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  • Stephen Lawrence Day introduced in schools and at the London Marathon

    29th March 2019

    The Stephen Lawrence Trust was formed to provide a positive legacy to the senseless racially-motivated murder of Stephen Lawrence. This 22 April, the date of Stephen’s birthday, will be the inaugural national Stephen Lawrence Day. Every school in England has received a free information pack, including a personal letter from...

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  • Survey into History in English Secondary Schools 2018

    14th March 2019

    For the past ten years, the Historical Association (HA) has worked with the University of Oxford and Reading University to carry out in-depth research on the state of history teaching in schools. These reports have informed decision-makers at the highest level, notably government, Ofsted and examination boards. The reports also...

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  • Primary History 81: Out now

    13th March 2019

    It seems we can’t escape the word ‘curriculum’ these days. The start of the year has brought us Ofsted’s new draft inspection framework, currently out for consultation. There is a new focus on the substance of education: what gets taught and how it gets taught. At first glance, there is...

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  • Three Cheers for Women!

    1st March 2019

    It’s Women’s History Month – a whole month dedicated to 52% of the global population. Yes, despite being the majority there is still a need to have a month dedicated to highlighting and celebrating women’s history – and that alone tells you how important it is to explore and emphasise...

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  • Responding to the latest Ofsted Consultation

    22nd February 2019

    This month Ofsted have issued a consultation on their new inspection framework entitled Education inspection framework 2019: inspecting the substance of education.  Over the past few years, the Historical Association’s surveys into history in English secondary schools have been showing how some schools have reduced opportunity and entitlement to study...

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  • The Historian 140: Out now

    21st February 2019

    It sometimes seems to those of us living in Scotland, Ireland and Wales that our histories have no importance to anyone beyond our borders and when Americans, and others around the world, say ‘England’ when they actually mean the ‘United Kingdom’, it is hard not to bristle. Contributors to this...

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  • LGBT History Month 2019

    8th February 2019

    It is LGBT month and over the years the HA has done a lot to explore and raise awareness about LGBT history.  So for this year we thought it was about time that we pulled some of the information together so that you can find out more and, if you...

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  • Catch up on the latest updates with HA News

    7th February 2019

    The latest edition of HA News includes full details of the 2019 Annual Conference programme in one of England's oldest cities – Chester, as well as news from the world of history education, an obituary of former HA President Donald Read (1930-2018), the centenary of the Nuneaton Branch, updates on Young Quills and the Great Debate, HA tours,...

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  • 2019 Medlicott Medal for services to history

    31st January 2019

    We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Medlicott Medal will be awarded to Professor Dame Janet L. Nelson – better known to all as Jinty. Jinty is a distinguished scholar of early medieval Europe and an influential figure to many historians. Her research has explored ideas of kingship and...

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  • 100 not out: the Nuneaton branch centenary

    31st January 2019

    For the 2018–19 season, the Nuneaton Branch of the HA is celebrating its centenary. Founded in 1919, by 1921 there were 78 members. In 1924, members went on a ‘charabanc’ tour of Leicestershire churches, ending at Fenny Drayton, where they joined in the celebrations for the tercentenary of the birth...

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  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

    11th January 2019

    The scale and horror that is the reality of genocide often serves to shock and repulse us, with the result that we often turn away from some of the details and perhaps from the broader picture. Yet it is often the details and nuances that enable us to understand how...

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  • BBC Class Clips: ‘ClueTubers’ with Carmel Bones

    19th December 2018

    Education consultant Carmel Bones presents this BBC Class Clips video introducing ‘ClueTubers’ - a suite of films that will help students get to grips with the skills required to investigate historic sites. The video is aimed at GCSE and National 5 History teachers and gives an overview of the ‘ClueTubers’ films and...

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  • Teaching History 173: Out now

    18th December 2018

    Access Teaching History 173 here (free to HA Secondary Members) Opening Doors The theme for this edition of Teaching History draws part of its inspiration from calls for the school curriculum to give young people access to genuinely ‘powerful knowledge’: knowledge that will take them beyond the confines of their own...

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  • The Church in 10th and 11th Century England

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    In this podcast, Katy Cubitt, Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, discusses the ways the church developed and changed in 10th and 11th century England. This period involved the rise of the local parish and the emergence of religious leaders who would attempt to ‘restore and purify' the religious...

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  • Peterloo: HA interview with Mike Leigh and Jacqueline Riding

    27th November 2018

    The film Peterloo has been reviewed as one of the cinematic achievements of 2018, dramatising the people and events that led to the infamous ‘Peterloo’ massacre in August 1819. Respected film-maker Mike Leigh created the film using historical records and sources from the period, as he and historical adviser Jacqueline...

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  • Women’s Suffrage: the road to equality

    21st November 2018

    2018 has – rightly – seen a strong emphasis on the story of the suffragettes, of those courageous individuals who took to militant methods to get the vote for women. This is not their story; it is the often-overlooked story of the many thousands of women and men who fought...

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  • The Historian 139: Out now

    16th November 2018

    There has never been a more exciting time to study Anglo-Saxon history. Recent archaeological discoveries are transforming our understanding of the narrative of early English history and have added new layers of meaning to our existing knowledge. New methodologies such as the study of landscape and of gender have challenged...

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  • Schools Remember Them

    9th November 2018

    As we approach Remembrance Day and of course the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, schools across the country have been carrying out their own acts of remembrance in the form of special services, memorials, trips and drop down days among many other activities. Social media...

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  • Your HA Webinar Calendar 2020: Covid-19 update

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    Primary webinars | Secondary | Student | General interest We know that it's not easy for teachers to get out of school or have budgets to afford a plentiful supply of CPD under normal circumstances. At present we find ourselves in an unprecedented situation and we know that while teachers continue...

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  • We Will Remember Them

    1st November 2018

    This November marks 100 years from the Armistice of the First World War. The war had lasted over four years and had destroyed empires and rocked governments. Existing practices and ideals were challenged, families were torn apart, and Europe and the World would feel the effect and legacy of the...

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