New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
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History

Head of Department: Dr Jeanette Normanton Erry

Overview

The History department aims to build on the interest of students in the past, as well as develop their skills in understanding events and human motivation.

The challenges in meeting the needs of students with a visual impairment include:

  • The visual nature of some topics, including the propensity of assessment organisations to use pictorial sources on examination papers
  • Accessing the necessary large amounts of text when carrying out research
  • Grasping chronology without some of the visual 'pegs' which act as clues for fully sighted people
  • Lack of the incidental learning which is acquired through sight
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Examples of Adaptations for Visually Impaired students

A number of adjustments are made to teaching to meet the needs of students with a visual impairment:

  • Year 7 students go on a regular Humanities trips to a range of local sites, including castles, Worcester Cathedral and Pershore Abbey, as well as local museums
  • Older students visit a range of sites and in the last last few years have had the opportunity of going to Krakow, Berlin and most recently Amsterdam, which included a visit to the Anne Frank and Resistance museums
  • Structured work on developing research skills, through the use of resource banks of large print, Braille and electronic materials
  • Drama activities which aim to develop understanding of the visual imagery of sources
  • Use of kinaesthetic learning methods to develop understanding of chronology
  • Using the importance of the College in the history of the education of the visually impaired to develop awareness of the range of artefacts and sources which can help an historian to understand the past; including a KS3 unit on Blind people through History

Courses

Exam courses from September 2016:

A Level

AQA History; the Tudors, Louis XIV’s France and the Decline of Spain

GCSE

Y11 AQA Modern World

Y10 Eduqas: Crime and Punishment; Germany 1918-39; USA 1929-90; Elizabethan England