New Migration thematic study

We will be adding a new Migration topic to our Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History specification from September 2020 (subject to Ofqual approval). Migration will sit alongside Crime, Medicine and Warfare as a fourth thematic study and accompanying historic environment (Paper 1).

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The new Migration thematic study has been submitted to Ofqual for approval, and we can now share the full draft content and sample assessment with teachers:

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Please note that this content is not final until it has been approved by Ofqual and so may be subject to change.

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 (by delivering Migration to students in Year 11 from September 2021), rather than waiting until next year.

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.

As with any new content, we are working hard to ensure that you'll also get lots of free support materials, including free online training on the new topic. Pearson will also be developing a textbook and revision materials, as well as freely available teacher resources to support you in delivering this topic.

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, therefore, working 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.

Contact our History Subject Advisor, Mark Battye.

A recent blog by Mark Battye provides some more information about our plans for this topic and gives you some ideas about some of the key events and individuals that could feature in your taught course.

Read Mark's blog about migrants in Britain from c800 to the present day  

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.

Download free resources from our 'Diversity and inclusion in History' page