Good practice in the humanities

Summary

This report examines standards, provision and leadership of the humanities at key stages 2, 3 and 4 in schools where good practice has been identified.
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Recommendations

Schools should:

  • R1 Ensure a balance between the development of pupils’ skills and of their knowledge and understanding of subject content
  • R2 Ensure that pupils’ learning experiences in the humanities are wide-ranging, interesting, progressive and challenging, particularly at key stage 4
  • R3 Monitor the progress that pupils make in the humanities more closely
  • R4 Evaluate the curriculum for the humanities to prepare for the development and implementation of the new area of learning and experience
  • R5 Establish local networks of good practice to share resources and expertise, including making greater use of the schools’ locality

Local authorities and regional consortia should:

  • R6 Provide better professional learning opportunities for teachers of the humanities
  • R7 Provide more support for schools to evaluate their curriculum and to plan for the development of the humanities area of learning and experience

The Welsh Government should:

  • R8 Ensure that initial teacher education courses provide new teachers including primary teachers with the necessary skills to teach the humanities successfully and to respond to the new Curriculum for Wales