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Head of History Network

The network is a chance for Heads of History to get together to discuss current issues in Secondary History Education. The group will meet termly in twilight sessions in schools across the ATSA network.

Who is this course for?

The network is a chance for Heads of History to get together to discuss
current issues in Secondary History Education. The group will meet termly in twilight sessions in schools across the ATSA network.

What are the objectives or outcomes?

The objectives are for Heads of History to:
  • discuss the changes to the History curriculum such as ‘Life After Levels’ and the new ‘strengthened’ GCSEs;
  • discuss the challenges facing the teaching of History across the Key Stages and to consider effective approaches to the development of subject understanding and skill;
  • discuss different approaches to curriculum design and the structuring of teaching across the Key Stages;
  • develop effective working relationships across the ATSA network and to facilitate dedicated time to discuss the specific issues facing Heads of History.

Practical Information

The meetings will take place at Sandringham School with sessions running from 4.00pm to 5.30pm on:
• Thurs 21st Sept 2017
• Thurs 1st Feb 2018
• Thurs 17th May 2018

The course will include sessions that will enable Heads of History to discuss each of the issues below and share their experiences, concerns, and  best practice:

  • Key Stage 3: curriculum design, skills development, and managing progression to GCSE
  • Key Stage 4: curriculum design, exam board strengths/weaknesses, and the sharing of best practice
  • Key Stage 5: exam board strengths/weaknesses, strategies to improve historical literacy, and the promotion of ‘super-curricular’ or ‘parallel’ curriculums.

Meet the facilitator:

Thom Leat
Thom Leat
Thom Leat is the Director of Learning of a successful History and Politics Faculty at Sandringham School, a post he has held since 2013. Thom was involved with the Department for Education programme which helped to develop approaches to the ‘postlevels’ Key Stage 3 assessment framework and has been involved in supporting other History Faculties across Hertfordshire. Thom works closely with the Alban Teaching School Alliance and is a regular contributor to the training of  experienced – and aspiring – Middle Leaders, as well as working with the Alban Federation to deliver training to trainees and NQTs.


£20 per delegate