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Battle of Hastings – a scripted drama for GCSE

I don’t normally do role play. The thought scares me. I’m concerned it will end up with boys mock fighting with rulers and that the kids won’t learn as much. But I like to test myself and experiment with my pedagogy and this is one of these experiments. In the summer at the SHP conference…

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…

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