11-16 with post-16 enhancements
Cornwall SCITT: C79
Course Code: V11X
Cornwall Teaching School: 19U
Course Code: 25VB
Studying history helps young people to understand the world they live in. They learn about the history of their own country and how the struggle between monarchy and parliament has resolved into the democracy of the present day. They learn about the impact of significant individuals both for good and ill. They also learn about the history of the wider world and how other societies have developed, how conflicts have arisen and been resolved, and the struggle for democracy and equality in other societies. To be true citizens of the 21st Century our young people need to be able to relate to and empathise with peoples of all societies. The study of history also teaches a variety of work-related skills. These include the ability to write clearly and logically, to write and deliver reports, to present ideas, to evaluate evidence and scan information for relevant points.
The most important quality that all student teachers on our course possess is a genuine interest in history and sharing their passion and expertise with young people. Many graduates who consider teaching history hold a 2:1 degree or higher in history. Other routes into teaching history include degrees in politics or international studies.
Experience working with young people is always particularly beneficial, particularly experience in a UK comprehensive school observing and participating in history lessons. During early observations it may be useful to look out for how schools frame enquiry questions and plan lessons that are challenging and enjoyable and how schools are approaching the knowledge requirement of new GCSE courses. You will need a minimum of three days of school observation experience prior to interview and a minimum of ten days of school observation experience prior to starting the course.
During the course you will gain a secure knowledge and understanding of the main concepts and skills in history, sufficient to teach them confidently to students from the age of 11 to 16, with some experience of the post 16 route. This will involve the study of:
- Planning creative lessons
- Teaching the key concepts
- How to frame valid enquiry questions
- Use of local history to make lessons relevant
- Building secure subject knowledge
- Use of ICT, including IPads in history lessons
- Teaching the Holocaust through training delivered by the Holocaust Education Trust
The course will also explore the following issues from a subject-specific perspective:
- Lesson planning and sequences of lessons
- Meeting the needs of all pupils in the classroom
- Teaching and learning strategies and resources
- Techniques to support monitoring, assessing, recording and reporting pupil progress
- Promoting good behaviour and a positive climate for learning
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