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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  • No more ‘doing’ diversity

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    Catherine Priggs and her history department colleagues were increasingly concerned that their curriculum was too narrow. They feared that major areas of history were being left out and that many of their own pupils were not seeing themselves, in their various ethnic, cultural and world identities, in the past. Priggs...

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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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  • Thinking beyond boundaries

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    In October of last year, the Royal Historical Society (RHS) published an important report highlighting the racial and ethnic inequalities in the teaching and practice of history in the UK (RHS, 2018). Focused on history teaching at university, it nevertheless highlighted the need for thinking to occur at all levels...

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  • How should women’s history be included at Key Stage 3?

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    Susanna Boyd ‘discovered’ women’s history while studying for her own history degree, and laments women’s continued absence from the school history curriculum. She issues a call-to-arms to make the curriculum more inclusive both by re-evaluating the criteria for curricular selection and by challenging established disciplinary conventions. She also weighs up...

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  • Identity in history: why it matters and must be addressed!

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    Sophia Nzeribe Nascimento, a mixed-race teacher working in a diverse London school, set out to explore her students’ assumptions about who historians are. While her own ethnicity and gender may have convinced at least some of her students that history is not exclusively the preserve of old white men, she...

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

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    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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  • Cunning Plan 173: using Black Tudors as a window into Tudor England

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    On 29 September 2018 I was fortunate enough to get involved with a collaborative project with Dr Miranda Kaufmann, the Historical Association, Schools History Project, and a brilliant group of people from different backgrounds all committed to teaching about black Tudors. In this short piece, I will share how I...

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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? Low-attaining Year 8 use fiction to tackle three demons: extended reading, diversity and causationPaula Worth was concerned that her lowattaining set were only going through the motions when tackling causal explanation. Identifying, prioritising and weighing causes seemed an empty routine...

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  • Helping pupils with Special Educational Needs to develop a lifelong curiosity for the past

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    Pupils in England have an entitlement to study history or geography until the age of sixteen. However, increasingly, some pupils seem to be discouraged from taking up this opportunity as it can be seen as too challenging; the worth of a qualification is sometimes measured in terms of graded outcome,...

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  • Diversity

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    Understanding Diversity:The Ajegbo Report: Key Findings The notion of racial hierarchies has not altogether disappeared and stereotypes still abound in society. Some indigenous white pupils experience of identity issues in the curriculum is that they have negative perceptions of UK/English identities. Whether or not the local area reflects the national...

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  • Vive la France! A comparison of French and British history teaching, with practical suggestions from across La Manche

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    It is possible for teachers to learn a great deal within their own classrooms, departments and schools. However, stepping outside that daily experience, whether by reading a journal, contributing to a web debate or attending a conference, can always provide refreshing ideas. Evelyn Sweerts takes the concept of sharing good...

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  • Uncovering the hidden histories: black and Asian people in the two world wars

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    The stories we tell in history are often stories about ourselves. This can lead to tremendous distortion. Rupert Gaze was shocked when a young black student told him that there was no point in his studying the Second World War because it had nothing to do with him or his...

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