Monthly Archives: July 2013

No Pen Day: Sock puppets, Roman villa tours and Simon Schama mimicking

Last year in June I organised a No Pen Day at school to encourage teaching staff to make use of some of the technology we had access to, much of which had been languishing, unloved, or booked out to the … Continue reading

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My year in CPD

The last time I filled in an application form I found myself rifling desperately through several years’ worth of wall planners in order to accurately complete the CPD column. Thus, it made sense to blog about it instead, so as … Continue reading

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SHP: SOLO Taxonomy Workshop

Lesley Ann McDermott (@LA_Mcdermott) and I ran a workshop this year on SOLO taxonomy. I’m sharing here our PowerPoint and the related resources which we shared at the session. I sometimes worry that things won’t make a great deal of … Continue reading

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SHP: fifth workshop

Steve Mastin, how do I avoid teaching to the test? Steve says that when he started teaching he went to a meeting about GCSE specs and it seemed to be one moan after another about how boring it was, and … Continue reading

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SHP: last plenary

Peter Mandler on History, National Life and the Curriculum Peter is a university lecturer at Cambridge. He admits he knows very little about history in schools, because he says there are too many people whose voices join the debate when … Continue reading

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SHP: Teachmeet

@johnmayo first, sharing a couple of helpful websites about teaching Irish history – Century Ireland from RTE and the Down Survey of Ireland on the Trinity College website, which shows land distribution in Ireland to help show colonisation, etc @davestacey … Continue reading

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SHP: third plenary

Michael Maddison, HMI, on outstanding leadership in history. Michael begins with some press headlines in the 6 months leading up to the publication of the new curriculum, and then invites us to identify the papers that have reported various headlines … Continue reading

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SHP: third workshop

Christopher Edwards on planning for higher order historical thinking at ks3. We start by discussing what makes a good or outstanding history lesson as a group and then feeding back to everyone. Chris suggests that Ofsted has a view on … Continue reading

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SHP: second workshop

Michael Riley and Jamie Byrom talking about creative and rigorous planning through a case study of the Mughal Empire. Feel like I’m back on my PGCE. We start with a picture of the Taj Mahal. Jamie wonders, do we ever … Continue reading

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SHP: second plenary

Panel discussion on Looking forward to the new NC and GCSE, with Katherine Burn, Steve Mastin, Michael Riley and Esther Arnott. Lesley Ann kicks off – should we be worried about school history? K: no! It’s taught by historians! There … Continue reading

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