Our Vision:

The History department is fully committed to ensuring that all students develop a love of history through enjoyment and engagement and are empowered to be critical thinkers who have a fully developed understanding of the world and themselves.

We aim to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. History at Erdington Academy should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teachers equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We want our pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity, culture and heritage, and the challenges of their time.

The department has high expectations for all we encourage our students to have a positive attitude towards learning and a thirst for knowledge. We reward students who participate well and seek to encourage all to be confident and resilient. Within the department we endeavour to develop skills as well as knowledge – skills such as problem solving, decision making, teamwork, leadership and communication. We are committed to building good relationships with all students and as a team we constantly reflect on and refine our own practice and share with others, ensuring all students have the best possible learning experience so this can help enhance their future life chances.

“If you do not know where you come from, then you don’t know where you are, and if you don’t know where you are, then you don’t know where you’re going. And if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re probably going wrong.” ― Terry Pratchett


You should study History if you want to pursue a career in the civil service (government), local government, law, police, teaching, journalism, museums and libraries, research.

History is highly valued as an academic qualification by all careers and educational establishments.

Curriculum Map:

History 2017-2018

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Extra Curricular Opportunities:

Please refer to our Twitter feed and the school app for updates on:

– Revision Classes (every Thursday 3-4pm)

– Competitions and events

AQA Subject overview (3yr course)

AQA Companion Guide GCSE History