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Ofqual previously confirmed changes to be made to all GCSEs offered by all awarding bodies in England for teaching from September 2012. We are currently removing outdated specifications from the OCR website.
All teachers delivering OCR GCSEs should now be using the specifications marked as ‘from 2012’ after the subject e.g. for GCSE ‘Computing – J275 (from 2012)’.
Note: Past papers, mark schemes and examiner reports for outdated specifications are still available on the 'from 2012' version of the qualification and our past papers material finder.
With significant changes to GCSE history on the horizon, OCR and SHP are delighted to announce a major new partnership. We’ll be working together to produce the best possible, and only official, Schools History Project (SHP) specification, which will be provided exclusively by OCR.
The development is being led by SHP fellows and their Director, Michael Riley, so you can be confident that SHP’s core principles will be fully realised in the new specification. Existing good SHP practice from current GCSE qualifications will be preserved, and improvements made so that the specification genuinely aligns with SHP values.
Both OCR and SHP recognise that, although some aspects of GCSE history are in need of an overhaul, these changes will mean considerable upheaval and much hard work for teachers. So our specification will be fully supported with new books and resources, produced by SHP authors. OCR’s own experienced team of specialists will be on hand to support the specification as well.
You can read Michael Riley’s initial thoughts on the new subject criteria here in order to get an idea of the areas we’ll be addressing, and OCR will keep you updated with developments during the autumn and spring via its website and e-bulletins. Both SHP and OCR look forward to producing and supporting a new and genuine Schools History Project specification, and to ensuring that SHP’s 40 year tradition of supporting teachers and working to improve history teaching will continue to flourish under the new GCSE criteria.
We’re confident that we’ll end up with a rigorous and exciting qualification that will appeal to all SHP teachers, and will hopefully attract more.
OCR is delighted that SHP themselves are playing a key role in producing an SHP specification, and that they have agreed to work exclusively with us to develop, support and endorse the qualification. This underlines our commitment to working with the history teaching community, and we think it is highly appropriate that a specification labelled as ‘SHP’ should have that level of input from the Project.
We recognise and value SHP’s contribution to history in schools over the past four decades – just as we recognise that alternative approaches to history can also be valid. That is why, in addition to producing the only official SHP specification from 2016, we will also continue to offer an alternative, based around explaining the modern world. As with our exclusive SHP specification, this specification is being developed in partnership with experts, and will be fully resourced and supported.
Following the request from the regulator to all awarding organisations to strengthen their GCSE History specifications, we have worked with Ofqual to develop both our GCSE History A - Schools History Project and History B - Modern World specifications, which have now been accredited for first teaching in September 2013 (first certification in 2015).
The accredited specifications and specimen assessment materials are now available to download below.
The newly accredited specifications include some changes. For controlled assessment the use of compulsory coursework consultancy will now be required for both specifications. You can find further details on this and the new forms for submitting information to the consultancy service within each specification.
Our aim is to help you at every stage and we want to reassure you that we’ll continue to support you as you move into delivery of the specification. To keep up to date on when our new support resources become available sign up for our History email updates.
We’ve created sample resources for the new specifications to show you the materials we’re developing.
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