What does studying history teach us?

I read an interesting article by Mark Bailey in the Times today, kindly shared on this tweet. In it I learned that history has superseded PPE as the most commonly held degree among the nation’s MPs – 15% of all parliamentarians and 10% of the Cabinet are trained historians. Not only this but several high […]

My round up of the week

A week is a long time on edu-twitter. In between going out and about entertaining an 8-year old and assembling the flat pack from hell (@oldandrewuk has nothing on me when it comes to flat pack furniture), I’ve been dipping in and out of my Twitter feed, which, despite it being August, has been as […]

Old history essays

The Summer holiday has provided an opportunity for a major clear-out and re-organisation of all my accumulated possessions. In the process, I have re-discovered a box file full of my old essays from school and university which have miraculously survived all my mother’s many culls of my stuff. I think it was important for me […]

Change and continuity in history teaching

Since accepting a history teacher training place through Schools Direct, I have delved into the substance and theory of my new profession, reading teacher blogs, professional journals and books (both history and theory books) . I must confess to finding the history books fun and interesting to read, the theory ones rather less so. Burrowing […]

How do you change a school’s culture?

One of the lovely things about reading lots of teacher blogs is that it stimulates my mind and gets me thinking about particular issues or ideas. Often, having pondered these thoughts, I am minded to put them into writing here, on my own blog. And thus, I am able to join in that conversation of […]