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Autumn Calendar for YPS lectures

Here is the new Autumn programme for the Yorkshire Philosophical Society: YPS Lecture Programme Sept to Dec 2017 Lots of interesting topics for teachers and older students. Please publicise within schools!

History Nerds

We have decided to launch a group for really able Y11-6th formers across the city. The first meeting will be on Monday 25th September 2017 and James Walvin has kindly agreed to talk about his research into slavery. We’re meeting at Bootham School at 6pm and there is a new page on the site where we will post specific info. The aim is to hold a meeting once a term to challenge and support our most able young historians in schools across the city.

Rethinking the Normans!

It was great to see so many of York’s history teachers at the HA’s CPD event at the Tower of London. York was fairly over-represented on a very hot June day, and we all enjoyed subject knowledge updating, getting resources and new ideas for teaching the Normans and the chance to ‘nerd’ around the Tower without queuing.


Oxford Secondary School Liaison Committee

Yorkclio is now part of this. The Committee meets once a year in the Easter holidays. We will send a representative each year who can take knowledge of the York context to the meeting and report back to keep us all updated on matters relating to applications for History to the University of Oxford.

York ISSP Centenary Battlefields Presentation at the National Railway Museum

It was lovely to be back together as York history students and teachers to receive the National Award for our Legacy 110 project. The National Railway Museum hosted the evening. Students who developed both the Minster event and the ‘1916: It’s More than the Somme’ exhibition, were presented with books, certificates and badges. We all then took part in the NRM’s ‘Mud and Morphine’ experience to learn more about WW1 ambulance trains.


HA Secondary Committee update

The new blog called ‘onebighistorydepartment’ will be launching in September 2017 to provide a place where quick solutions to teaching problems are connected to the HA’s wider resources and helpful materials about teaching and learning. If you want to contribute, please get in touch. As always, the Committee is really keen to hear from you about how the HA can best support your teaching and your department. The 2017 HA survey will be in schools next term. Please take time to complete it, it really helps the HA to make evidence based argument on behalf of history teachers. There is some good CPD coming up. Have you signed up for Northern Forum on 30th March? Look out for the British Library Russian Revolution exhibition with accompanying course. HA, with the Royal Geographical Assoc., are organising an event on the theme of tackling GCSE questions. The Normans will be the subject of free CPD at the Tower of London in June – watch this space! Chartered Teacher status will be piloted from next term. We hope that York will be one of the pilot areas and will be looking for volunteers. Waterloo 200 are funding the teacher fellowship programme in 2018. It will be on the theme of the Age of Revolution – the later 18th and early 19th centuries. There will also be competitions for students, including a battlefield visit and new schemes of work.


GCSE choices

A reminder of what schools have chosen and collaboration possibilities:

AQA: Fulford, The Mount, Manor, Millthorpe, All Saints, York High

  • Power and the People: Fulford, The Mount, Manor, York High
  • Medicine: Millthorpe, All Saints
  • Germany: Millthorpe, All Saints
  • USA: Fulford, Manor, York High
  • Normans: Fulford, Millthorpe
  • Elizabeth: All Saints, The Mount, York High
  • Korea/Vietnam: Millthorpe, All Saints

OCR B: Huntington and Ryedale

  • sharing on all except for Norman/Elizabeth difference

Ed Excel: AHS, Jo Ro – overlap with Germany, Cold War and crime and punishment

Eduqas: Barlby

iGCSE: Bootham

Ryedale have Crime and Punishment resources they can pass on – possibly books?  Huntington teach Elizabeth at A level so have a lot of expertise and resources to tap into too.  Manor are just finishing teaching iGCSE and can pass on their resources / expertise.

HA Quality Mark

Working through the Historical Association Quality Mark criteria might be a great way to move forward as a department. Further information is here: Quality Mark.  The HA will also be launching Charter Teacher status next year. We will explore this in future meetings.