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Teaching the thematic study thematically: a small research project (pt 2)

Welcome back for The Results. Just a reminder – the C group were taught Chronologically and the T group were taught Thematically. Speed of teaching There was no significant difference. The T group were slightly behind, but I attribute this … Continue reading

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Teaching the thematic study thematically: a small research project (pt 1)

This blog post is very overdue. I spoke at ResearchEd Rugby last June and started writing it then, but – busy. So busy. However, I have more data now that Y11 have sat their mocks and it has prompted me … Continue reading

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Mental Health Awareness

So, my lovely mum was sectioned last week. This is a blog about her and me. It is written for catharsis and comradeship. Mum has suffered periods of intense anxiety and depression for her whole life. The first time I … Continue reading

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Supporting students with revision

Thinking about when I have needed to revise for exams in the past, I am aware of various behaviours I exhibit that get in the way of any actual revision. I agonise over which parts I should be revising first. … Continue reading

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#youreallyshouldteach…Interpretations of Abolition

With the new A-level came a new coursework topic. I now offer my year 12s the option of writing their essay about the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which is particularly pertinent to the school’s context. Much reading ensued. Most of the … Continue reading

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WLFS takeaways

As usual, I have spent some time today reflecting on what I can change about my practice following the WLFS conference. I can plan some short thematics for KS3 Elizabeth Carr’s reminder of Michael Riley’s development study, Toilets through Time, … Continue reading

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WLFS History conference: workshop 3

Jim Carroll on interpretations at y13. His work is based on the NEA, which requires students to do independent research of at least 5 academic historians’ arguments, explaining why they reached different interps and their relative persuasiveness. Jim’s questions focus … Continue reading

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