CE HISTORY (AT 13+ AND CASE)

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CE History

OVERVIEW

We offer Common Entrance (CE) history examinations at 13+ and as a scholarship examination (CASE) at 13+. Our history specification is designed by a team of setters made up of experienced Heads of Department from both prep and senior schools, and approved by ISEB’s Academic Committee for Humanities. 

Our history syllabus is based on Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum and aims to inspire a  love for history among pupils, an understanding of the causes and consequences of historical events, their own and others’ inheritance, and historical interpretation and enquiry. 

History for CE at 13+

Our aim in the history 13+ exam is to stretch the most able candidates, whilst still allowing less confident candidates to show what they can do and reward them for good narrative answers. Candidates taking CE history at 13+ will sit one paper, divided into two sections. 

History for CASE at 13+

The CASE assessment is based on the 13+ history specification, and is designed to challenge the most able candidates. Candidates taking the CASE history assessment will sit one paper, divided into three sections.

See the history specification below for more details.

DOCUMENTATION & RESOURCES

History CE/CASE specification (for final examinations in June 2022)

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New History CE/CASE specification (for first teaching from September 2021)

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History CE at 13+ specimen papers

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History guidance for summer CE/CASE 2022

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CPD: History CE at 13+ Twilight Session (2021)

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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Our Continuing Professional Development programme is a valuable resource for schools and teachers, with experienced subject experts providing friendly, comprehensive guidance on all aspects of CE 11+, 13+ and CASE through regular, interactive webinars. Visit our Events page to find out more about upcoming events.

Upcoming CPD webinar: Twilight CPD Sessions for June 2022 | History CE 13+

Join ISEB’s history specialist Bob Pace to reflect on year one teaching the new specification and explore tips and techniques for planning your schemes of work for year two. With the first year of the new specification drawing to a close, ask our specialists anything about your approaches this year. Have the opportunity to check your planning ideas and topics directly with Bob in an extended Q&A that will give you the opportunity to hear what other CE schools are doing too and share best practice with colleagues.

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TWILIGHT CPD SESSIONS: DISCOVER NEW CE HISTORY

History expert Bob Pace delivered a CPD session on the new CE History specification in 2021 - watch his presentation to find out more about the new specification.

INFORMATION, SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE

Visit our dedicated support hubs for information, guidance and advice on our examinations and assessments, tailored to schools and teachers.

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