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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Leaving Cert History Higher Level: 'The Jarrow March cannot be ignored'

Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor

Published 11/06/2014 | 18:04

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Pupils of Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin sitting their Leaving Certificate Examination which began yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke
Future history students can’t afford to ignore the Jarrow March, a teacher has advised. Photo: Tom Burke

Any student who gambled on the Jarrow March not making a repeat appearance on the higher level paper may now be regretting it.

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The topic turned up again this year, in the Dictatorship and Democracy section. 

According to teacher, Sean Delap, a question involving the Jarrow March and social and economic problems in Britain and Germany in the inter-war years has appeared every year, bar one, at higher level since the introduction of the new course in 2006.

“Future history students can’t afford to ignore this question,” Mr Delap from the Institute of Education, Dublin advises.

Overall, he thought  the paper was fair and that students had a reasonable choice in each section.

However, he said there were some tricky elements and it was perhaps more challenging than in recent years.

He said students who studied their case studies in each section would be happy as questions on these appeared in each section.

However, students who may have been expecting the Treaty to appear in the Documents Based Question, would have been disappointed as Belfast during World War II appeared instead.   

However, it was extremely straightforward, he said.

Mr Delap thought the questions in the Northern Ireland section were difficult enough while questions in Europe and the World were more straightforward.

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