This period study focuses on the development of America during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of expansion and consolidation ...
These structural pressures are compounded at a time when again many believe
that history in schools is ‘in danger’. The growth of academy schools outside local
authority control and the introduction of a more skills-orientated NC in 2007 has seen history increasingly taught as part of ‘humanities’ by non-specialists. KS3 has been compressed into two rather than three years in some schools to allow more time for GCSEs; the Historical Association has found that a growing number of KS3 students get a diet of no more than an hour per week of history . One fear is that history could go the way of Latin, becoming an almost exclusive enclave of the privately-educated upper and middle class. At the moment Schama accuses it of being ‘drive-by history’.
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Since Mr Tissot's arrival, the school has continued to flourish, with GCSE and A Level results remaining high. In 2015, 70% of GCSE pupils acheived 5 A* - C grades and 25% achieved A*/A.
Pupils at Hawthorn High were also opening their results envelopes on Thursday.