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Happy new (school) year from SHP

Dear all, I hope that you are all well and coping with, what must be, the strangest term in all of our careers. While the priority has to be staying safe and getting through, there are still many exciting things happening at the Schools History Project which I would like to you aware of. SHP Planning Groups The Schools History Project has always been a curriculum project which has sought to have r...

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Beyond the textbook: effective teaching for the new OCR B (SHP) GCSE

When we ask teachers what they and their students are enjoying about new OCR B (SHP) GCSE they nearly always mention three things: the varied and interesting historical content the clear structure of the course and of individual studies the human interest that lies at the heart of each study The twelve textbooks that SHP has produced with our publishing partner Hodder Education attempt to enhance ...

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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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