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Regional Advisers Recommend…thinking about diversity in the curriculum

A particular hallmark of the original Schools History Project was the emphasis it placed on diversity. SHP believes that the history curriculum is often too narrowly defined, and that it should continue to offer more opportunities for children and young people to study: a range of periods in history; civilisations and cultures beyond Europe; local and family history; social and cultural history. S...

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SHP e-news Winter 2017

In a recent speech, HM Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, gave some welcome rays of hope for the future of school education. She argued that ‘a deep and genuine fascination with subjects’ is what motivates teachers and spoke of the need for school leaders to engage in ‘deep curriculum thinking’. The Chief Inspector also recognised the need for subject teachers to share their professional knowledge:...

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Beyond the textbook: effective teaching for the new OCR B (SHP) GCSE

When we ask teachers what they and their students are enjoying about new OCR B (SHP) GCSE they nearly always mention three things: the varied and interesting historical content the clear structure of the course and of individual studies the human interest that lies at the heart of each study The twelve textbooks that SHP has produced with our publishing partner Hodder Education attempt to enhance ...

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Extra support for the thematic study overviews

Each textbook in SHP’s new GCSE series contain sufficient knowledge to allow your highest-attaining students to achieve level 9 in the exam. At the same time, the textbooks support weaker students by providing a clear enquiry structure, engaging narratives and strong visuals. Some students who struggle with reading and writing will obviously need additional support. There are a range of strategies...

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OCR B (SHP): A case case study of summative assessment

In this case-study Jenny McCullough shares her department’s approach to summative assessment at the end of Year 10, and provides a helpful analysis of what this revealed. The approach taken here is a case-study from one particular school and should not be seen as ‘official’ OCR or SHP practice.  However, this excellent case study provides some useful insights that should help you prepare your stud...

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OCR B (SHP) Assessment Guide

This Assessment Guide has been produced by SHP to help you prepare students for the first examination in summer 2018. It provides notes on each question format, suggested timings and guidance on the features of strong answers. Click here to download the assessment guide. The Assessment Guide should be used alongside the original SAMs, the two additional sets of Practice Papers (May 2017 and Decemb...

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‘Ordinary things?’: Teaching the Holocaust

This lesson, from the Centre for Holocaust Education at UCL, provides a powerful introduction to the Holocaust for Year 9 pupils and above. Click here to download the lesson plan and PowerPoint (hosted on Google Drive). You can find further resources for teaching the Holocaust by clicking here.

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