Learning, Teaching and Assessment in History

The OAKS course is built upon History in the National Curriculum, the Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status and the needs of Trainee Teachers, pupils and schools. History sessions will essentially look at ways of teaching History content through the 11-18 age range. Typical topics for History sessions include:

  • Using the national curriculum in the classroom – How to choose what topics in history to teach.
  • How to teach the following key topics; Battle of Hastings, World War One, World War Two, The English Civil War, Slavery, The Holocaust.
  • Creativity in the classroom – How do you engage pupils?
  • Exam technique – how do we prepare our students for the exam?
  • Starter and Plenary tasks to engage historians.
  • Differentiation in history – How to allow access for all students in history.

An important part of the course is learning how to create a stimulating and caring environment. To help create such an environment, you need to be enthusiastic and lessons need to be well planned and related to the needs of pupils. They need to be conducted in a well-organised way with a positive approach to control. You will be able to prepare in advance for handling different situations, since strategies for maintaining discipline and managing the learning in a History laboratory are considered and discussed.

You will be encouraged to make use of Digital Technologies. Considerable attention is given to the use of Digital Technologies during the course. We also place emphasis on the development of your skills in Digital Technologies (both personal and professional) and provide a wealth of opportunities for you to become a highly competent, skilled technology user, whatever your starting point.

School experience

There are excellent working relationships between colleagues at our lead schools, the OAKS and other partnership schools that will contribute to your professional development. All schools have subject mentors who have been trained by us and they are responsible for your learning and development when on placement.

Course participants are assessed through written academic assignments and portfolios of evidence. Throughout your placements you will be assessed against the National Teacher Standards. Your final award will be either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, the outcome being determined by your performance in your formal academic assignments.

History trainee teachers are eligible for tax-free bursaries. Click here for further details on funding.