New Migration thematic study

As part of our commitment to building a more inclusive History curriculum, we announced last year that we are adding a new Migration topic (Migrants in Britain, c800-present and Notting Hill, c1948-1970) to our current Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History specification.

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We are delighted to announce that, having worked closely with Ofqual, the new topic is now ready and available for first teaching from September 2021 and first assessment in June 2022.  

Migration will sit alongside Crime, Medicine and Warfare as a fourth thematic study and accompanying historic environment (Paper 1).

The Final Draft Content and Final Draft SAMs and Information Booklet are now available:

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The Migration thematic study will be available for first teaching in September 2021 and first assessment in June 2022. This means that you can include Migration in your History curriculum for students who started their GCSEs in September 2020.

We know that getting up and running with teaching a new topic involves time and preparation. We are fully committed to supporting you to teach this important topic.

We will be providing a scheme of work, a topic booklet and new and updated materials.

The Migration topic will also be supported with new textbooks, teacher resources and revision resources published by Pearson and Hodder Education* and these will be available for the autumn term 2021.

We’d like to thank the many teachers and subject experts who’ve worked with us on developing this new Migration topic, providing important feedback and ideas about content. We think it will be a valuable addition to our specification and an important step in our plans to make our History qualifications more diverse and inclusive.

The content of our qualifications constantly evolves, and we always encourage feedback and take action on it where possible. We are aware of the importance of offering History curricula that appeal to and represent all the students they serve, and of the value to all students of curricula that reflect more fully the ways that Britain has been shaped by its interactions with the wider world.

We're working therefore with key stakeholders to think about how future specifications can be designed to be more inclusive. We welcome input from teachers and students who'd be interested in contributing to our research. If this is something you'd be interested in doing, please contact our History Subject Advisor, Mark Battye.

Contact our History Subject Advisor, Mark Battye.

For other useful content highlighting diversity and inclusion in history, please visit our 'Diversity and inclusion in History' page to download free resources including History Topic of the Month, case studies, blogs and more.

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*You do not have to purchase any resources, including those from Pearson, to deliver our qualifications.