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April e-News 2016

Message from Michael

I hope you had a good Easter break and that you managed to recharge your batteries. This term, many of you will be planning for the start of your new GCSE in September. The SHP Conference in Leeds will be packed with ideas to help with this. The weekend includes sessions to support all the new specs as well as workshops aimed specifically at SHP (OCR B). As usual, we have a fantastic line-up of presenters who will provide inspiration for Key Stage 3 and A level as well as GCSE. See the details below and make your booking.

Over the last few weeks it’s been a privilege to have met with teachers in different parts of the country who are planning for the new SHP GCSE.  There is no doubt that introducing a new GCSE is a lot of work, but the enthusiasm for the new SHP spec is really encouraging. In my latest blog for the SHP website, I’ve picked out five important planning principles for the new GCSE. I hope you find it useful.
Click here to read my blog    

Michael Riley
Director, Schools History Project

SHP Secondary Summer Residential Conference,
10-12 July 2016, Leeds Trinity University

Here’s what some teachers wrote on their evaluation forms from the 2015 SHP Conference:
It’s been fabulous. So many new ideas
The best CPD ever
A fabulous conference
The workshop sessions were simply awesome
To be surrounded by such reflective practitioners has been wonderful 
So inspiring to be part of something with such strong values
Hugely stimulating and rewarding
There aren’t enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe SHP15
The best CPD of the year, again! 
A stupendous treat of organisational brilliance and a lovely way to spend the weekend

Our 2016 Conference will be just as good so do try to join us. This year, there’s a strong emphasis on helping you to prepare for the new GCSEs – not just the SHP spec but all the new specs. There will also lots of ideas for enhancing your Key Stage 3 and A level courses. The conference includes:

  • five plenary sessions from some inspiring speakers
  • over thirty workshops from some of the country’s leading practitioners.
  • a wide-ranging fringe including sessions from each of the awarding bodies and the ever-popular SHP Teach Meet.
  • an extensive resources exhibition

The conference is great value for money. We hope you can join us.

Click here for the conference flier and and booking details

SHP Regional Advisers
SHP’s 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.      

New Publications from SHP/Hodder Education

We are pleased to announce that the first title in SHP’s new textbook series for the OCR B (SHP) GCSE The Peoples Health, by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley, will publish at the end of April. We hope that you and your students enjoy this textbook. Do let us have your feedback when you’ve had chance to read it and have used it with your students.

Further titles for the thematic studies and British depth studies will publish as follows Crime and Punishment,by,Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley (June 2016); Migrants to Britain, by Martin Spafford and Dan Lyndon-Cohen (June 2016); The Elizabethans, by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley (July 2016); The Norman Conquest, by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley (September 2016); Britain in Peace and War, by Chris Culpin (October 2016)

The following titles for the world period and depth studies will publish in Spring 2017
Viking Expansion, by Chris Culpin; The Mughal Empire, by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley; The Making of America, by Alex Ford; The First Crusade by Rachel Foster and Kath Goudie; Aztecs and Spaniards, by Kate Jarvis and Richard Woff, Living Under Nazi Rule, by Richard Kennett.

Click here for more details  


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


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.


History in the Primary Curriculum

A day of inspiring CPD for primary teachers in Kent, Thursday 9 June 2016 at Kent College Canterbury. The day is organised by Andy Harmsworth, SHP’s Regional Adviser for the South East, and is held in memory of Ian Coulson. For a programme and booking details,email Andy.

Historical Association Annual Conference

The HA’s annual conference takes place in Harrogate 8-9 May.
For the programme and booking details click here.

UCL Beacon Schools Programne in Holocaust Education

This outstanding teacher development programme is based on a partnership in which the world’s leading university for education helps schools to transform their pupils’ understanding of this complex and emotionally-challenging subject, improving teaching standards, raising pupil achievement, and strengthening SMSC provision. The programme includes expenses-paid study in London and Poland, exceptional teaching and learning materials and ongoing support from the world’s leading university for education.
For further information on the programme and application process, click here.

Women’s Roles in the First World War

For an infographic by Paula Kitching, History Tours Development Manager, Rayburn Tours, click here.