Job interviews are a two-way process

I have only just begun to catch up with the videos of Michaela School’s conference last week, talking about the mistakes they have made along the way. My first port of call was the opening talk given by its headmistress, Katharine Birbalsingh, in which she discussed recruitment and retention. Listening to Katharine talk, who was […]

Brexit musings

This blog was set up mainly for me to share my thoughts and resources about teaching history. I am going to make a little exception today because I have something to say about the Brexit situation we’re in and this is as good a platform as any to say it on. Besides, it is quite […]

Teaching is a privilege

Yesterday was my last day working as a teaching assistant at my secondary school, and I now can look forward to starting my new job as a trainee history teacher. I had only been there for less than a year, and so I didn’t expect any huge fanfare upon my leaving. I was therefore taken […]

Reflections on history teaching

As I near the end of my year working as a learning support assistant and approach the start of my Schools Direct teacher training, I am beginning to reflect in earnest on the kind of history teacher I would like to become. I have observed how history is taught at my school and read many […]

What I’m reading at the moment…

My shelf is groaning under the large pile of books I have recently bought to develop my subject knowledge prior to starting teacher training. I have a broad range of tomes awaiting my attention, encompassing pedagogy (Dylan William’s “Embedded formative assessment” and Daisy Christodoulou’s “Making good progress?” top of the pile here) to various history […]

The perils of using empathy in historical analysis

This week has seen me reflect on empathy and morality, and whether they should inform the way we teach history in schools. Ben Newmark’s thought provoking blog got me thinking about this issue, as well as Bernard Andrews’ subsequent article. Should we teach the facts and analyse historical events in a neutral way or should […]

Do strict behaviour policies harm children?

Today I visited a well known free school in London which practices a no-excuses behaviour policy. I had heard so much about it on Twitter and thought I would see for myself what the fuss was all about. I was curious to see what excellent school wide behaviour looks like. In my experience so far, […]

Knowledge Organisers

This page will contain all the history knowledge organisers which I will add as I go along. All the knowledge organisers are in PDF file format. Edexcel GCSE History: Medicine through time, c1250-present Medicine 1250 to 1500 Medicine 1500 to 1700 Medicine 1700 to 1900 Medicine 1900 to modern day The British Sector of the […]