Over the last few weeks, I’ve been full of admiration for history teachers planning the new GCSE (9-1) History B (Schools History Project) course. The dedication, knowledge and creativity of history teachers never ceases to amaze me. It’s been great to see such enthusiasm for the new specification and to hear about the plans of different schools. Some wonderful site studies are emerging for History Around Us and many history departments are taking the opportunity to study at least one new topic at GCSE: Migrants to Britain, Britain in Peace and War, Viking Expansion, The Mughal Empire, The First Crusade, Aztecs and the Spanish Conquest.
The new specification should provide a breath of fresh air at GCSE, but I know that a new course creates more work. I hope you find the following five priorities helpful as you take forward your planning:
Michael Riley - Director at Schools History Project (SHP)
Michael has been Director at SHP since 2008. He is responsible for the strategic direction of SHP, ensuring that the project provides an independent source of ideas and experience for the teaching of history in schools. He also organises the annual conference and regional courses, maintains the website and represents SHP at external meetings. Michael is involved in the development of SHP-Hodder publications.