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    Is there anything anybody believes should be compulsory on the curriculum?

    My bent is history so I have issues with how it is taught. Was just saying with friends then, it is badly taught at the moment. For example, during one term you'll learn about say the Russian Revolution and Mao's China and then be expected to have an exam on them. But that to me doesn't make sense unless you're teaching to a group of people who know the *general* sweep of history of those regions and countries. And that can't be done in one term. How can you try to explain say Chinese foreign policy under Mao to people who don't even know the historical background to Asia? (ie that China was recovering from imperial collapse, colonialism had just ended, Qing stagnation etc).

    I'd re-structure so like 50% would be British history (the more in-depth topics) and the other 50% each term would be more general world history rather than one specific topic. So for example for GCSE...

    Quote Originally Posted by GCSE
    Term One

    - History of the British Constitution
    - The Age of Discovery

    Term Two

    - History of the British Empire
    - The Dark Ages

    Term Three

    - Key Wars and Battles of the British Isles
    - Age of Enlightenment and The Renaissance

    Term Four

    - Modern Elizabethan Britain (1952 onwards)
    - Ancient Empires (Roman, Greek, Mongolian, Persia)
    Then at A-Level you could go more specific on the topics and build on the general sweep, so...

    Quote Originally Posted by A Level
    British in-depth topics

    - Constitutional relationship between the Crown and Parliament
    - Union of Scotland and England
    - British America
    - British India

    World in-depth topics

    - Decline of Qing China
    - Unification of Germany
    - Fall of the Roman Empire
    - Spain as a world power
    That way i've built some foundations in the earlier years which people need to know as general knowledge anyway but also so that when it reaches A Level we're not scratching around in the dark trying to learn topics that we've been thrown into w/o background.

    what do people think?

    or have you got comments on other parts of the curriculum that you'd change?
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    This isn't so much a change to an existing subject however,
    I've always believed first-aid should be taught in schools. It's a shame it's not a subject that is worthy of a GCSE level but I do understand it's not a subject that can uphold a huge amount of time learning as well as not easily tested like maths and English. I am happy St John ambulance, Red cross and other first-aid organisations are raising awareness and providing lessons and cadet groups for young people and adults. What do you all think? Is first-aid just as important as the compulsory or optional GCSE subjects? Should it be kept as an outside academic hours subject or should it be introduced into schools
    Just a kid drowning in A levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasLaws View Post
    This isn't so much a change to an existing subject however,
    I've always believed first-aid should be taught in schools.
    That's actually a really good idea, and one that wouldn't even be that hard to implement. It would only require a handful of sessions and so wouldn't cut into much other teaching time (and could be done as part of "humanities" if need be) to be refreshed every let's say 3 years of a student's school career, and then we'd have a nation of people not only aware of care remedies but able to implement many themselves
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