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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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WLFS History conference: workshop 2

Paula Lobo speaking about sources, who have been thinking about the challenge that we have to bring people to life in words. We discuss this briefly. When students are making inferences from sources, it is really tricky to judge what … Continue reading

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WLFS History conference: workshop 1

Elizabeth Carr talking on planting perennials in the history garden: extending KS3 into GCSE. A year 7 starter activity to start! And one on toilets… Concerns about the new GCSE have encouraged Presdales history department to think about their KS3 … Continue reading

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GCSE reading

If I ever thought that history teacher Twitter was a bubble, history teacher Facebook reconfirms it every day. These groups are exceptionally helpful for sharing ideas, tips, resources and advice given by exam boards, but I must admit that I … Continue reading

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#youreallyshouldteach…Emma of Normandy

Last year, one of my favourite year 11s approached me at the end of the lesson and asked me if I’d ever heard of Emma of Normandy. Her gran has asked for a reading recommendation, she explained. I had not, … Continue reading

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