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Enabling you to gain historical perspective by placing your knowledge into different contexts.


The study of history enables students to gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

We aim to develop historians that are both well informed and responsible world citizens. Educating students about key concepts of History not only makes students more understanding of diverse world cultures, it also changes the way students think about problem solving and how they apply a unique set of skills to achieve success. Students will work hard to think critically about the world around them and to fully comprehend their own place in the world. 

The History Faculty at Rushden Academy seeks to enable our students to do the following: 

  • To develop a love of the subject that continues into adult life
  • To gain skills - both subject specific and those wider, transferable skills linked to the world of work - such as causation, significance, consequence, change and continuity, extended reading, and analytical skills
  • To foster a sense of ambition by making students aware of the range of careers that history skills contribute to - eg. teaching/policing/research/museum curating/politics and a range of careers where it is important to be able to read, select and present significant information in a logical way
  • To equip our pupils with both British and world cultural heritage based on an acquired understanding of the key events and people who have shaped it
  • For our pupils to recognise the historical importance of their locality, giving them a secure sense of place and being
  • For our pupils to be able to develop a strong empathetic view of the people whose stories they will have opportunities to study
  • For our pupils to develop an appreciation and understanding of cultural, social, political, economic, religious and military factors throughout history
  • To examine the role of key individuals in shaping both British and world history 
  • To further their historical understanding and interest through a range of appropriate site-visits, locally and further-afield 
  • To support our students in developing reading and writing skills that supports literacy across the curriculum
  • Students will develop an understanding of the events of the past through investigating chronology, causation, continuity and change. 
  • Students will develop the skills to select, interpret, evaluate and analyse historical evidence. 
  • Students will learn how to present their ideas in a variety of ways across all Key Stages. 

Historical Concepts:

  • Continuity and change
  • Cause and consequence
  • Similarity, difference and significance
  • Interpretation

KS3 History National Curriculum Link

Exam board hyperlink: Edexcel GCSE

Edexcel A level

Termly Curriculum Programmes


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