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North, South and History.

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by chrisgibson01, Feb 15, 2019.

  1. chrisgibson01

    chrisgibson01 New commenter

    Just wondering what contributers may have to say about that I have noticed (but wouldn't be able to back up with data) .
    Are less schools in the north offering or encouraging pupils to study History at GCSE and A Level? There tends to be more job vacancies in the south, but is this because there's more people down here?
    Thanks for any comments,
  2. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I think it's much more likely to be to do with (a) the total number of schools, and (b) general supply/demand of teachers in those areas. Areas which are shorter of teachers overall may have a quicker turnover, so there may be more vacancies where that's the case. Some areas of the south are very expensive for teachers to live in, and have more difficulty recruiting for that reason.

    Suppose a school has two more GCSE groups in each year and one more A-level group in each year than another similar school. That would generate about 18 extra lessons a week - so less than one teacher more, and that's quite an extreme difference in uptake.
  3. CandysDog

    CandysDog Occasional commenter

    The data you seek (for A Level, at least) is on page 4 of this JCQ document. History looks pretty similar to an ‘average’ subject: more entries in the South than the Midlands and North, but only due to the greater population.
  4. chrisgibson01

    chrisgibson01 New commenter

    Thanks for both replies (and the link too CandysDog).

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