Humanities Update

Week Beginning Monday 6th January

Welcome Back

I hope that you have all had a good holiday and have managed to have some time off to rest and relax.

This term is a busy one, with lots going on. I hope that I have included all the relevant dates for the diary and have also included the most recent OFSTED updates which make interesting reading.

Have a good term,


Dates for your Diary

The following events / meetings / parent's evenings are taking place this term:

This Week - Year Team meeting.

Wed 15th Jan - Yr 11 results onto Go4Schools and BPCPD

Thurs 16th Jan - Solly Irving in school p5 for all yr 10 students and Faculty Meeting at 3.10

Mon 20th Jan - Yr 11 Parents Evening

Mon 27th Jan - Yr 9 Transfer Evening

Mon 3rd Feb - BPCPD 6

Mon 10th Feb - Yr 9 Parents Evening

Fri 14th Feb - CPD day: normal school timing

Year 11 Results

Don't forget that the Year 11 results from the Trial exams and Predicted grades need to be on Go4Schools by Wednesday 15th Jan.

Students who fail to achieve their target grade should resit their assessment and complete a red Humanities review form.

I'm happy to supervise any resits and am available this Thursday, Tues 14th, Wed 15th and Fri 16th for an hour after school if anyone would like me to carry out their resit for them. Just let me know who, when & pass a paper my way.

Students who fail to attend a resit session, should go through the Go4Schools behavioural process, starting with a HoS detention.

Also, all completed red forms should be sent my way too.

Departments should look at if it is worth resetting students (where possible) in light of their results.

Any problems then please let me know.


The following information about the changes to OFSTED was taken from which is quite a good read on it's own anyway and contains lots of ideas for Geography and Humanities in general.


Taken from page 18 of the Ofsted January 2014 Subsidiary guidance for Inspectors

Inspectors must not give the impression that Ofsted favours a particular teaching style. Moreover, they must not inspect or report in a way that is not stipulated in the framework, handbook or guidance. For example,

they should not criticise teacher talk for being overlong or bemoan a lack of opportunity for different activities in lessons unless there is unequivocal evidence that this is slowing learning over time.

It is unrealistic, too, for inspectors to necessarily expect that all work in all lessons is always matched to the specific needs of each individual.

Do not expect to see ‘independent learning’ in all lessons and do not make the assumption that this is always necessary or desirable.

On occasions, too, pupils are rightly passive rather than active recipients of learning. Do not criticise ‘passivity’ as a matter of course and certainly not unless it is evidently stopping pupils from learning new knowledge or gaining skills and understanding.

When in lessons, also remember that we are gathering evidence about a variety of aspects of provision and outcomes. We are not simply observing the features of the lesson but we are gathering evidence about a range of issues through observation in a lesson. Do not focus on the lesson structure at the expense of its content or the wide range of other evidence about how well children are learning in the school.

When giving feedback, inspectors must not argue that they are unable to give a particular grade because of the time spent in the lesson.

Inspectors must not aggregate the grades given for teaching in a formulaic or simplistic way in order to evaluate its quality overall.

CPD Day - Fri 14th Feb

The Faculty CPD day will be spent looking at Differentiation and it's implementation in Humanities lessons across the Key Stages.

The morning will be investigating methods of differentiating with practical ideas from Jo and myself which we picked up on Dragonfly courses. There will also be ideas on new technology that can help with differentiation in the classroom.

I will be asking everyone to bring along with them an example of differentiation from their own teaching that could be adapted across the 3 subjects.

The afternoon will be spent applying the ideas to SOW and coming up with differentiated resources for the following term as well as getting revision plans in place for Yr11,12 and 13 students.

3 Little Ideas