in History Education

Reading List

Below are the essential texts you should read:
The following texts as not essential reading but would be worth becoming familiar with:
Textbooks for the examination board you will be teaching:

Course Funding

There is currently no funding for this subject. To find out more about financing your teacher training, click here

Course Codes

QTS with PGCE, full time or part time - 2GGM

Lead Subject Tutor

Dan Chapman

Dan is the Head of History and More Able Lead at Brentwood County High School where he has worked since 2018 after completing his training with Mid Essex ITT. He has had numerous roles within the school since his qualification, including a student mentoring position.

Dan has spent the last six years mentoring and sub-mentoring trainees in both History and Sociology, and has supported students in achieving highly during their training and ECT years. He finds that the best approach to good practice is to work collaboratively and discuss experiences in the classroom in order to improve skill going forward.

Dan took over as Lead Subject Tutor in 2023 and is looking forward to continuing to support future trainees at Mid Essex ITT, and play a role in their development to give the same support he received himself.

Dan Chapman

Dan Chapman