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  • A Guide to the Key Stage 3 programme

      Key Stage 3 Guide
    This unit was produced for a previous national curriculum. However, much of the advice remains useful and it provides a context to topics that continue to be very important for history teachers. Subject leaders, ITE providers and others may find it useful to consider how currently relevant topics were thought about...
    A Guide to the Key Stage 3 programme
  • Emotional response or objective enquiry? Using shared stories and a sense of place

      Article
    In this article, Andrew Wrenn explores some issues that teachers might consider when supporting 14 and 15 year olds in their study of war memorials as historical interpretations. Tony McAleavy has argued that ‘popular' and ‘personal' interpretations and representations are just as worthy of study at Key Stage 3 as...
    Emotional response or objective enquiry? Using shared stories and a sense of place
  • Communicating about the past: Resource G

      Article
    James Woodcock, 'Does the linguistic release the conceptual? Helping Year 10 to improve their causal reasoning' in Teaching History 119: Language issue (June, 2005) In this subtle article, James Woodcock experiments with introducing new vocabulary to a mixed-ability year 10 class working towards the enquiry question '"Hitler was not to...
    Communicating about the past: Resource G
  • Concerns over future of teacher training 2014

      Article
    The Facts Increasing numbers of trainee teachers are entering the profession with little or no history-specific training. Opportunities for graduates to increase subject knowledge alongside subject-based teaching practice in university centred school partnerships have been cut. Our research shows that 90% of respondents agreed that all trainees should receive a...
    Concerns over future of teacher training 2014
  • Helping pupils with Special Educational Needs to develop a lifelong curiosity for the past

      Teaching History article
    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. 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...
    Helping pupils with Special Educational Needs to develop a lifelong curiosity for the past
  • Virtual Branch: From Pirates to Princes Normans in Eleventh Century Europe

      Article
    Normandy originated from a grant of land to Rollo, a Viking leader, in the early tenth century. By the end of that century Normans were to be found in southern Italy, then in Britain and, at the end of the eleventh century, in the near East on the First Crusade....
    Virtual Branch: From Pirates to Princes Normans in Eleventh Century Europe
  • Learning history outside the classroom in an age of climate crisis

      Teaching History article
    Helen Snelson has long been an enthusiastic advocate for learning history outside the classroom. In recent years, as the extent of the climate crisis has become ever more apparent, she has been rethinking her approach to teaching within and about the historic environment. In this article, written in consultation with Adrian Gonzalez, she focuses...
    Learning history outside the classroom in an age of climate crisis
  • The how of history: using old and new textbooks in the classroom to develop disciplinary knowledge

      Teaching History article
    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. What are textbooks for and how do we think of them? As inevitably partial views of the past that reflect their purpose and moment of construction and their authors' location in physical and ideological time...
    The how of history: using old and new textbooks in the classroom to develop disciplinary knowledge
  • What Have Historians Been Arguing About... the history of Australia

      Teaching History feature
    In 1968, in his Boyer Lectures, the anthropologist W.E.H. Stanner argued that Australia’s sense of its past, its collective memory, had been built on a state of forgetting: It is a structural matter, a view from a window which has been carefully placed to exclude a whole quadrant of the...
    What Have Historians Been Arguing About... the history of Australia
  • On-demand webinar: Causation and Consequence

      Secondary webinar recording release for 2023–24
    Webinar series: Making substantive and disciplinary knowledge work together in the secondary history curriculum Session 1: Causation and Consequence  This series of four webinars looks at ways of assessing disciplinary knowledge so that it is working alongside, and pushing forwards, substantive knowledge. This webinar will concentrate on the disciplinary concepts of...
    On-demand webinar: Causation and Consequence
  • Cunning Plan 191: diving deep into ‘history from below’ with Year 8

      Article
    Can the ‘subaltern’ speak, Year 8s? When the Indian scholar and literary theorist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak asked this question in 1988, she wasn’t asking Year 8s on a Monday morning. What she wanted to explore was whether those marginalised people written out of the archive – ‘the subaltern’ – could...
    Cunning Plan 191: diving deep into ‘history from below’ with Year 8
  • What Have Historians Been Arguing About... the consequences of the industrial revolution

      Teaching History feature
    The British industrial revolution stands out as a pivotal moment in human history. Its timing, causes and consequences have all been major topics of historical enquiry for well over one hundred years. Many of the great Victorian commentators – Engels, Dickens, Blake to name a few – who lived through...
    What Have Historians Been Arguing About... the consequences of the industrial revolution
  • Move Me On 190: taking questions about historical significance

      Teaching History feature
    Move Me On is designed to build critical, informed debate about the character of teacher training, teacher education and professional development. It is also designed to offer practical help to all involved in training new history teachers. Each issue presents a situation in initial teacher education/training with an emphasis upon...
    Move Me On 190: taking questions about historical significance
  • Historical anniversaries calendar

      Article
    Historical anniversaries can be a great way to get children and young people interested in a subject or to raise awareness about a particular issue. This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality history and education resources along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of...
    Historical anniversaries calendar
  • Recorded webinar: Queer beyond London

      Article
    London has tended to dominate accounts of LGBTQ Britain… but how did local contexts beyond the capital affect queer identities and communities? This talk by Professor Matt Cook looks at Brighton, Plymouth, Manchester and Leeds to illustrate the difference locality makes to queer lives. * Please note: while this webinar...
    Recorded webinar: Queer beyond London
  • Film: Death in the Diaspora

      British & Irish Gravestones
    As British and Irish migrants sought new lives in the Caribbean, Asia, North America and Australasia, they left a trail of physical remains where settlement occurred. Between the 17th and 20th centuries, gravestones and elaborate epitaphs documented identity and attachment to both their old and new worlds. In this Virtual...
    Film: Death in the Diaspora
  • Film: What's the wisdom on... Extended Writing

      Article
    'What’s the wisdom on…' is a popular feature in our secondary journal Teaching History and provides the perfect stimulus for a department meeting. 'What’s the wisdom on…' provides history teachers with an overview of the ‘story so far’ of many years of practice-based professional thinking about a particular aspect of history teaching. To...
    Film: What's the wisdom on... Extended Writing
  • It’s just reading, right? Exploring how Year 12 students approach sources

      Teaching History article
    Frustrated by the generic statements that her Year 12 students were making about sources, Jacqueline Vyrnwy-Pierce resolved to undertake a research project into how her students were approaching sources about the French Revolution. Fascinated by the research of American educational psychologist Sam Wineburg, Vyrnwy-Pierce decided to use Wineburg’s methods to find...
    It’s just reading, right? Exploring how Year 12 students approach sources
  • Cunning Plan 186: teaching Samurai Japan in Key Stage 3

      Teaching History feature
    Like many history departments we have been seeking to develop schemes of work that are more outward-looking, and, as the National Curriculum describes, ‘enable pupils to know and understand significant aspects of world history’.  To my mind, Samurai Japan offers students the opportunity to explore a time and place that is...
    Cunning Plan 186: teaching Samurai Japan in Key Stage 3
  • Move Me On 186: trainee provides little scope for students to use their knowledge in analysis/argument

      Teaching History feature
    Move Me On is designed to build critical, informed debate about the character of teacher training, teacher education and professional development. It is also designed to offer practical help to all involved in training new history teachers. Each issue presents a situation in initial teacher education/training with an emphasis upon...
    Move Me On 186: trainee provides little scope for students to use their knowledge in analysis/argument
  • Teaching about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and events happening there

      Article
    The events of the last few days appear to have come out of nowhere to many people, especially children. While tensions have existed in the region for some time Russia’s decision to attack Ukraine was without provocation. To have war return in such a way to the edges of Europe...
    Teaching about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and events happening there
  • What’s The Wisdom On... history assessment?

      Teaching History feature
    Between 1991 and 1995, secondary history teachers in England and Wales had something of a collective awakening about assessment. It followed a huge policy shift in history education: history’s first National Curriculum, rolled out in 1991. What's the Wisdom On... is a short guide providing new history teachers with an overview...
    What’s The Wisdom On... history assessment?
  • Lesson sequence: Eighteenth-century politics – taster lesson

      Article
    This series of lessons has been designed to enable students to learn about power and political change in Britain in the period 1688–1783. Through the unfolding narrative, students learn about key concepts, including monarchy, government and Parliament, identify causal factors and develop a sense of period. Finally, they assess how power...
    Lesson sequence: Eighteenth-century politics – taster lesson
  • Lesson sequence: Eighteenth-century politics

      Lesson sequence
    The first lesson of this sequence is available free to all secondary members here.  This series of lessons has been designed to enable students to learn about power and political change in Britain in the period 1688–1783. Through the unfolding narrative, students learn about key concepts, including monarchy, government and Parliament, identify causal...
    Lesson sequence: Eighteenth-century politics
  • Film: What's the wisdom on... Extended Reading

      Your Virtual History Department Meeting
    'What’s the wisdom on…' is a popular feature in our secondary journal Teaching History and provides the perfect stimulus for a department meeting. 'What’s the wisdom on…' provides history teachers with an overview of the ‘story so far’ of many years of practice-based professional thinking about a particular aspect of history teaching. To...
    Film: What's the wisdom on... Extended Reading