Welcome to a new year, a new look and a new HA Survey!

Every best wish to everyone who has started, or is about to start, back at school for a new academic year. For those of you who have followed OBHD before, you will see we have a new look. You can now either read the latest post, or search for previous posts under the three headings:

  • Curriculum conversations – that’s posts that have an element of news / discussion about the current curriculum. It’s where this post will live!
  • Curriculum resources – that’s where we post high quality resources you can download and use. Tip: there are some super display materials there for classroom walls if you are needing to get that job sorted in the next week or so.
  • Curriculum thinking – these posts focus on aspects of history teaching, are solution focused and link to the long ‘history’ of thinking about history teaching to avoid reinventing wheels and going up blind alleys.

(By the way, the banner headline is a bit blurry, sorry – it’s a temp – new one soon!)

History teachers have such a strong subject community, and that’s only down to all of us working at it. Please do think about contributing to OBHD this year – we’d love to hear from you. Also, as Ofsted refocuses on the curriculum, do take advantage of all that the Historical Association offers from new CPD webinars to the annual conference, and from subject knowledge podcasts from historians to resources produced by HA Teaching Fellows – and much more. Find it all HERE. 

The HA works hard to represent history teachers to government, the media and the wider community. Something that makes this effective is the information from the annual HA Survey. The more people that complete this every year, the more reliable the data. The survey is out now. Please take 10 minutes to complete this. The link is here.  It really is so very important to the HAs work for all of us. Thank you!

We know that a lot of people will be involved in discussions about GCSE results. If you haven’t already seen it, then please take time to read and participate in the work Alex Ford is doing to draw inferences from the summer’s History GCSE results. Here is the link. 

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