Beginning teaching in lockdown and beyond!

This blogpost is focused on beginning teachers. It starts with a focus on the specifics of training during lockdown. It then draws your attention to resources for beginning teachers that you might not be aware of and shares news of upcoming resources to look out for next term. Training to be a history teacher is different this year, but it is not a deficit model. … Continue reading Beginning teaching in lockdown and beyond!

Empowering ourselves to create an anti-racist curriculum: picking off the obstacles one book and one conversation at a time

Thank you to Kate Smee, Head of Humanities at Fairfield School in Bristol for this blogpost. Kate encourages us to keep on thinking and planning and doing what we need to do to teach better history, despite Covid-19. Her twitter handle is on the end of her blogpost.  I am going to start by saying this is not a blog with a definitive road map, … Continue reading Empowering ourselves to create an anti-racist curriculum: picking off the obstacles one book and one conversation at a time

Enriching history in a time of Covid

History teachers have pulled off incredible feats since the start of 2021 and are pulling together to get better at helping pupils to get better at history despite the ongoing pandemic disruption. #disthist has been useful for gathering ideas into one place in the twittersphere, the @histassoc remote learning hubs are available and @TMHistoryIcons held a really well-timed distance learning day that was so supportive. … Continue reading Enriching history in a time of Covid

The importance of reading

Thanks to Anne Hooper of Secondary Committee for delving back into those Teaching History archives again. Here she learns more about the very topical matter of reading in the history curriculum from the history teaching past.  In a recent ResearchEd talk Clare Sealy talked passionately about the importance of reading in the curriculum. In recent years we have seen a renaissance regarding the importance of … Continue reading The importance of reading

Teaching history well – a reflection

As we come to the end of a very long term and the end of a very long year, Anne Hudson and Gabrielle Reddington share an important conversation. It will hopefully summarise messages received in 2020 and provide food for more thought as we unwind in the break and start to look ahead to 2021. Anne and Gabrielle have taught pupils and trained teachers through … Continue reading Teaching history well – a reflection

Reflections on the HA Conference 2020

Thanks to Gemma Hargraves (@History_Girls) for writing here about here takeaways from the HA Conference. The conference sessions will be online until 4th January 2021, so there is still time to catch-up on other sessions once the rush of term is ended. Now is actually a great time to learn We’re all tired, busy adapting to blended learning, and facing various COVID related challenges… but … Continue reading Reflections on the HA Conference 2020

One Big History Department: history teachers assemble – finding my tribe as an early career teacher

Here Emma Bevan of Harrogate High School continues our blog series for teachers in the early years of their careers and shares her experience of working together to become better history teachers. I vividly remember the reminder bestowed to me and my PGCE cohort in one of our final sessions. It was an important reminder, and something that didn’t make sense to me at the … Continue reading One Big History Department: history teachers assemble – finding my tribe as an early career teacher

Getting excited about the HA online conference this month!

Sally Burnham of Carres School in Lincolnshire and the University of Nottingham PGCE team is getting excited about the forthcoming HA online conference. Here is share’s her planned conference journey. What is yours? #OBHD Term 1 is finished and I am just catching my breath from one of the more challenging terms of my teaching career. Having helped Year 7 settle in, supported Year 10 … Continue reading Getting excited about the HA online conference this month!

A bit of half-term holiday history fun!

Thanks to Henry Walton, Head of Humanities at Manor CE in York (@HenryWalton5) for collating these history cryptic crossword clues. Cryptic crosswords are a bit like marmite – some history teachers just don’t get the excitement, other history teachers love ’em. Why not have a go? The answers are at the bottom – no peaking! Happy half-term – with apologies to the minority who had … Continue reading A bit of half-term holiday history fun!

Why 2020 is the perfect year for the ‘Unknown Warrior’

Almost as soon as we get back after half term it will be Remembrance-tide. Secondary Committee member Gemma Hargraves suggests that a focus on the ‘Unknown Warrior’ would be perfect for 2020. This year I will focus my remembrance assembly on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. Not only because he was carried through the doors of Westminster Abbey 100 years ago this year. But … Continue reading Why 2020 is the perfect year for the ‘Unknown Warrior’