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Spring e-News 2016

Message from Michael

We are delighted that SHP’s new GCSE specification is now accredited. OCR B (SHP) has been planned with SHP principles at its heart and we believe that it offers an innovative and exciting GCSE course. We hope that you and your students enjoy the SHP GCSE in the years ahead.

High quality resources will be essential for successful introduction of the new GCSE and SHP is working with our publishing partner Hodder Education to ensure that the new specification is fully resourced before teaching. The thematic studies are now in production and the writing and editing of the British depth studies will be completed over the next couple of months. See below for the publication dates.

This year’s SHP summer conference (8-10 July) will feature sessions on planning and teaching the OCR B specification. It will also provide support for teaching the range of new GCSEs, as well as Key Stage 3 and A level. The summer conference is always the highlight of the SHP year. I hope you can join us.

You may have already visited SHP’s has a new website. We hope you like the new format. Sally Thorne, SHP’s new web manager, will be adding new resources each month so keep visiting.

Click here to read my short blog about the new website.

Michael Riley
Director, Schools History Project

SHP Regional Advisers

SHP now has newly-appointed advisers for nine regions across England. Our Regional Advisers provide direct contact with the Project for teachers within a particular region and contribute to SHP’s conferences, publishing and website. All our Regional Advisers are experienced teachers who have developed rigorous and creative approaches to teaching history. Many of them will be teaching the new SHP GCSE (OCR B) so do contact them if you need advice on this or an other aspects of history teaching.

Click here for details of the SHP Regional Advisers.      

SHP Secondary Summer Residential Conference, 10-12 July 2016

The 28th annual SHP Conference at Leeds Trinity University promises its usual mix of enjoyment and inspiration. This year, there’s a strong emphasis on helping you to prepare for the new GCSE, as well as lots of ideas for enhancing your Key Stage 3 and A level courses. There will be five plenary sessions, over thirty inspiring workshops, a wide-ranging fringe and a chance to check out the latest resources at our extensive resources exhibition.

Booking for the summer conference is now open. The final programme will be posted on the website in April.

Click here for the conference flier and and booking details

New Publications from SHP/Hodder Education

SHP’s new textbook series for the OCR B (SHP) GCSE is now in production. The following titles will be published to support teaching of our new specification:

  • The Peoples Health, by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley (April 2016)
  • Crime and Punishment, by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley (June 2016)
  • Migrants to Britain, by Martin Spafford and Dan Lyndon-Cohen (June 2016)
  • The Norman Conquest, by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley (September 2016)
  • The Elizabethans, by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley (July 2016)
  • Britain in Peace and War, by Chris Culpin (October 2016)
  • Viking Expansion, by Chris Culpin (Spring 2017)
  • The Mughal Empire, by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley (Spring 2017)
  • The Making of America, by Alex Ford (Spring 2017)
  • The First Crusade, by Rachel Foster and Kath Goudie (Spring 2017)
  • Aztecs and Spaniards, by Kate Jarvis and Richard Woff (Spring 2017)
  • Living Under Nazi Rule, by Richard Kennett (Spring 2017)

Click here for more details  

New Primary Resource on the SHP Website

Mike Maddison gave an inspiring presentation at our recent Inspiring History Conference the British Museum: Primary History: Mission Impossible? He considered the challenges of planning rigorous and challenging primary history and offered a range of ideas for inspiring teaching and learning in Primary History. His message was very much Mission Possible! You can find Mike’s presentation and his very helpful Prompts for evaluating the effectiveness of history in the Primary section of the new SHP website.


For the accredited OCR B (SHP) specification, the latest SAMs and information on support for the specification click here


SHP works with our partner, Hodder Education, to provide you with resources that represent the very best of current history teaching.

Click here for details.


Booking is now open for SHP’s 28th annual residential conference at Leeds Trinity University on 8-10 July 2016. With five plenary sessions, a choice from thirty workshops, fringe sessions and an extensive exhibition, the conference provides outstanding CPD and continues to be great value for money. For more details and to book a place click here


Historical Association Spring Forums
16 March, Northern History Forum, Leeds
13 April, South West History Forum
18 April, London History Forum
Click here for more details.Historical Association Annual Conference
This year, the conference will be held in Harrogate 8-9 May.
Click here for more details.German History, 1871-1939  
A free CPD event from Rayburn Tours and the University of Derby
University of Derby’s Kedleston Road site
Wednesday 16th March 2016 at 4.15pm – 6pm.Click here for more details.

Teaching History with 100 Objects
Another reminder about this excellent website with 100 objects from museums across the UK and a wealth of teaching ideas to engage pupils at Key Stages 1,2 and 3.

Click here for more details.