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SHP New History Teachers’ Conference

January 30th 2021

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The recorded sessions are available to those who attended by using this link and entering the password sent by email. If you have any questions, please email

We are delighted to launch a brand new conference from the Schools History Project. This one is aimed specifically at those of you who are new to the history teaching profession and we’re really looking forward to working with you.

Being a new teacher is tough. There are so many challenges: planning, teaching, marking… There are so many things to balance: subject knowledge and teaching techniques, pupil-engagement and exams and assessments… It can sometimes feel that you are expected to be a historian, a moral philosopher, a psychologist, a social worker and an administrator whilst also having to do break duty in the rain.

Sadly, there are few easy answers and even fewer quick-fix solutions. No matter how good your training, there is always more to learn. That is why we have put together its first New Teachers’ Conference, supported by Hodder Education. It includes a round-table discussion, two brilliant plenary talks, a case for the SHP GCSE and four practical yet inspiring workshops to help you meet some of the challenges that new teachers face.

Our line-up features brilliant history teachers and history teacher-educators who between them have decades of classroom experience. They all want to share their wisdom and knowledge with as many people as possible to help build and develop a community of history teachers who can help each other to inspire and support young people with this most vital of subjects.

I hope that you find these sessions both thought-provoking and practically useful. I hope it provides some support to allow you to help your students achieve the best they can. I hope that you will consider attending the annual SHP Summer Conference in July. However, more than that, I hope that you see this as a way into some of the profession’s current debates and discussions – conversations that need your voice and your contributions in order to help us all be the best history teachers we can for the sake of the young people who depend on us to begin to understand themselves in time.

Enjoy the conference!

Matt Stanford
Schools History Project