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I am Head of History and a Teaching and Learning Guide at a large secondary school. I teach all Key Stages with a focus on teaching GCSE and A Level to large classes. As I am in the classroom I understand the demands being placed on teachers by new specifications and assessment criteria. Through sharing these resources I hope to help teachers acquire new resources and ideas to make the step to the new specifications a successful one.

I am Head of History and a Teaching and Learning Guide at a large secondary school. I teach all Key Stages with a focus on teaching GCSE and A Level to large classes. As I am in the classroom I understand the demands being placed on teachers by new specifications and assessment criteria. Through sharing these resources I hope to help teachers acquire new resources and ideas to make the step to the new specifications a successful one.
Edexcel History GCSE - Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots
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Edexcel History GCSE - Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

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THIS RESOURCE RELATES TO THE PEARSON EDEXCEL 9-1 ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND BOOK. This lesson begins with a challenging starter activity to get students to consider what they have learnt about Elizabethan England so far - low, high and challenging questions used for a differentiated approach. This could be widened into a main activity for revision at a later point. Guided questions help students to explore Mary's execution and the work of Francis Walsingham.
KS4 - GCSE History - Elizabethan England - Political and Religious rivalry - England and Spain
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KS4 - GCSE History - Elizabethan England - Political and Religious rivalry - England and Spain

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This lesson is based on a booklet and PPT helping students to understand different aspects of rivalry between England and Spain. A starter activity based on a practice exam question recaps on Elizabeth's foreign policy decisions to provide context and various activities throughout the lesson and booklet help students to understand key turning points such as the Spanish Fury and the Pacification of Ghent. A final activity asks students to create a graph using evidence to reflect on the relationship between England and Spain over time. This lesson would be straight forward to differentiate further if needed.
KS5 - AQA Unit 1D - Revision and overview questions - Supported Group work
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KS5 - AQA Unit 1D - Revision and overview questions - Supported Group work

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This activity is based on the key questions highlighted by AQA as being significant to the Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy course. Each of the 6 questions have been turned into a supported task with clear instructions and advice for students to enable them to create a handout for the class. The differentiated aspect through providing students with thinking points and questions works well to support and challenge. A ready to go lesson.
KS4 GCSE History - Elizabethan England - Why did the Spanish Armada fail?
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KS4 GCSE History - Elizabethan England - Why did the Spanish Armada fail?

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This lesson focuses on the reasons behind the failure of the Armada. In order to make the information concise a booklet has been created to guide students through the information in a relevant and interesting way, i.e. cloze exercises, source analysis, card sorts. Answers to card sort activities provided and differentiation in terms of how many cards match each heading. Further differentiation would be very straightforward if needed. This lesson links to the relevant section in the new Edexcel 9-1 GCSE.
AQA Unit 1D - Recap on Cromwell as Lord Protector - 1653-1655
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AQA Unit 1D - Recap on Cromwell as Lord Protector - 1653-1655

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This resource is a worksheet/booklet intended to recap the beginning of Cromwell’s Protectorate up to beginning of the Rule of the Major Generals for students who completed this topic during lockdown. It contains simplified information and a few short tasks to check learning. Related to AQA Unit 1D - Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy.
AQA Unit 1D - Recap on Cromwell's Protectorate, 1655-1658
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AQA Unit 1D - Recap on Cromwell's Protectorate, 1655-1658

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This resource is a worksheet/booklet intended to recap the later years of Cromwell’s Protectorate, from the beginning of the Rule of the Major Generals until the end of the Kingship Crisis and Humble Petition and Advice for students who completed this topic during lockdown. It contains simplified information and a few short tasks to check learning. Related to AQA Unit 1D - Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy.
KS5 - James I and Charles I - Belief, Personality and the Royal Courts
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KS5 - James I and Charles I - Belief, Personality and the Royal Courts

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This whole lesson resource will support units, including AQA Unit 1D, studying James I and Charles I. The PPT and booklet talk students through the significance of the royal courts whilst providing examples of historiography, questions and a sorting task to further their understanding. This is then applied by completing a Venn Diagram based on a task which asks students to move around the room - all resources included. Teacher answers to the initial card sort included. Very concise and informative - accessible to all.
Teaching and Learning Support - Constructive Feedback
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Teaching and Learning Support - Constructive Feedback

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This training session could be used for line managers, heads of departments, heads of year, teaching and learning guides etc. The aim of the session is to emphasise the importance of constructive feedback and give some advice and ideas on how this can be achieved. Role play scenario included so new advice can be implemented.
KS4 - GCSE History - Elizabethan England - The Poor
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KS4 - GCSE History - Elizabethan England - The Poor

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This lesson was planned for the Edexcel 9-1 Elizabethan England course. Starter activity used to help prepare and introduce students to key words and definitions needed for the lesson. PPT and booklet with varied activities, such as card sort and cloze exercises, included to guide students and maintain engagement. Topics covered - Enclosure and problems, why people were poor etc. All answers needed on PPT to help teacher explanation.
AQA Unit 1D - 1603 - 1649 - James I and Charles I - timeline for overview/introduction/revision
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AQA Unit 1D - 1603 - 1649 - James I and Charles I - timeline for overview/introduction/revision

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This timeline looks at 58 significant events from 1603-1649 to help students to see the overview of the AQA Unit 1D course. Events are summarised and their significance and thematic links highlighted. To encourage higher attainers there are also questions attached to events to help students to think about the wider context and links across the course. This is useful as an overview, introduction or revision and would be suitable for Y12 or Y13 sitting this course. This resource could also support numerous follow up tasks specifically geared towards your students - i.e. find examples of religious tension across the period, etc.
AQA History  Unit 1D - Recap on Settlement, 1646-48
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AQA History Unit 1D - Recap on Settlement, 1646-48

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This resource is intended to recap the Settlement period under Charles I for students who completed this topic during lockdown. It contains simplified information and a few short tasks to check learning. Related to AQA Unit 1D - Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy.
AQA Unit 1D - Recap on The Nominated Assembly, 1653
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AQA Unit 1D - Recap on The Nominated Assembly, 1653

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This resource is a worksheet/booklet intended to recap the creation and work of the Nominated Assembly, 1653, for students who completed this topic during lockdown. It contains simplified information and a few short tasks to check learning. Related to AQA Unit 1D - Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy.
AQA Unit 1D - Recap on The Rump Parliament, 1649-1653
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AQA Unit 1D - Recap on The Rump Parliament, 1649-1653

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This resource is a worksheet/booklet intended to recap the action of the Rump Parliament from 1649-1653 for students who completed this topic during lockdown. It contains simplified information and a few short tasks to check learning. Related to AQA Unit 1D - Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy.
KS3 Wordsearches
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KS3 Wordsearches

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This is a selection of 8 wordsearches covering various KS3 topics. They could be used as a bell task, starter or extension task. To make the wordsearches more complex students could then be asked to define the words they have found or use them in their historical context.
Behaviour Management Basics
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Behaviour Management Basics

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This resource is intended to be a brief overview for new or developing staff about some techniques or things to consider which will help them to implement positive behaviour management in their lessons.
Staff Exam Analysis Feedback Support
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Staff Exam Analysis Feedback Support

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This resource asks questions which enable staff to consider their exam results, how to spot trends and make positive steps forward. This could be completed during a departmental exam analysis session with discussion or individually.