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SHP e-news Spring 2015

Greetings from SHP – we hope that 2015 is a good year for you.

The year promises to be a special one in the history of the Project as we develop the new SHP GCSE in partnership with OCR. This is a great opportunity to produce a specification firmly based on SHP principles. You can read more about the new SHP specification in my blog here .

We appreciate that access to high quality resources will be essential for successful teaching of our new specification and are particularly keen to support schools in teaching new areas of content. SHP is working with our publishing partner Hodder Education on a new GCSE series to support the specification: Enquiring History at GCSE .Our publishing will ensure that the SHP specification is fully resourced before teaching. First to be published, in spring 2016, will be resources for the thematic studies and British depth studies. We’ll follow this, in spring 2017 with resources for the period studies and the wider-world depth studies.

And, of course, SHP remains committed to supporting History GCSEs from other Awarding Bodies. As always, the SHP summer weekend conference will provide inspiration for teaching the range of new GCSEs. We’ll also be supporting other specifications through our publishing programme.

I’ll let you have the precise content for the SHP specification, and details of assessment, when these are finalised. OCR’s e-bulletin will also keep you up to date. You can sign up at:

Enjoy this term – it’s a short one, and spring is just around the corner.

Michael Riley

Director, Schools History Project

SHP Primary London Day Conference, Saturday 21 March 2015

Following the success of last year’s primary history conference, SHP has worked in partnership with the Historical Association and the British Museum to make this an annual event.  Don’t miss this year’s SHP Primary London Day Conference at the British Museum on 21 March 2015. The day will include:

  • Keynote  presentations from Richard Woff on Teaching primary history with objects and Penelope Harnett on Inspiring children to be curious and enthusiastic historians.
  • Five inspiring workshops led by some of the country’s most creative history educators. Each workshop is designed to you to plan engaging and challenging history lessons.
  • Ideas for using the British Museum Collections to enrich the teaching of history in your school

For a full programme and booking click here.

SHP Secondary London Day Conference, Saturday 16 May 2015

This year, SHP’s Secondary London Day Conference has moved from November to May so that we can link with the British Library’s Magna Carta exhibition. The day will include:

  •  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 a full programme and booking click here.

SHP Secondary Summer Weekend 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 GCSE, as well as lots of ideas for taking forward the 2014 National Curriculum and preparing for the new A Level.

There will be five plenary sessions, over thirty inspiring workshops to chose from, an eclectic fringe 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 a full programme and booking click here.

New Publications from SHP/Hodder Education

This year and next, most of SHP’s publishing energy will be going into producing exciting resources for the new GCSEs with our partners Hodder Education. In the meantime, we are looking forward to the publication of some great new textbooks for Key Stage 3 and A level.

  • Publishing at the end of April is the third book in SHP’s new Key Stage 3 series Making Sense of History: Making Sense of History, 1745-1901, by John D. Clare, Alec Fisher and Richard Kennett.
  • In SHP’s Enquiring History for A Level series, The Vietnam War in Context, by Dale Scarboro will publish in June and Italian Unification by Ed Podesta and Pam Canning is on track for publication in March this year

For details of our publications click here.

Other information: 

SHP Publishing

SHP works with our partner, Hodder Education, to provide you with resources that represent the very best of current history teaching For details of our publications click here.

SHP Recommends…

Art, Conflict and Memory

A WW1 study day for teachers of History, Citizenship and Art, from the National Portrait Gallery and Imperial war Museums, Friday 6 March. For more details go to:

The Historical Association Annual Conference

This year, the conference will be held in Bristol from 8-9 May. Details on the HA website

American Air Museum Residency

Interested in taking part in the 2015 American Air Museum summer residency? For more information go to


The annual Euroclio Conference ‘Roads to Democracy. How can History Education pave the way?’ will take place in Elsinore (Denmark), 21-25 April 2015. For more details go to:

Waterloo 200

This year is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Dan Snow is leading a schools programme with spaces at the service of commemoration at St Pauls for schools that take part. For more details email

UK-German Connection

This bilateral government initiative offers grants to schools and youth groups to fund projects relating to the First World War. Further details and project examples are available at:

Exploring the Holocaust

This is a new Key Stage 3 resource from the Holocaust Education Trust. For free access go to: