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Debating in the Name of History

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Summary

Teacher Hannah Dalton has devised a way of successfully raising the attainment levels of lower ability pupils at Key Stage 3.

Hannah, the head of history at Cromwell Community College in Cambridgeshire, challenges the students' thinking and sparks a debate by putting forward an incorrect or overly simplistic view on the subject they're discussing.

She uses character cards to help the Year 7 students identify with real people from the past, they work in small groups and set out to attack their teacher's argument.

The staff share their top tips for helping students grasp important concepts, teaching them to explore at a deeper level, and enabling pupils to articulate their ideas, all of which are transferable to all aspects of the curriculum.

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