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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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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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Women In Nazi Germany

This activity was devised by Christina Pascoe for the SHP depth study on Germany 1918-1945. It is used as the starter activity for an enquiry on women in Nazi Germany. The lesson in which the activity featured was rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and was praised for the high level of student interest and engagement. In order to help students understand Nazi views on women, and the diversity of wo...

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Spin PowerPoints

Lesley Ann McDermott shared a novel revision strategy in the TeachMeet session at the 2012 SHP Conference. Lesley Ann uses Spin Powerpoints to make revision sessions more challenge, fun and engaging. Check out her Spin Powerpoint based on crime and punishment past questions in Resource 1. (Press ‘S’ to stop the spin!). In Resource 2 Lesley Ann suggests ideas for other things that you could include...

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