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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…

Sophisticated argument – the key skill at KS5

With the old A-level the students could get away with quite a simple argument in their essay and they could still get full marks. What my team and I have realised with the new A-level is that this is not the case (well at least we think this isn’t the case!). The A-level requires a…

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