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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 GCSEs as well as A level, Key Stage 3 and primary history. Our autumn newsletter sets out what we have to offer this year and recommends events and resources from other organisations.
Have a good term.
Michael Riley
Director, Schools History Project

SHP Conferences 2016-17

Inspiring Primary History, Saturday 3 December 2016, British Museum
Booking is now open for SHP’s third Inspiring Primary History conference in partnership with the Historical Association and the British Museum.
The day will include keynote presentations from Kate Thomson and Jamie Byrom as well as five great workshops, a resources exhibition and free entry to the British Museum exhibition, South Africa: The Art of a Nation.
Please click here for the full programme and to book a place.

Inspiring Secondary History, Saturday 25 March 2017, Museum of London, Docklands
A day of great CPD for secondary history teachers. Booking will open in November.

SHP Summer Conference, 7-9 July 2017, Leeds Trinity University
A weekend of the best CPD for secondary history teachers covering Key Stage 3, all the new GCSEs and A level. Booking will open in January

New Publications from SHP/Hodder Education
SHP has already received much positive feedback about our resources for the new GCSE. Our priority this year is the completion of the series so that history teachers doing OCR Spec B have quality resources to support planning for all studies. Publication dates for the remaining titles are:
October 2016: The Norman Conquest, by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley
November 2016: Britain in Peace and War, by Chris Culpin
March-June 2017: The Making of America, by Alex Ford;Living Under Nazi Rule, by Richard Kennett; Viking Expansion, by Chris Culpin; The First Crusade by Rachel Foster and Kath Goudie; Aztecs and Spaniards, by Kate Jarvis and Richard Woff; The Mughal Empire, by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley
Please click here for further details about these resources.

New Resources on the SHP website
You can find Ian Luff’s brilliant plenary session from the 2016 summer conference, Patriotism and the Great War, in the Key Stage 3 section of the website.

Examples of termly plans for The People’s Health andCrime and Punishment have recently been uploaded to the GCSE section of the website. We’ll be adding more plans and learning activities throughout this academic year.

Support for the OCR B (SHP) GCSE from OCR

Successful Teaching of GCSE History B (SHP)

These training days. Led by Michael Riley, will provide a range of ideas for planning, teaching and assessing the new GCSE:
Manchester, 3 November
Birmingham, 4 November
Cambridge, 10 November
Bristol, 11 November
London, 25 November
Please click here to book a place.

Teacher Guides

Recent additions to the Teacher Guides for OCR B (SHP) include a new guide for the British depth study on The Norman Conquest and examples of planning for the site study (Clifton Suspension Bridge and Norwich Castle). Further guidance on planning site studies and teacher guides for The Mughal Empire, The First Crusade and Aztecs and Spaniards will be published in the spring. You can access all published materials by clicking here.

Support with assessment

OCR will be providing further guidance on assessment this term, and a full sets of specimen exam papers will follow in May 2017. To sign up for the specimen papers please click here.

OCR Teacher Networks

These free twilight regional meetings provide support for teaching the OCR GCSE specs A and B and for A Level history. For locations and dates of meetings please visit here.


For the accredited OCR B (SHP) specification, SAMs and information on support for the specification, please 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.


Midlands History Forum Conference, Meeting the challenges of the 5-19 history curriculum Saturday, 15 October 2016, School of Education, University of Birmingham – please click here

Historical Association London History Forum,Untold Stories, 11 November, The British Library

Historical Association Northern History Forum, 16 November, Leeds Trinity University

To book an HA forum go

Our Migration Story

A great new on-line resourcefrom the Runnymede Trust to support the teaching of migration to Britain.

Journeys to Justice in Tower Hamlets,

An afternoon for teachers and youth workers looking at ways to inspire young people to be involved in action fir change, 13 October, 2pm-5pm at the Brady Centre, Henbury St, London, E1 5HU. For more information and to register contact Martin or 0773 640 5085.

Teaching Sensitive Subjects

Bristol Culture and the Department of Education at UWE are looking for teachers to participate in an Arts Council England project, exploring subjects such as race, religion and death. For further information or to express interest in this CPD opportunity, please contact: Sarah Whitehouse, Senior Lecturer, Department of Education, UWE or Jane Hack, Senior Officer, Formal Learning, Bristol