• Rethinking Maths for Black History Month and beyond – with Susan Okereke

    If you were asked to quickly picture a mathematician in your mind, what would that person look like? How old would they be? What gender? And what about the colour of their skin?  
    To mark this year’s Black History Month, we consider how to best achieve Maths diversity, with the wisdom of Susan Okereke. 

  • The questions a Primary History/Geography Leader should be asking

    Over the last few years, the role of a primary subject lead has changed. With a greater emphasis on the quality of curriculum children receive, the expectations of leaders in each subject have also risen dramatically. Gone are the days of simply allocating the different topics to year groups.

  • Announcement of a new migration thematic study

    GCSE (9-1) History – new Migration topic

    We are pleased to announce that we will be adding a brand new Migration topic to our GCSE (9-1) History specification from this September*. Migration will sit alongside Crime, Medicine and Warfare as a fourth thematic study and accompanying historic environment (Paper 1).The Migration thematic study will be available for first teaching September 2021 and first assessment June 2022. This means that you can include Migration in your History curriculum for students starting their GCSEs this September (by delivering Migration to students in Year 11 from September 2021), rather than waiting until next year.

    As with any new content we are working hard to ensure you will also get lots of free support materials, including free online training on the new topic. Pearson will also be developing a textbook, teacher support and revision materials to support you in delivering this topic.

    The content of our qualifications constantly evolves and we always encourage feedback and take action on it where possible. We are aware of the importance of offering History curricula that appeal to and represent all the students they serve, and of the value to all students of curricula that reflect more fully the ways that Britain has been shaped by its interactions with the wider world. Recent feedback we’ve received from students and teachers is that a topic specifically on migration in Britain would appeal to students in this country and help make the specification more diverse and inclusive. While it was already our intention to include a migration thematic study in GCSE History at the next specification reform, in light of recent events we’re conscious of the need to move more quickly and have accelerated this work to introduce the topic into the current specification.

    The development of a new topic takes time and care, and we want to consult widely to ensure it is fit for purpose and works within the existing specification structure. We will also be working with key stakeholders to think about how future specifications can be designed to be more inclusive. We would therefore welcome input from teachers and students who would be interested in contributing to our research. If this is something you would be interested in doing, please contact our subject advisor Mark Battye.

    *subject to Ofqual approval