Year after year, the School History Project (SHP) Conference gathers together the most inspiring history educators across the nation.
The talent, creativity and dedication of the history education community never ceases to amaze; and what makes this conference so special, is the willingness of participants to engage with new ideas and to build on their own practise.
Since this was a big milestone, I thought I'd share and bring you the exclusive insights from the School History Project's 30th Annual Conference and how learning history can become more rigorous and enjoyable for all students of all abilities.
There’s always an eclectic range of plenary speakers, workshop leaders and fringe sessions at the SHP conference. These reflect the principles on which the Schools History Project is based.
This year’s conference, which takes place each summer at Leeds Trinity University, has a strong emphasis on four key things that are of current concern to history teachers:
A strong theme of SHP’s 30th conference was the need to make history personal.
The creative combination of outline and depth of knowledge lies at the heart of all effective planning in history.
Students will only make sense of the past if we provided opportunities to help them see the bigger picture, but they will only engage with history if we base our teaching on the experiences of individual people.
These experiences bring history to life. ‘Making history personal’ was reflected in many sessions across the conference.
Here are three examples that you may find helpful:
People often comment on the strong sense of community at the SHP Conference.
And it was great to see so many OCR centres at this year’s SHP’s 30th Annual Conference.
As usual, we had glowing feedback from participants. Here’s just a few of the comments gathered from evaluation forms left by the attendees:
Like diving into a revitalising ocean of disciplinary professional development
Amazing! The SHP Conference just keeps getting better and better. Thank you for reinvigorating my love of history ready for September
Recharged, buzzing and exalted thanks to SHP
Enlightening and reaffirming, giving a great sense of community amongst history teachers
Excellent CPD, the best I go to all year. Reinvigorates the (history teaching) soul
The last word on SHP’s 30th conference goes to Hideyo Sugao, a regular participant at the SHP Conference from the University of Tokyo.
Here’s what she wrote: ‘This is a lovely history community’. I hope you can join our ‘lovely community’ at the 31st SHP Conference, 5-7 July, 2019.
We’ll be adding resources and news based on workshops to the SHP website, so look out for these and sign up for the termly SHP e-news if you’re not already on our list.
Last but not least, a special thanks goes out to all those that were involved.
If you would like to experience this at first hand, please join us at 31st SHP Conference, taking place on 5-7 July 2019.
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.