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OCR SHP Assessment Guide

Over the summer a large number of us realised that we needed an assessment guide to the new OCR SHP GCSE. After a ridiculous number of hours discussion we finally produced the guide below. This is fully endorsed by SHP and has been checked over by OCR. Please feel free to spread it widely, we…

Knowledge. Let’s not throw the next baby out with the bath water.

  Like many others from the history teaching community I recently attended the West London Free School conference. The main message which was evident in the tweets from the day and blogs write ups after was ‘all hail the return of knowledge’. As Christine Counsell said in her opening lecture with the move to a…

Interpretations – they don’t need to be daunting

Interpretations – they don’t need to be daunting As any of you who follow my Twitter feed will know I have been thinking a lot about interpretations in the last few months. This is down to two reasons: The new A-Level and GCSE is forcing me to teach interpretations more than I have ever done…

Teaching is not two distinct theories. This is a lie promoted by the echo chamber of social media.

My social media feed (I mostly use Twitter) makes it look like education is polarising. Over the last few years two distinct camps have emerged; two camps that most of the people I follow have firmly pinned their colours to. Group A (often called Traditionalists) – This group promote the fact that we should just…

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