‘Is history kind to Churchill?’


A Level History teachers from across the country debated the question at an OCR Premier CPD event held at the Churchill War Rooms in London earlier in December.

The varied programme included a lecture by Professor Richard Toye of Exeter University, author of The Roar of the Lion: The Making of Churchill's World War II Speeches, as well as an activity in the Churchill War Rooms and Museum, demonstrating how the museum can be used as an active resource for learners.

Other sessions included a discussion of source materials and a group exercise, using archive material, of a critical War Cabinet discussion of 28 May 1940 - should Britain fight on, or attempt to negotiate a peace?

One teacher commented: "Great to attend a course that is subject focused and not just about mark schemes," and "super, inspirational location". Another highlighted "academic discussion - time to reflect" as one of the best aspects of the event.

The next OCR Premier CPD event for history teachers is on Norman history and will take place at the Tower of London in March 2013. For details of all OCR's training events, visit www.ocreventbooker.org.uk.