At Burnley High School, we believe that History is important to the education of all. We believe that History helps pupils make sense of the current world and understand the complexity of people’s lives. It nurtures personal identity in a multi-cultural world and enables all students to discover their own place in their stories of their families, communities, and nation. They learn about and explore the lives of the many individuals and groups of people that have come before them and shaped the world in which they live. It helps them to understand how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. Most importantly, we want to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about their past, respect and embrace diversity and difference and allow them to become a well-rounded individual who is equipped to be successful in an ever changing world.

Throughout the curriculum, we challenge pupils to think critically, weigh evidence and develop perspective and judgement. They are encouraged to enquire, analyse and evaluate different events and actions that have helped to shape the world in which we live. Pupils are expected to show resilience and to “think outside the box” as they debate, and challenge ideas through respect and tolerance of others.

Knowledge of the past underpins our curriculum. Pupils are given an overview of their learning journey at the start of each unit of work so that they have a clear understanding of the journey they will go on. It outlines the skills they will develop in each unit of work. This allows them to see where each topic fits in their history and wider curriculum.

The curriculum is sequenced to build on existing knowledge and incrementally develop new knowledge. Pupils understand the sequence and what they’re required to learn as a result of using personal learning checklists. Spaced retrieval, low stakes testing and repeated practice are used to ensure that concepts are understood, and knowledge remembered. We place emphasis on the acquisition of subject specific vocabulary, modelling and explaining this in our teaching and facilitating exposure to it using ‘real-life’ application of their learning.

In addition to the diverse and rich opportunities offered through the teaching. We value opportunities to take pupils out on trips and welcoming visitors to the school, such as ex-war veterans and local historians to enhance the extra-curricular opportunities.

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I love BHS because it really does feel like a family. All staff and students know each other, are extremely supportive of one another and show amazing levels of respect throughout the school. There really isn’t another school like it!”

Miss Yates