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    Each issue of the professional journal Teaching History includes a potted guide to an influential piece of research or scholarship in history or education.  Written as a dialogue between an insatiably curious child and her long-suffering mother, the ‘Mummy, mummy’ feature distils the essential arguments and insights from key works of...

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  • Mummy Mummy 165

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    Mummy, mummy, what can history teachers possibly have to learn from Craig Revel Horwood? Not now, dear. Mummy’s trying to think of the best way to explain to two of my most enthusiastic Year 11 students why the new Progress 8 measure means that they will have to stop studying...

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  • Mummy Mummy: The Silk Road

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    Mummy, Mummy, how can you make a silk road out of a sow’s ear? Not now, dear. Mummy’s very busy rewriting all of her documents, now that her students are on exam leave. It’s fair enough: after all, as the Deputy Head helpfully explained only this morning, we’re definitely due...

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  • Mummy Mummy - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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    Mummy, Mummy, why is there a pea in my endz? Not now, dear. Mummy’s got some vacancies in her department because the wonderful colleagues she’s been working with have been snapped up by other schools. She’s spending half of her time trying to persuade SMT that the good results the...

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  • Mummy Mummy: the Great Mosque of Cordoba

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    Mummy, Mummy, why is my history teacher going on and on about Cordor and the giant mosquito? Not now, dear. Mummy’s terribly busy. She’s trying to work out where on earth to find a new history teacher who already knows the history of history education and doesn’t keep re-inventing wheels....

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  • Mummy Mummy 160

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    Mummy, Mummy, what's untold about American history? Not now, dear. Mummy's just trying to explain to the Head why it's not her fault that the new A-level textbooks haven't been published yet, and that it would really be most unhelpful to lose the budget allocation that's been earmarked to pay...

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  • Mummy Mummy 159

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    Mummy, Mummy, why are we having thin honey wine at a quarter past twelve? Not now, dear. Mummy's trying to concentrate on the latest missive from the Extended Leadership Group, which currently appears to consist of three co-opted middle managers and the Deputy Head. It offers helpful advice on how...

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  • Mummy Mummy 158

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    Mummy, mummy, what has Peter got to do with religious studies, and why does he have a hearse? Not now dear, Mummy is trying to design ‘flight paths' for her Key Stage 3 pupils even though she knows quite well that pupils do not ‘get better' at history in a...

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  • Mummy Mummy 157

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    Mummy, Mummy, why should we see tea in ancient Egypt? Not now, dear. Mummy's trying to conduct a root-and-branch reform of her entire post-16 offering. She is contemplating the way in which thinking about change has become consideration of inevitability, wondering how much of what she thinks she knows is...

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  • Mummy Mummy 156

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    Mummy, Mummy, is it true that there's another history hiding underneath the chopping board? Do be quiet dear, Mummy's trying to work out if the new Ofsted framework is written in invisible ink. I was quite sure, when I read it, that it's now absolutely fine for history teachers to...

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  • Mummy Mummy 155

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    Mummy, Mummy, is it true that remote catapults may not have been very important in causing the First World War? Do be quiet dear, Mummy's trying to remember why she put so much effort into helping Tracey in Year 8 remember that she was Level 4c in English and Level...

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  • Mummy Mummy 154

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    Mummy, mummy, why should we go after a virtual macintosh? Not now dear, Mummy is just writing an email to her deputy headteacher pointing out how ridiculous it would be for the school to continue using the level descriptions from the old National Curriculum to assess work completed under the...

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  • Mummy Mummy 153

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    Mummy, Mummy, why should my education be more trivial? Do be quiet dear, Mummy is trying to work out whether Ofsted inspectors want her to talk for 2 minutes or 5 minutes, and whether group work has to happen every 20 minutes, or just every lesson, or even every week,...

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  • Mummy Mummy 152

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    Mummy, mummy, what does tactical agriculture have to do with fish being born? Not now dear, Mummy is trying to complete her department's plan for the next three years and she is getting terribly confused by when the changes happening at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-level are taking place,...

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  • Mummy Mummy 151

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    Mummy Mummy what's cultural lettuce? Not now dear, Mummy's busy working out how the two Year 7 groups arriving in 2014 and 2015 will cope in history without learning anything at all, ever, about the Battle of Hastings or the entire Middle Ages. They won't get taught it in primary...

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  • Mummy Mummy 150

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    Mummy, mummy, why is facial hair old and wise? Not now, dear. As you can see, Mummy is currently following her headteacher's instruction to prepare her school for the new National Curriculum. She has already packaged up all of her resources on periods before the eighteenth century ready for posting...

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  • Mummy Mummy 149

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    Mummy, Mummy, why doesn't Daddy like Alexander the Great? Not now dear, Mummy is terribly busy. Mummy is trying to work out how to explain to our new deputy head that it isn't sensible to try to calculate impact effect sizes in class after every twenty minutes of teaching...

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  • Mummy Mummy 148

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    Mummy, mummy, is it true that if I want to get better at thinking then all I have to do is keep talking? Not now dear, Mummy is trying to find a form of words for the headteacher to use at the next staff meeting to explain why it is...

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  • Mummy Mummy 147

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    Mummy, Mummy what kind of theory stays on the ground? Not now dear, Mummy's trying to work out what it will mean to ‘return' to teaching British history when the last four curriculum reviews -in 1991, 1995, 2000 and 2008 -all ‘returned' us to it. It really is most perplexing....

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  • Mummy Mummy 146

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    Mummy, mummy, why do sheep get bored? Not now dear, Mummy is terribly busy. Her senior managers are trying to pre-empt the government's curriculum review by insisting that everyone in the school is now going to study history until the age of 16. Mummy is trying to explain to them...

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