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SHP e-News April 2015

I hope that you had a good Easter break.

Last term was particularly busy for SHP as we worked in partnership with OCR to complete our new draft GCSE specification for 2016, OCR B (SHP). We hope you agree that our new specification truly reflects the SHP principles for ensuring engaging, meaningful and rigorous school history. The draft specification and sample assessment materials have now been sent to Ofqual for accreditation and we await the outcome at the beginning of June. You can download the draft OCR B (SHP) specification, sample assessment materials and Introduction to Teaching Guide from the OCR website

Working with our publishing partner, Hodder Education, SHP has assembled a great team of authors who will be providing textbooks, Dynamic Learning resources  and revision guides for each of the studies in the new specification (see details below).

As well as focussing on the new GCSE, SHP has also been busy organising our three annual conferences.  In March, working in partnership with the Historical Association and the British Museum, we held our 2nd Primary History Conference. On 16 May we are holding our 4th SHP Secondary London Day Conference for secondary history teachers in partnership with the British Library. This is always a great day of CPD so do join us if you can. For further information  click here

And, of course, we are already looking forward to the 27th SHP Secondary Summer Weekend Residential Conference at Leeds Trinity University, 10-12 July. It’s always a privilege to assemble such an array of creative history teachers and educators who are happy share their thinking at the Leeds conference.  You can find this year’s programme and booking link on the SHP website here

July will be here before you know it!  Enjoy the summer term.

Michael Riley

Director, Schools History Project

SHP Secondary London Day Conference, Saturday 16 May 2015

Don’t miss out on SHP’s 4th London Day Conference for secondary history teachers. The day will include:

  • Two Keynote  presentations from Ian Dawson on The place of Magna Carta in Key Stage 3 and  Dale Banham on From better literacy to better history
  • Six inspiring workshops led some of the country’s most creative history educators and focussing on a range of strategies to enrich your students’ learning in history
  • An opportunity to view the British Library’s exhibition, Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy

For further information click here

SHP Secondary Summer Weekend Residential Conference, 10-12 July 2015

The 27th 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 GCSEs, as well as lots of ideas for enriching students’ learning at Key Stage 3 and preparing for the new A Level.

There will be five plenary sessions, over thirty inspiring workshops to choose from, some fascinating fringe sessions and a chance to check out the latest resources at our extensive resources exhibition. As one of last year’s participants wrote, the SHP Conference is “not just brilliant CPD, but brilliant fun”. For further information click here

Why are there so few history students and teachers of African and Caribbean heritage?

The Schools History Project is one of the sponsors for History Matters, a free one day conference which will focus on this important question. The conference will include panel-led discussions and a short film screening. It will take place on 25 April, 9.30-4.30 at the Wolfson Room, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Senate House. The conference  includes free refreshments and is open to all, but booking is essential here  or email

New resources for primary history

Inspiring children to be curious and enthusiastic historians was the title of Penelope Harnett’s plenary session at our Primary Conference in March. Penelope emphasized the importance of finding a personal connection to the past in order to make history meaningful to children. Her PowerPoint containing interesting examples and useful links is now on the SHP website here

In the afternoon plenary at the SHP Primary Conference, Richard Woff shared some brilliant ideas for engaging children with objects based on the new website from the British Museum and the Department for Education: Teaching History with 100 Objects The website features 100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to improve children interest in history.

New Publications from SHP/Hodder Education

In March, we were proud to publish Italian Unification, 1815-1871, by Ed Podesta and Pam Canning. This is a great addition SHP’s Enquiring History series and an excellent resource for this topic in the new A levels. We look forward to the publication of Dale Scarboro’s The Vietnam war in Context which will be published in June. The books in the SHP Enquiring History series will make excellent resources for the new A levels. For more details on the series go to click here

April sees the publication of Making Sense of History Book 3 Britain 1745-1900, the third book in SHP’s Making Sense of History, series for the new Key Stage 3 history curriculum. Book 4 will publish in September. For more details on the series go to click here

The Schools History Project is working with our publishing partner, Hodder Education, to produce a full set resources for the OCR B (SHP) specification:

Publishing in spring/summer 2016:

Thematic Studies

The People’s Health, 1250 to present by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley

Crime and Punishment, 1250 to present by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley

Migrants to Britain, 1250 to present by Matin Spafford and Dan Lyndon-Cohen

British Depth Studies

The Norman Conquest, 1065-1087 by Michael Fordham

The Elizabethans, 1580-1603 by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley

Britain in Peace and War, 1900-1918 by Chris Culpin

Publishing in spring/summer 2017

Period Studies

Viking Expansion, c.750-c.1050 by Chris Culpin

The Mughal Empire, 1526-1707 by Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley

The Making of America, 1789-1900 by Alex Ford

World Depth Studies

The First Crusade, c.1070-1100 by Rachel Foster and Kath Goudie

Aztecs and Spaniards, 1519-1535 by Richard Woff and Kate Jarvis

Living under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945 by Richard Kennet


The SHP OCR Partnership

SHP works with our partner OCR to provide the new OCR B (SHP) for 2016. Click here

SHP Publishing

SHP works with our partner, Hodder Education, to provide you with resources that represent the very best of current history teaching across Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level. click here

Don’t miss SHP’s Secondary London Day Conference

Booking is still open for SHP’s 4th Secondary London Day Conference at the British Library on 16 May, 2015. With two plenary sessions, a choice from six workshops and an opportunity to visit the British Library’s Magna Carta exhibition, the conference is great value for money.  For more details and to book a place click here

Booking open for SHP’s Secondary Summer Weekend Residential Conference

Booking is now open for SHP’s 27th annual residential conference at Leeds Trinity University on 10-12 July 2015. 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

SHP Recommends…

History Matters

A free conference to consider why there are so few history students and teachers of African and Caribbean heritage, 25 April, 9.30-4.30, Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Book here

The Northern History Forum

Ringing the Changes will be another fantastic evening of CPD at Leeds Trinity University, Wednesday 29 April, 4pm-8pm. For more information click here

The Historical Association Annual Conference

There’s still time to book for the HA Conference in Bristol, 8-9 May  here