Running Meetings

Meetings are an integral part of the life of every department and every school, but securing departmental meeting time, or time to discuss a departmental strategy to contribute to a whole school initiative is not always easy. New subject leaders, who are running meetings for the first time, may also need support to help make the most of the departmental time that they have, to ensure that the department has a voice, feels supported and feels able to develop. The subject leader may also find themselves in the position of having to justify actions, or results, or even history’s position within the school.  In this section you will find resources, articles and guides to support the history leader to make effective use of meeting time to support history in the school.

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  • Self-evaluating history departments

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    This workshop took place at the HA Annual Conference May 2016 in Harrogate. Taking the temperature – how close are you to boiling point? Heather Scott, Education & Leadership Consultant In this interactive seminar, we explored how we self-evaluate history departments – how healthy is yours? Are you using Ofsted...

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  • Triumphs Show 146: putting an enquiry together

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    Department meetings have a range of purposes, and all teachers will be aware of some of the more tedious tasks that have to be completed at such meetings. The most exciting meetings for us are those where we can sit down as a history department and design a new enquiry....

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  • Engaging with each other: how interactions between teachers inform professional practice

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    What kinds of interaction take place in a history department? What might be their value? Between 1999 and 2003, Simon Letman, then history teacher and Director of Studies at The Royal Hospital School in Ipswich, set out to discover how the rich variety of between-teacher- interactions, so much a feature...

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