Links with other areas Opportunities include: The Historical Association The Schools History Project EEDEN (East of England Development Education Network) The UEA Anglia Ruskin University Teaching History Cambridge University The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge Museums Libraries and Archives (East of England) Links The Historical Association in Suffolk www.history.org.uk The Humanities Association www.hums.org.uk Association for Citizenship Training (ACT) www.teachingcitizenship.org.uk Find out more: If you would like to know more about living and teaching in Suffolk, contact: Suffolk County Council, Teacher Recruitment and Retention Service, Endeavour House, Russell Road Ipswich IP1 2BX Tel: 01473 264582 Email: email@example.com Visit: www.suffolk.gov.uk/teach Suffolk’s schools History teaching in our schools Our maintained schools are all co-educational and comprehensive. There are 357 schools in the county - 256 primary schools, 40 middle schools, 38 Suffolk has made good use of international and national research to inform upper/high schools (37 with specialist status), nine special schools, one pedagogy. Suffolk schools are innovative and aspirational, they are planning nursery school and 13 Pupil Referral Units. More than 100 primary schools a variety of responses to curriculum changes, including piloting the new have attached nurseries and many more have pre-school/playgroups on site. GCSE History specifications and Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study. We also have three Training schools and three Leading Edge schools. The LA is committed to supporting teachers in all phases with strategies that School reorganisation – key information develop talking, thinking and learning. All key stages are using Active In March 2007, Suffolk County Council decided to move towards a two tier Learning strategies and Leading in Learning principles. Ofsted has system of education across the county, with primary schools covering the 4 to 11 recognised the good use made of AfL in many History departments. age range and secondary schools covering the 11-16 or 11-18 age range. This will mean that over the next few years, the middle schools will be phased out as reorganisation takes place. The county remains committed to the recruitment and retention of a high quality schools workforce to meet the needs of Suffolk’s Support for History children throughout the period of reorganisation and then beyond. For teachers information about the reorganisation go to www.suffolk.gov.uk/sor The Humanities team can support learning and teaching for all phases. Examples of support include: personalisation of learning; Why should I teach History in coaching and mentoring; self evaluation; action planning and subject leadership. Suffolk? Suffolk has always had a reputation for high quality History activity. There NQTs have a trained mentor who will are strong links with examination boards, the SHP (Schools History Project) support, monitor and assess their progress during the induction period. They and the HA (Historical Association). Many of Suffolk’s teachers are have the opportunity to participate in a customised professional examiners or markers and share their expertise at network meetings. QCA development programme, including termly subject specific INSET for NQTs. recently chose Suffolk as the first county to trial the new KS3 for History and Suffolk schools regularly contribute to academic journals such as Experienced teachers are given appropriate support and professional Teaching History. development according to need. A full programme of CPD is provided at all levels for History teachers. Examples include: Raising Attainment at GCSE, Suffolk schools are committed to providing high Meeting the challenges of the new KS3, Enlivening A Level teaching, Active quality learning experiences with accommodation to All key stages are Learning in History and making the most of ICT in History. match; many schools have already undergone using Active Learning Each year Suffolk hosts a Secondary History Conference attended by development of their accommodation. The strategies and Leading forthcoming Building Schools for the Future nationally renowned keynote speakers in Learning principles. programme should result in enhanced opportunities Ofsted has recognised In addition there are thriving Suffolk History Teachers Networks in all three to develop the use of ICT in History. the good use made of areas of the county. These meet once per term and provide opportunities to AfL in many History share good practice and plan curriculum development projects. There are departments. also a number of local networks, where clusters of schools meet together to plan new units and share resources.