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Myths and Monty Python: an enquiry into early-modern witchcraft

The attached materials from Kerry Apps, history teacher at the Charter Schools, Dulwich, are from an enquiry into the significance of the witch-hunts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries presented at the Schools History Project Summer Conference 2016. Rationale This enquiry was created to provide year eight with their first introduction to the historical concept of significance and provide t...

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Planning for History Around Us: A case study of Rochester Castle

Regional adviser for the southeast, Andy Harmsworth, models planning and organising the new site study with these documents relating to Rochester Castle. HISTORY AROUND US 1 Guidance HISTORY AROUND US 2 Activity Booklet HISTORY AROUND US 3 Sources and Interpretations These resources are hosted on Google Drive. When you click on the link, a preview of the file will open in a new window. Some of the...

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Seven tips for assessing the OCR GCSE History B World Depth Study

This month, Asher Goodenough, Subject Specialist History/Critical Thinking at OCR, is offering some tips for people on assessing the new OCR B World Depth Study. Understandably, many of the calls and emails we get at OCR ask us exactly how to apply the mark schemes on the new SHP GCSE. There are some important changes to the types of questions, and the way these mark schemes will be applied, compa...

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Resources for teaching ‘Aztecs and the Spanish Conquest, 1519-35’

The following resources have been produced by SHP Regional Adviser for the southeast, Andy Harmsworth, to support teachers offering the OCR B World Depth Study ‘Aztecs and the Spanish Conquest, 1519-35’ The Greatest Coincidence in History? This addresses one of the key issues in both the ‘Encounters’’ and ‘Conquest, 1519-21’ sections of the specification: why Moctezuma welcomed the inv...

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Planning priorities for the OCR B (SHP) British depth study

It’s early days, but we’ve already had lots of positive feedback from teachers and students about the new OCR B (SHP) GCSE. At the OCR First Teaching courses in the autumn, teachers reported that they and their students were enjoying three aspects of the course in particular: The wide range of history offered by the SHP GCSE. Teachers told us that their chosen five studies provide a varied and int...

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Regional Advisers Recommend…preparation for the new OCR B GCSE

Now we’re all into the maelstrom of teaching the new GCSE, your thoughts might be straying forwards to thinking about how you can prepare for future units whilst at the same time continuing to teach amazing lessons on your current unit. The Regional Advisers are here to help! Here are some accessible and interesting suggestions to help you enrich your knowledge of some aspects of the new OCR...

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Northern History Forum: Untold Stories

Following on from the success of the previous Northern History Forum events, we are delighted to send you details of our next evening. This will take place at Leeds Trinity University on Wednesday 16 November and the theme will be Untold Stories. We’ve all heard that common lament that history is about dead white ruling men; but what of the untold stories that make up the rich fabric of history? T...

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SHP e-news Autumn 2016

I hope you’ve had a good start to the new academic year. I know that many of you are looking forward to teaching new topics at GCSE, but it’s bound to be a demanding year as you plan and teach new courses. SHP will be busy providing support by completing the remaining resources for the OCR B (SHP) specification. In addition, through our conferences and website, we’ll be supporting the range of new...

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What does SLT need to know?

At the SHP summer conference in July 2016, Christine Counsell shared her thoughts on what SLT need to know about history teaching. This powerpoint and associated resources are aimed at enabling heads of history to tackle those difficult conversations with their (probably) non-history-specialist line managers, particularly in the current climate off assessing progress at KS3 using GCSE criteria. Wh...

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