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SHP e-news February 2018

We’re all set for our 30th annual conference at Leeds Trinity University in July. Every year since 1988, the SHP Conference has gathered together the most inspiring history educators to share thinking and practice. At this year’s conference there will be a strong emphasis on ensuring that all your GCSE students enjoy studying history and achieve the grades they deserve. There will also be lots of ideas for developing your Key Stage 3 curriculum. Whatever your current priorities, you should find plenty of practical solutions at the SHP Conference!

As well as responding to current needs, what has sustained the conference over the last thirty years has been the firm principles on which the Schools History Project is based. You’ll find these reflected in the inspiring sessions at our 30th conference. We hope you can join us in July (see the link to the flier and booking below).

Michael Riley
Director, Schools History Project

SHP 30th Summer Conference

6-8 July 2018, Leeds Trinity University

Booking is now open for our 30th conference so don’t miss out. There will be lots of support for teaching all the new GCSE specs as well as Key Stage 3 and A level courses. The conference includes:

  • six plenary sessions from some inspiring speakers
  • thirty workshops from some of the country’s leading practitioners.
  • a fringe session including sessions from the awarding bodies
  • an extensive resources exhibition with special offers for teachers attending the conference

The SHP summer conference is great value for money and we offer a special rate for trainee teachers. For the conference flier and booking please click here.

If you have difficulty in persuading your school to fund your conference place, the document Five reasons why you should send one or more of your history teachers to the 30th SHP Conference might help. You can find the document at the conference link above.

SHP Day Conferences:
Teaching about Nazi Germany

28 April 2018, University of Sheffield
5 May 2018, King’s College, London

These day courses, organised jointly by the Schools History Project and the Universities of Sheffield and King’s College London, will enhance your teaching of Nazi Germany, whichever specification you teach. They will share recent research from leading historians as well as successful teaching approaches from outstanding educators, all for a bargain day conference price. For the programmes and booking link please click here.

News from SHP/Hodder Education

In the lead up to the summer GCSE exams, structured revision will be a priority. My Revision Notes for the SHP GCSE (OCR B), published in January, will be invaluable in preparing your students for the most popular option choices. It helps students to  consolidate their subject knowledge and gets them ready for the exams by providing guidance and practice answering different question types. As as subscriber to the SHP e-news you can claim a 20% discount on any future orders on My Revision Notes – simply quote the discount code WE0009198 when you place your order.

You can find details about all Hodder Education Resources for OCR B by clicking here.

News from OCR…

OCR’s Spring term regional network meetings are focusing on the new GCSEs (Specs A and B). The twilight meetings provide a great opportunity to discuss planning issues and get to grips with the new assessment styles. Meetings are facilitated by an OCR Subject Adviser and are supported, where possible, by an SHP Regional Adviser. For a details of a session near you and the booking link, please click here.

Over on Twitter, the OCR History team are sharing pictures of History Around Us sites – please share yours with them @OCR_History and us @1972SHP – we love to see where you’re going with your students.

New resources on the SHP website

We’ve recently added a primary resource and four new GCSE resources to the SHP website:

Commemorating the end of World War 1 in 2018
For primary teachers considering how to commemorate the end of World War 1, Penelope Harnett suggests issues to consider and ways in which historical fiction might support primary children’s understanding of events during the war.

Revising The People’s Health for the SHP (OCR B) GCSE
Revising Living Under Nazi Rule for the SHP (OCRB) GCSE
These extensive collections of revision materials have been produced by Richard Kennett to help GCSE students prepare for the exam questions on the The People’s Health and Living Under Nazi Rule They include:

  • Powerpoint presentations
  • Summary sheets to help students remember key points
  • Practice exam questions
  • A ‘Mega Quiz’ to test students’ knowledge

Responses to plague in early modern England: Newcastle, 1636
This resource, based on Keith Wrightson’s study of the 1636 plague in Newcastle, is intended to develop students’ understanding of responses to plague in early modern England. The resource was produced by Michael Riley for the SHP (OCR B) thematic study on The People’s Health, but could also be used with thematic studies of health and medicine in other GCSE specifications.

A scripted drama to help students explain why William won the Battle of Hastings
This resource, created by Richard Kennett, is a scripted drama focussing on the events of 1066. It’s intended to help his GCSE students explain why William Duke of Normandy won the Battle of Hastings. The resource was produced for the SHP (OCR B) depth study on the Norman Conquest, but could be used with any of the Norman Conquest depth studies in other GCSE specifications.

Congratulations to ‘Our Migration Story’!

SHP is delighted that The Runnymede Trust’s ‘Our Migration Story’ has won a 2018 Royal Historical Society prize for public history. The website is a brilliant resource for schools teaching the long history of migration to Britain at GCSE or Key Stage 3. We are looking forward to hearing from some of the historians who contributed to ‘Our Migration Story’ in one of the plenary sessions at the SHP Summer Conference in July

Aphra Behn, 1640-1649

Aphra Behn is not yet the household name she should be:  the first professional woman writer, traveller and spy, she survived and thrived in the ruthless world of Restoration London.   Soon all her work will be made more accessible by the Aphra Behn in the Digital Age project headed by Loughborough University. As a part of this, Clio’s Company are working to stage Behn’s final play, The Widow Ranter, as well as planning and creating resources for schools. The project partners would like to contact teachers interested in becoming involved – please email  for more information.

Looking for a Spanish Link?

SHP has been approached by Luis Horrillo Sanchez, a member of the Spanish History Teachers’ Association, as his school is seeking to establish a student exchange with a school in Britain. Cervantes bilingual secondary school is in the centre of Madrid and is famous for its architecture and for educating some of Spain’s leading figures in politics, sport, science and the arts. Cervantes School is particularly keen to link with a British school teaching the International Baccalaureate. To find out more please email or


SHP works with our partner, OCR, to provide the only SHP GCSE specification. 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.


Booking is open for the SHP day conference: Teaching about Nazi Germany
28th April 2018: University of Sheffield
5th May 2018: King’s College, London
Please click here for more details and to book a place.

Booking is open for SHP’s 30th summer residential conference
6th-8th July 2018
Please click here for more details and to book a place.


First World War Commemoration 
Big Ideas are running six First World War commemoration projects in 2018. Two of these (Trailblazers and Remember RAF100) have a strong focus on primary and secondary schools’ engagement. Two further projects (The Unremembered and Tull100) also offer lots of creative ways for schools to get involved. Finally, Big Ideas are also running the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Wreath Challenge, an exciting grassroots-international commemoration opportunity for schools. For more details go to

The New School History Curriculum and the Transition to Higher Education
A free-to-attend event in London on 27 March 2018 organised by the Royal Historical Society and supported by the Historical Association. The conference will take stock of changes in the school history curriculum and their implications for the teaching of history in higher education. For more details, and to register, please click here.

Exploring and Teaching Medieval History in Schools
This inspiring new publication from the Historical Association is packed with ideas for teaching about the Middle Ages in ways that are more sophisticated, respectful and representative. It includes numerous articles from leading medieval historians as well as ideas and resources for teaching about the Middle Ages at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A level. Please click here.

Discovering Roman and Saxon London
Inspiring project for KS2 groups: discovering Roman and Saxon London in the City.  Clio’s Company and All Hallows by the Tower stage programmes offering interactive drama, music and rune-writing workshops and the chance to discover in situ evidence from Roman and Saxon times.  Some places available in March, a small number free for local schools.  Please ring 020 7481 2928.