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SHP eNews April 2018

Welcome to the SHP April e-news. I hope you managed to re-charge your batteries over the Easter break. Secondary history teachers have worked their socks off over the last two years, planning and teaching their new GCSE courses. It’s been a massive achievement and you should feel proud! Whichever specification you teach, SHP wishes you and your students all the best in the lead up to the first exams.

There will be lots of support for teaching all the new GCSE specs at the 30th SHP Summer Conference, 6-8 July. The SHP Conference gathers together the most inspiring history educators to share thinking and practice. This year, there’s a strong emphasis on supporting weaker students at GCSE…and much more. Whatever your current priorities, you should find plenty of practical solutions at the SHP Conference. I hope you can join us.

Click here for more details and to book.

Michael Riley
Director, Schools History Project

SHP 30th Summer Conference

6-8 July 2018, Leeds Trinity University

This is a flavor of what teachers had to say about last year’s SHP Conference:

  • Attendance at SHP should be compulsory for all history teachers
  • Brilliant – I save up my CPD allowance for this all year
  • What makes SHP an exceptional conference is the opportunity it gives for dialogue and to build a professional community that is open and generous.
  • The best CPD ever!
  • Amazing! This is my third time at the conference and my best experience yet. Fantastic workshops, creative plenaries and masses of ideas to start trying as soon as I get back to school. Thank you for the continuing inspiration
  • Absolutely fantastic. I’d recommend it to everyone. Total value for money.
  • So much inspiration. Every time I come to the SHP Conference it brings back to me what I came into history teaching for
  • 16th time here. Just as good as ever.
  • The best weekend of the year, as always
  • Great value CPD!
  • My first time at the conference and I cannot speak highly enough about it. Left with some brilliant ideas and feeling totally inspired
  • Such a positive, friendly and supportive environment. Full of people who want to make a difference

SHP’s 30th Conference will provide brilliant ideas 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.
  • fringesession 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 or by clicking here.

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.

New resources on the SHP website

We’ve recently uploaded an excellent new revision resource for the SHP (OCR B) GCSE:

Revising The Making of America for the SHP GCSE is an extensive collection of revision materials produced by Stuart Farley and Richard Kennett. It was inspired by Alex Ford’s work. The materials include:
1. An overall revision checklist
…and for each section of the study:
2. A summary sheet
3. A revision sheet for students to complete
4. A PP for each revision lesson

You can find this, and revision material for other studies, by clicking here.

SHP/Hodder Education publications

We’ve had lots of positive feedback from teachers about My Revision Notes for the SHP(OCR B) GCSE. The resource helps students to consolidate their subject knowledge and gets them ready for the exams by providing guidance and practice answering different question types. Remember that 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.

Criminal Lives, 1780-1925 –
Schools Pop-up Exhibition and Education Pack

Crime and punishment is a widely taught thematic study in some of the new GCSE specificationsTo support this thematic studythe Digital Panopticon team has developed Criminal Lives, 1780-1925 an exhibition and education pack for schools. This is an eight panel pop-up banner exhibition that uses historical images and archival documents to explore eight convict lives from the Digital Panopticon Archive.

The schools pop-up exhibition will be available from May 2018, following the launch exhibition at the London Metropolitan Archives. The exhibition is free to hire, but there may be delivery costs. The Digital Panopticon envisages exhibition runs of between one and two weeks, but is willing to consider alternative timeframes. If you’d like to host the exhibition at your school, please contact Dr Larissa Allwork:

For more information about Digital Panopticon and GCSE history please click here.

Moving Stories

Congratulations to all the finalists in the Migration Museum/OCR competition Moving Stories. Teams of students were invited to submit plans for how an aspect of their new GCSE study of migration in the OCR A and OCR B specifications could look in a national migration museum.

The finalists will present their ideas at an evening event at the Migration Museum on 24 April and the winning team will be announced that evening. The prize is a visit to New York City, including Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum.

If you teach migration at Key Stage 3 or GCSE, the teacher’ briefing pack for the competition contains approaches that could be adapted for use in your own school (with a smaller prize, perhaps!)


SHP works with our partner, OCR, to provide the only SHP GCSE specification. Please click here for details of the specification.

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 of our publications.


Still time to book for the SHP day conferences: 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.

Don’t miss SHP’s 30th summer residential conference
6th-8th July 2018
Please click here for the full programme and to book a place.


Historical Association Conference, 12-13 May 2017, Manchester
For more details and to book go to

Aztecs and the Spanish Conquest
Teachers of the new GCSE study on Aztecs and the Spanish Conquest will find a wealth of material on the Mexicolore website.

England 700-1066: Traders, Raiders, Settlers and Conquerors
If you teach about, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans, you’ll find plenty of inspiration at this free HA/University of Exeter CPD Day on 16 June at the University of York. Please click for details.