Pearls of Wisdom from Teaching History 120

Continuing our series of looking back to a past edition of Teaching History, Secondary Committee member Emma Bevan has returned to edition 120 from September 2005. Here she gives some thoughts about what she has found there that resonates today.  A rallying cry to be braver in the history classroom When asked “why teach history?”, one of the most recurrent responses is that it allows … Continue reading Pearls of Wisdom from Teaching History 120

Tackling Racism: Teaching West African History pre-1700 – Benin

Alex Fairlamb (@lamb_heart_tea), member of HA Secondary Committee reflects here on how her department has taken action over the last year to address the problem of lack of ethnic diversity in the history department’s curriculum at her school. Alex makes clear the process of deep engagement with the history community that inspired, encouraged and enabled her to teach herself the knowledge she lacked and then … Continue reading Tackling Racism: Teaching West African History pre-1700 – Benin

Inspiration from Teaching History 109 ‘Examining History’

We are starting a series of blogposts where a colleague reflects on a previous edition of Teaching History, and shares some thoughts about an article within it, with reference to where we are today. Thanks to Secondary Committee member Martyn Bajkowski (@MrBajkowski) for going first.  At this time of the year, pandemic or not, I find myself reviewing my schemes of work.  One benefit of … Continue reading Inspiration from Teaching History 109 ‘Examining History’

“Face to face support” – this is what we are doing

Continuing our blogposts related to teaching history in a world with Covid-19 restrictions, Secondary Committee member and assistant head Richard Kennett (@kenradical) shares his department’s thoughts ahout “face-to-face” support for returning Y10s and Y12s.  So I’d imagine like us you are getting ready to welcome Year 10 and Year 12 back in some form in the next few weeks. Although I appreciate there is not … Continue reading “Face to face support” – this is what we are doing

Effective remote history teaching

In this blogpost HA Secondary Committee members Richard Kennett & Hugh Richards offer their thoughts about effective remote history teaching.  Although updates from the DfE are coming to schools quicker than William’s cavalry on Senlac Hill we can probably say with some certainty that KS3 students will not be returning to our schools this academic year. Year 10 and Year 12 might but in what … Continue reading Effective remote history teaching

History gets you where you want to go!

There is a lot of work going on in departments to make sure that students understand how studying History can help them with their future careers. Employability is once more a buzz word! Corporate HA members can use all the materials on the HA website in the Careers with History section Here you will find articles about careers in all sorts of fields and how the … Continue reading History gets you where you want to go!

Why this? Why now?

Richard Kennett gave the keynote at the first HA North West forum at the end of January. He has turned his talk into this blogpost so more of us can benefit from his thinking about curriculum.  This blogpost is unashamedly about curriculum. Put simply, curriculum is what stuff we choose to teach. It is not the HOW we teach it. That’s pedagogy. It is not … Continue reading Why this? Why now?

“The curriculum garden…

… In which I was inspired by Ruth Lingard’s post to take Michael Riley’s analogy way too far!” As someone with responsibility for the History curriculum at my school, I often worry about the quality of what we do. This is no false modesty, there are aspects of our curriculum that really aren’t that good. Michael Riley’s conceptualisation of curriculum as a garden continues to … Continue reading “The curriculum garden…

An honest view of the curriculum planning process

Ruth Lingard (@YorkClio), a member of Secondary Committee and Head of History at Millthorpe School in York, gives us a refreshingly honest view on curriculum development. It can be easy to get the impression on social media that everything those who post do is marvellous. Ruth takes the long view and thinks about why her department lost track of a coherent curriculum and, at the … Continue reading An honest view of the curriculum planning process

Process of constructing a vision statement

Thanks to Hugh Richards, Head of History at Huntington School for this blogpost. Despite this vision statements appearing across Twitter and in schools all over the country (as well as their being external CPD courses on writing them) there is little published about the thinking behind them. Here Hugh shares the process that he and his team went through to create a vision they are happy … Continue reading Process of constructing a vision statement