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vSHP 2021

Full programme now available – please click here.

We are very proud to announce the line-up of vSHP 2021, our second virtual summer conference supported by OCR and Hodder Education.

This year’s conference will include 15 workshops and two plenary sessions. Our brand new ‘Showcase’ section will feature contributions from all the exam boards as well as introduce you 10 resources and projects that will transform your teaching.

Tickets are on sale now at the LTU Store at an ‘early bird’ discount rate of just £40. (£55 from June 1). If you are a trainee, retired or unemployed you can also get tickets at the concessionary rate of £35.

Delegates will also receive access to special conference discount from Hodder Education of 25% off their books and the opportunity to win other Hodder goodies as well.

An outline of the conference is below and a full programme will be published closer to the event itself.

Friday 9th July

After a welcome to the conference from Matt Stanford, the Director of the SHP, the Showcase will open allowing you to browse pre-recoded videos of between 15 mins and an hour that will introduce you to projects and resources that you can use in your classroom. Some of these sessions also include appeals for teachers to get join in creating resources around these exciting projects in a supportive and collaborative way.

These include:

  • CARGO Classroom: Innovative new resources for Key Stage 3 history – Lawrence Hoo, Tracy O’Brien and David Rawlings
  • Bringing the History Teacher Book Club to the Classroom – Simon Beale and Andrew Sweet
  • From Little Bighorn to Salford Quays and Back – Indigenous North Americans in the UK – Kerry Apps and David Stirrup
  • How can we find out what Whitechapel was like in 1888? Document centred teaching from The National Archives – Kathryn Collins and Hannah Carter, National Archives
  • ‘Presumably a British Subject’: Colonial Seafarers in the 1920s Iqbal Singh, National Archives
  • Embedding London’s LGBT+ history into your planning – Marina Spiteri and Laura Turnage, Museum of London
  • Immigration/Emigration and video resources – Colin Thomas, film director
  • Understanding the Holocaust through a research-informed textbook – Helen McCord and Andy Pearce, UCL
  • Shining the searchlight on the Home Front – Adam White
  • TURNING POINT: An exploration of the psychological impact of WWI on Black Caribbean people’s journey from slavery to citizenship and an appeal for collaboration – Sweet Patootee Arts
  • A (Virtually) Hands-On History of Medicine: 3D Objects from the Science Museum Medicine Galleries – Emilia McKenzie

The Showcase videos will be available throughout the conference and sometime after.

Saturday 10th July

Saturday will involve a choice of four workshops in three sessions throughout the day. Using the Streamyard platform, these incredibly easy to access teacher-led workshops will provide that which people have come to expect from SHP conferences – inspiring CPD that mixes the practical and theoretical, the historical and pedagogical, giving you lots to think about as well as ‘take aways’ that can be used in your classrooms straight away. Workshops will include:

  • Bristol responds to the fall of Colston – taking a new approach to transatlantic slavery in a very different sort of textbook – The Bristol History Teaching Collective, featuring Rich Kennett and Sally Thorne
  • From Tudor Trumpeters to Trouillot’s Silences: A journey from Diversity to Decolonisation – Dan Lyndon-Cohen
  • Meaningful and captivating strategies to motivate the unmotivated – Aaron Wilkes and Lindsay Bruce
  • Creating authentic narratives: Re-considering how we might introduce Black History at KS3 – Teni Oladehin
  • LGBTQ+ History in your curriculum – Claire Holliss
  • The Writing Revolution in the History Classroom – Kristian Shanks
  • A Woman’s Place is in the Curriculum. Or, how we can ensure that everyone has a place in History – Susanna Boyd and Kaye Jones
  • Tired of textbooks, tables and too many gap fills? Bringing history to life in a mixed-ability classroom – Jennie Humphreys and Gemma Hollingsworth
  • How did we get here? Humans’ changing relationship with the natural world – Alison Kitson and Peter Langdon
  • Virtual Journeys Through Working-Class and Migrant Histories – Martin Spafford
  • Legacies of Slavery: Using local histories to teach complex stories of British slave ownership – Tom Allen, Pam Canning and Dan Townsend
  • Seeing the bigger picture: how can we put the history (back) into dual coding? – Mike Hill and Hugh Richards
  • Teaching English Medieval Jewish History: Archaeology and Local Studies – Esther Robinson-Wild
  • The Silk Roads: historical scholarship, archaeology and evidence in KS3 – Barbara Trapani
  • World building, family and the power of stories – Hannah Cusworth and Funmilola Stewart

The workshops will, of course, be recorded and all available to conference delegates for three months after the event so you can be sure that you can see everything that takes your fancy.

The day will be rounded off with an interview with the brilliant Sathnam Sanghera about this best-selling book Empireland in which he calls for a better understanding of Britain’s imperial history and its impact on society to today – a must-see for all those thinking about how to make their Key Stage 3 curricular fit for today’s world.

Sunday 11th July

Sunday will see another workshop session followed by a plenary from Oxford University’s Jason Todd entitled: “Silences, traces and voices: conversations and journeys through race”. In this thoughtful and thought-provoking sessions, Jason will talk to a number of different people with a range of different experiences and expertise to ask us to think about how we as teachers can address some of the most important challenges of our times.

We don’t know what the COVID-situation will be like in July but we are hoping to encourage people to meet up in person on Sunday afternoon in a number of different open-air public locations across the country for a picnic or a chat or small celebration of having nearly completed another of the strangest years in education this country has ever seen. With any luck, this will be a small reminder of the fun and camaraderie of the ‘real life’ conference. Details will follow when they are confirmed. (Please note that this will not be an official part of the conference, people will attend at their own risk.)

To book your place, follow the link to the LTU Store here.