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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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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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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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OCR GCSE History B: Plans for The People’s Health 

These two plans for the thematic study The People’s Health, c.1250 to present have been produced by Sally Burnham (SHP Regional Adviser for the East Midlands) and by SHP schools in Somerset. They are packed with rigorous and engaging learning activities which we hope you’ll find useful in your own planning. Sally Burnham’s plan for The People’s Health Somerset schools’...

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OCR GCSE History B: Resources for Making of America

SHP’s Regional Adviser for Yorkshire/Humberside and all-round expert on 19th century America, Alex Ford, suggests some resources to help you prepare to teach the new OCR History B Making of America course. This post and this post detail the resources and CPD materials that Alex has available on his website. This post has suggestions for pre-reading and pre-watching, to help you and your stud...

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Why teachers like OCR B (SHP)

I’ve been heartened by the positive response of history teachers to the OCR B (SHP) specification. Judging by the feedback we’ve received so far, there seem to be five main features of the specification that teachers find particularly appealing: The clarity and manageability of the spec. Teachers like the clarity of a GCSE course which is organised around five equally-weighted studies. As they beg...

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Planning priorities for the new SHP GCSE (OCR B)

I’m full of admiration for history teachers planning the new SHP GCSE course. Your dedication, knowledge and creativity never cease to amaze me. It’s been great to see such enthusiasm for the new specification and to hear about the plans of different schools. Some wonderful site studies are emerging for History Around Us and many history departments are taking the opportunity to study at least one...

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Raising Attainment at GCSE and A Level

Using recent research to inform planning Dale Banham (Northgate High School, Ipswich) Russell Hall (Kesgrave High School, Ipswich) This article builds on Banham and Hall’s 2012 research project that aimed to promote curiosity, intrinsic motivation and a greater degree of independence amongst their A Level students. During the last academic year they have built on this project; incorporating ...

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