Editorial – October 2023

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Practical Histories

We are pleased to provide the latest instalment. Some things are worth waiting for. It’s a cracking edition.

We would like to thank our contributors for taking the time to write such a variety of fascinating articles, all of which provide you with practical ideas to use in the classroom tomorrow.

This Edition

Dr Elena Stevens, History Lead in Barnham, spends time explaining to you how she has planned a completely diversified curriculum which fulfils the National Curriculum requirements AND explores provides many different lenses in which to view history through. Elena provides free downloadable resources for you to use in your own classrooms.

Jonty Leese, Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick, explores the challenges and opportunities of the brave new world that is AI. This is a must read for all!

Practical Histories favourite, Dr Ian Luff, provides a clear rationale why all teachers should use practical demonstration in the classroom. He explains why its important to expand your pedagogical repertoire. Not just because you should but because it helps improve learning for all. Ian has kindly provided many worked up examples that you can try out with your classes.

History Resource Cupboard KS3

Gary Craggs, SCITT lead and History PGCE in the North East tutor explains to trainee tutors what to expect when they start their journey as initial history teacher. Gary provides clear guidance and top tips.

Sarah Jackson-Buckley, Subject Community Lead for Anglian Learning gives really insightful advice on how to embed substantive concepts across your curriculum. Judging by the Research Review for History and the latest history report, this is a topic that Ofsted seem very keen on. Sarah takes the concept of identity and explains how her team threaded this through their curriculum to allow pupils to bump into it in different contexts.

The National Portrait Gallery’s Eleanor Hilton spends time explaining how their new online resource was created and how it works. This is an excellent new tool for teachers and for pupils. You really should take a look.

Finally, Sean Ingram, History Lead in East Sussex explains how he encourages his pupils to read historical fiction and gives you practical ideas to do this in your own classrooms.

We hope you enjoy the articles as much as we have!

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