History of immigration to be included in new GCSEs

The TES is reporting that the new history GCSEs will see pupils studying migration into Britain and the fact that it “has always been a feature” of the country…

News of the qualifications, developed by exam board OCR, comes with controversy over immigration at the top of the political agenda.

The board hopes that including the topic will encourage more teenagers to take history. Mike Goddard, the board’s head of history, also suggested that knowledge of previous waves of migration into the UK could also help contemporary discussion on the issue.

“The history of migration into our country doesn’t necessarily inform these debates and potentially it could do in a useful way,” he told TES.

Significant periods of immigration since Roman times will be covered in a topic included in two new history GCSEs being developed by the board for first teaching from September 2016…

Migrations that may feature in the GCSEs include the Croatians from Dalmatian who built the Roman Hardknott Fort in the Lake District and the many examples of Africans, and Greek merchants in British Roman society.

More recently, research has suggested that as much as 6 per cent of London’s population in 1440 were foreign migrants.

The draft GCSEs will be submitted for accreditation in spring 2015 and the optional migration topic are in response to government reforms that require history students to undertake an extended study of a theme from at least medieval times to today…

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove I’m pretty sure that this is already included but current politics has meant that it needs to be spelled out

  2. mcroberts_simon

    SchoolsImprove modern migration already covered. Surely it should be down to schools to teach about migration in their local area at KS3

  3. mcroberts_simon

    SchoolsImprove modern migration already covered. Surely it should be down to schools to teach about migration in their local area at KS3

  4. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove Still no clarity as to whether it is ‘immigration’ or ‘migration’. If Mig shd already be in geog and if immig, in History

  5. SanghaDr

    SchoolsImprove History of Immigration – include connections of MigrantCommunities with Britain&theirSocialEconomicCultural&Political inputs

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