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Planning priorities for the OCR B (SHP) British depth study

It’s early days, but we’ve already had lots of positive feedback from teachers and students about the new OCR B (SHP) GCSE. At the OCR First Teaching courses in the autumn, teachers reported that they and their students were enjoying three aspects of the course in particular: The wide range of history offered by the SHP GCSE. Teachers told us that their chosen five studies provide a varied and int...

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Why teachers like OCR B (SHP)

I’ve been heartened by the positive response of history teachers to the OCR B (SHP) specification. Judging by the feedback we’ve received so far, there seem to be five main features of the specification that teachers find particularly appealing: The clarity and manageability of the spec. Teachers like the clarity of a GCSE course which is organised around five equally-weighted studies. As they beg...

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Planning priorities for the new SHP GCSE (OCR B)

I’m full of admiration for history teachers planning the new SHP GCSE course. Your dedication, knowledge and creativity never cease 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...

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Welcome to our new website

Welcome to SHP’s new website. We are really pleased with the new structure and design, and hope you like it too. If you discover any glitches or gremlins, please let us know (via ‘Contact’ on the homepage). Many of the resources from the existing site have been transferred but we’ve had a tidy up. You can still find Ian Dawson’s wonderful resources on his Thinking History website. Sally Thorne, SH...

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Securing the future of SHP history …

... and smoothing the transition to new history GCSEs in 2016. Wiith significant changes to GCSE history on the horizon, SHP and OCR are delighted to announce a major new partnership. We’ll be working together to produce the best possible, and only official, SHP specification, which will be provided exclusively by OCR. The development is being led by SHP Fellows and their Director, Michael Riley, ...

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Time to transform 14-16 history

At the start of the school Easter holiday, the Department for Education finally published guidance on subject content for the new GCSEs. Ofqual also announced details of the assessment objectives for different GCSE subjects. These two documents will determine the nature of new GCSE courses from September 2016. As far as history is concerned, they will lead to the most radical shake-up of the 14-16...

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