Inclusion

The literacy demands inherent in history, given the nature of much of its basic source material and the predominant methods by which historical knowledge is disseminated and assessed, undoubtedly make issues of access for all learners very challenging indeed. Yet the role of history in equipping young people to make sense of the world in which they live mean that this is a challenge that teachers cannot afford to duck. Read more

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  • Education White Paper and SEND Review 2022

    31st March 2022

    At the end of March the Department for Education published both an education white paper and a green paper and consultation stemming from the long awaited SEND review, first commissioned in 2019.   Among other things, the white paper outlined a further drive towards the formation of larger multi academy trusts...

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  • Cunning Plan 185… for building difference into GCSE curriculum design

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    Many history teachers have been busy making space in their curriculum plans for different sorts of histories. This process, as Priyamavda Gopal has argued (in response to claims that moves to decolonise the curriculum constitute an attempt to censor history by editing out those bits viewed as ‘stains’ on the nation’s...

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  • Film: Exploring representations and attitudes to disability across history

    Article

    This webinar was presented by Richard Rieser, who is a campaigner and champion for disability rights and the coordinator of UK Disability History Month. His presentation is part of our ongoing work to explore disability history and the arguments and representations of it and ensure that people from disability groups...

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  • Film: History for All - Approaches from the Special Sector

    Article

    Whilst many teachers in mainstream schools now have useful links with primary coordinators and have a working knowledge of how the curriculum is approached and implemented in Key Stages 1&2, few colleagues have contact with special schools and the expertise which our colleagues in special education can share with us...

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  • HA Update: History for all – a wider view

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    In this update, I plan to share ideas and practice from colleagues who lead and teach history in special schools in the northeast of England. Ten years have passed since the publication of History for All and this therefore seems a good moment for reflection. By 2011, in many of England’s schools,...

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  • Teaching Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history

    Article

    Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people are the largest minority ethnic group in some communities (and therefore in some schools) in the UK. Yet the past of Gypsy, Roma, Traveller people may rarely be part of history lessons. The result is that pupils of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller heritage may not...

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  • Film: Supporting less able students in your GCSE classroom

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    In this webinar recording aimed primarily at beginning teachers, Sally Burnham looks at practical strategies to help motivate and support our lower attainers in the history classroom, particularly at GCSE. She explores ways to help students develop secure knowledge, recall that knowledge and use the knowledge effectively so that all students can access...

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  • Using extra-curricular opportunities to broaden students’ encounters with history

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    In this article, Jess Angell shows how her department seeks to make extra-curricular activities accessible to all. There is a strong focus on involving professional historians, since so many students seem not to understand who historians are, or what they do. But the audience is wider than just history students:...

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  • Family stories and global (hi)stories

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    Teaching in Greece, a country with extensive recent experience of immigration, Maria Vlachaki and Georgia Kouseri were interested to examine how they might use family history as a means of exploring the historical dimensions of this potentially sensitive topic. They hoped that encouraging pupils to explore their relatives’ stories would...

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  • Film: Inequalities in the teaching and practice of history in the UK

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to our library of high-quality secondary history materials along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of history teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today This film (above) recorded in March 2019 features a discussion between Jatinder...

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  • Hidden in plain sight: the history of people with disabilities

    Article

    Recognising the duty placed on all teachers by the 2010 Equality Act to nurture the development of a society in which equality and human rights are deeply rooted, Helen Snelson and Ruth Lingard were prompted to ask whether their history curricula really reflected the diverse pasts of all people in...

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  • Teaching History 173: Opening Doors

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    02 Editorial (Read article) 03 HA Secondary News 04 HA Update 08 Identity in history: why it matters and must be addressed! – Sophia Nzeribe Nascimento (Read article) 20 Triumphs Show: teaching Black Tudors as a window into Tudor England – Chris Lewis (Read article) 23 Cunning Plan... to use Black Tudors as a...

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  • Social Studies Teachers’ Resistance to Teaching Francophone Perspectives in Alberta

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    International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research [IJHLTR], Volume 15, Number 1 – Autumn/Winter 2017ISSN: 14472-9474 Abstract It is increasingly common for social studies programs to call for the teaching of multiple perspectives on past and current issues. Within the Canadian context, the province of Alberta’s social studies program mandates...

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  • New, Novice or Nervous? 165: Enabling progress - students who need more support

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    Students often find history ‘hard’; senior managers and pastoral managers perceive it as challenging and many, with the best of intentions, steer students away from taking it for GCSE. Indeed, in the most recent HA survey, 49% of respondents reported that some students are actively discouraged or prevented from continuing...

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  • Cunning Plan 165: Helping lower-attaining students

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    My GCSE students were about to embark on their controlled assessment, which asked them to weigh up conflicting views on the British military’s contribution to the D-Day landings. Students were asked to engage  with a range of historians’ views and textbooks as well as some contemporary source material to assess...

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  • Promoting rigorous historical scholarship

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    The history department at Cottenham Village College has one more member than you might expect. Ruth Brown is a teaching assistant (TA) and one of the longest-standingmembers of the department, and this article is about how her work has an impact on specific pupils, whole classes and teachers. The key...

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  • Tracking the health of history in England’s secondary schools

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    In 2009 the Historical Association conducted the first of what has become an annual survey of history teachers in England. Its aim was to get beyond bare statistics relating to subject uptake and examination success to examine the reality of history teaching across all kinds of schools and to map...

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  • Triumphs Show 160: Prezi and propaganda

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    Laura Tilley recognised that her Year 9 students were finding it difficult to work out the intended message of visual propaganda. To help her students make better use of the substantive knowledge they already had, she devised an interactive activity using a presentation software, Prezi. This approach provided students with...

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  • Move Me On 149: how to provide appropriate support for particular students

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    This issue's problem: Helen Troy is uncertain how to provide appropriate support for certain students without restricting what they can achieve. Helen showed considerable determination in securing her teacher training place. Her own education had been within a highly selective school system and her first application was unsuccessful because of...

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  • Witchcraft - Using fiction with Year 8s

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    Which women were executed for witchcraft? And which pupils cared?  Paula Worth was concerned that her low-attaining set were only going through the motions when tackling causal explanation. Identifying, prioritising and weighing causes seemed an empty routine rather than a fascinating puzzle engaging intellect and imagination. She was also concerned...

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