The Secondary strand HA Conference 2018 resources are now online on the HA site. What a weekend of historical riches that was!
As we read these, members of the Secondary Committee were revisiting that wonderful few days in Stratford-upon-Avon in the spring. But what has stayed with us?
Well, it has to be said that the first thing we recalled was the fun and fellowship of being with so many like-minded and inspiring people in one place. Already the conversations and ideas from them have changed the way we teach. It was also so helpful to be able to talk to textbook publishers about what was on offer and to address GCSE concerns directly to the exam boards and OfQual. Then there was the great beer. Oh, and the sight of senior members of the HA cowering under cover on the front row of the extremely bloody production of the Duchess of Malfi on Saturday night…
But, what one thing did we all take from the rich array of workshops and lectures we attended? Here are just a few…
- Tracy Borman enlightened us about the gossip at the heart of the story of Queen Elizabeth I’ court.
- Tony Badger reframed the New Deal with a study of key women, including Eleanor Roosevelt.
… great to engage with and not be talked down to by academic historians!
- Some of us attended a thought-provoking workshop on Partition and left challenged to address the topic more thoroughly and with resource ideas.
- New thinking about the history of disability was presented, with solutions as to how to fit it into an already packed curriculum.
- Narrative at GCSE was de-mystified very effectively and we now feel confident we know what we are doing.
We could go on and on, but we won’t…!
Do have a look at the resources and think about spending your precious CPD resources on next year’s conference. The programme will be available later this term and it will once again offer an intense blend of subject knowledge updating, cutting-edge history teaching ideas, great networking and the latest history teaching gossip. Why not join us for Chester 2019? Meanwhile you can follow the HA @histassoc and on Facebook.