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The Methodology of Revision

A former colleague told me on hearing I was pregnant with my first son, that being a parent doesn’t make you a better teacher but makes you a more understanding one. Sixteen years later I continue to echo his thoughts and as my children advance towards public examinations, nevermore have I been more appreciative of the challenges our young people face. Faced with the prospect of 26 examinations th...

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Protecting the curriculum jewel of interpretations

Christine Counsell, (University of Cambridge Faculty of Education) `Interpretations of history` first gained formal curricular presence in the History NC for England and Wales in 1991.  It has never gone away and it returns as a glorious, explicit plural in the 2014 NC.   What have history teachers achieved with it? How have they developed it?  Why is this tradition precious?  Why is it admired ab...

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From Better Literacy to Better History!

Dale Banham (Northgate High School, Ipswich) Russell Hall (Copleston High School, Ipswich) `A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special` (Nelson Mandela). Dale and Russell’s workshop at SHP’s 2014 July Conference focussed on a range of practical strategies that help pupils think,...

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Teaching about Historical Change and Continuity

Introduction This guidance is based on Christine Counsell’s workshop at the 2008 SHP Conference: Making meaning out of change, continuity and diversity. The workshop focussed on three main questions in relation to change and continuity: 1. What makes for a meaningful and motivating enquiry into change and continuity? 2. How can we balance abstract analysis of speed and pace of change with an explo...

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