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History, a portrait of current practice in Scottish secondary schools

HM Inspectorate of Education
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History - a portrait of current practice in Scottish secondary schools History - a portrait of current practice in Scottish secondary schools Contents Page number 1. Introduction 1 2. The potential of history in relation to Curriculum for Excellence 2 3. A portrait of current practice in teaching for effective learning. 3 4. Conclusion 12 1 Introduction History – a portrait of current practice is one in a series of portraits by HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE), depicting current practice in key aspects of the Scottish curriculum. The portrait series is a recent initiative by HMIE, flowing from the Improving Scottish Education (ISE) report1. It is intended to promote improvements in Scottish education by drawing on the findings of inspections to stimulate reflection and debate. From time to time, portraits will be enhanced to include case studies of effective practice, usually to coincide with a good practice event in that subject. This portrait will be updated and enhanced with case studies and statistical evidence in due course. An important purpose of the portrait series is to relate existing pedagogy and curricular provision to the aspirations of Curriculum for Excellence2. By stimulating debate about teaching for effective learning, the portraits will challenge those involved in history teaching in Scotland to review the extent to which current practice is successfully promoting the four capacities in all young learners. This portrait is based on evidence obtained from HMIE visits to 24 secondary schools during the period April 2004 to June 2007. These visits included both general inspections and other visits to examine effective practice. Inspectors evaluated the quality of learning, teaching, meeting pupils’ needs and achievement. Improving Scottish Education ISE was published by HMIE in March 2006. This report highlighted the need to build on the strengths in Scottish education to

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