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  1. Rationale This enquiry uses the life of Thomas Clarkson (who is buried just a few miles from our school) to explore the issue of slavery. Pupils explore why Thomas Clarkson became so passionate about abolishing slavery and how he managed to achieve his aim of ending slavery in the British Empire. Centering this enquiry around a powerful story and focusing on one individual allows pupils to connect more closely with the learning experience. This enquiry allows pupils to explore the role of the individual in history. They assess the contribution Clarkson made to the anti-slavery campaign by w
  2. On Friday I heard that our school’s application for specialist school status (leading in history) has been turned down by the DfES (Specialist Schools Designation Team - whoever they are). This has come as a complete shock and left me feeling angry, extremely disappointed and confused. On a personal level I feel like this is a real kick in the teeth after everything I have tried to do for the last 10 years. I also feel that this is an example of how subject specialism and the history education community is under-valued despite the great work that is going on at the moment. Number crunchers and
  3. My Year 10 (aged 14-15) are now starting on a piece of coursework: 'Why is JFK remembered so positively?'. I have attached the questions they came up with in groups. Answers and different views from experts would be great for when we start back in September or for pupils to look at over the Summer. Question: How do people in America today view JFK? Is he seen as a hero? Is his reputation growing/declining? Why?
  4. My Year 10 (aged 14-15) are now starting on a piece of coursework: 'Why is JFK remembered so positively?'. I have attached the questions they came up with in groups. Answers and different views from experts would be great for when we start back in September or for pupils to look at over the Summer. Question: What was JFK’s greatest achievement?
  5. My Year 10 (aged 14-15) are now starting on a piece of coursework: 'Why is JFK remembered so positively?'. I have attached the questions they came up with in groups. Answers and different views from experts would be great for when we start back in September or for pupils to look at over the Summer. Question: Did the press know about JFK’s affairs – especially with Marilyn Monroe? If so, why did they keep quiet about it? Why didn’t JFK’s private life create a scandal?
  6. My Year 10 (aged 14-15) are now starting on a piece of coursework: 'Why is JFK remembered so positively?'. I have attached the questions they came up with in groups. Answers and different views from experts would be great for when we start back in September or for pupils to look at over the Summer. Question: To what extent did JFK improve relations between the USA and the Soviet Union after the Cuban Missile Crisis?
  7. My Year 10 (aged 14-15) are now starting on a piece of coursework: 'Why is JFK remembered so positively?'. I have attached the questions they came up with in groups. Answers and different views from experts would be great for when we start back in September or for pupils to look at over the Summer. Question: How dangerous was the disagreement between the Soviet Union and the USA over Berlin? Was this potentially more dangerous than the Cuban Missile Crisis?
  8. My Year 10 (aged 14-15) are now starting on a piece of coursework: 'Why is JFK remembered so positively?'. I have attached the questions they came up with in groups. Answers and different views from experts would be great for when we start back in September or for pupils to look at over the Summer. Question: Would JFK have been re-elected? If so, by what kind of margin?
  9. My Year 10 (aged 14-15) are now starting on a piece of coursework: 'Why is JFK remembered so positively?'. I have attached the questions they came up with in groups. Answers and different views from experts would be great for when we start back in September or for pupils to look at over the Summer. Question: How important was JFK’s contribution to the civil rights cause? Did he do more than any President before or since?
  10. My Year 10 (aged 14-15) are now starting on a piece of coursework: 'Why is JFK remembered so positively?'. I have attached the questions they came up with in groups. Answers and different views from experts would be great for when we start back in September or for pupils to look at over the Summer. Question: Did JFK play the key role in ending the Cuban Missile Crisis? Was the final decision his or did he follow advice from others?
  11. My Year 10 (aged 14-15) are now starting on a piece of coursework: 'Why is JFK remembered so positively?'. I have attached the questions they came up with in groups. Answers and different views from experts would be great for when we start back in September or for pupils to look at over the Summer. Question: Was JFK aware of the plots to kill Castro? If so, did he do anything to try and stop them?
  12. My Year 10 (aged 14-15) are now starting on a piece of coursework: 'Why is JFK remembered so positively?'. I have attached the questions they came up with in groups. Answers and different views from experts would be great for when we start back in September or for pupils to look at over the Summer. Question: Could JFK have done anything to stop the Bay of Pigs invasion?
  13. My Year 10 (aged 14-15) are now starting on a piece of coursework: 'Why is JFK remembered so positively?'. I have attached the questions they came up with in groups. Answers and different views from experts would be great for when we start back in September or for pupils to look at over the Summer. Question: Is there clear evidence that the CIA and the mafia worked together? If so, where, how and why?
  14. My Year 10 (aged 14-15) are now starting on a piece of coursework: 'Why is JFK remembered so positively?'. I have attached the questions they came up with in groups. Answers and different views from experts would be great for when we start back in September or for pupils to look at over the Summer. Question: What were JFK’s plans for the CIA, had he been re-elected?
  15. My Year 10 (aged 14-15) are now starting on a piece of coursework: 'Why is JFK remembered so positively?'. I have attached the questions they came up with in groups. Answers and different views from experts would be great for when we start back in September or for pupils to look at over the Summer. Question: Is there any link between the assassinations of JFK, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy?
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