Department of Education

The Grassroots History Conference: Saturday 18 January 2020

The first Grassroots History Conference, in association with History Resource Cupboard, has been designed for the busy grassroots history teacher.

Sussex logo: grapeSpeakers include Richard McFahn, Aaron Wilkes, Mike Maddison, Dale Banham and Ian Luff who are all passionate about promoting engaging, accessible and challenging history lessons. Join four different sessions designed to inspire you and provide you with the subject-specific CPD that you need. 

Keynote speaker, Mike Maddison - Ex National Ofsted Lead for History - will outline what the changes to the Ofsted framework mean for the history department.

Speakers

  • Richard McFahn, History Education Lecturer, University of Sussex & founder of 'History Resource Cupboard'
  • Aaron Wilkes, History Teacher, best-selling textbook author and editor, consultant and PGCE lead
  • Mike Maddison, Associate Vice President Historical Association; former National Lead for history at Ofsted 2008-2015; now a leading educational consultant
  • Dale Banham, History Teacher, Deputy Head and textbook author
  • Ian Luff, History teacher, Deputy Head, textbook author, Local Authority Advisory Teacher
  • Paige Richardson, History Teacher, Hazelwick School, Crawley
  • Marc Scruby, Head of History, Priory School, Lewes and Associate Teaching Fellow, University of Sussex
  • Neil Bates, Lead Practitioner for History, Harrow Way Community School + founding member of 'History Resource Cupboard'
  • Christina Brown, Curriculum Leader for History, Harrow Way Community School

Venue

University of Sussex

When

Saturday 18 January 2020, 9.30am-4pm

Cost

£45 including refreshments and lunch
£30 for trainee History teachers

NOTE: This fee is payable by your school so please ensure that you have sought approval for the cost from your school's finance department before registering. If you have any questions about fees or invoicing, please contact Richard McFahn.

Programme 

8.45-9.30am:     Registration and coffee

9.30-10.45am:   Keynote 1 - Richard McFahn, History Education Lecturer, University of Sussex & founder of 'History Resource Cupboard'
Taking In The View: Helping your students see the big picture of the past
There seems to be general agreement in history teaching literature that teaching big picture overviews  will help your students make much more sense of the past. Such overviews help to give your curriculum coherence – exactly what Ofsted are presently looking for. Yet if we are honest, how often do we really stand back and allow our classes to see the big picture? In this keynote presentation, Richard shares his research and provides a number of ideas and activities for adapting in your own classrooms.

11am-12.15pm:  Workshops *delegates choose from one of the following sessions

A1: Aaron WilkesHistory Teacher, best-selling textbook author and editor, consultant and PGCE lead
Low on Preparation, High on Challenge and Accessibility: Practical strategies for your history class
This workshop will showcase a number of practical, engaging and creative teaching techniques and ideas that have been proven to work. Needing little preparation time, these ready-to-use strategies will help create a dynamic, active, learning environment where all students are both enthused and challenged.

A2: Christina Brown (Curriculum Leader for History, Harrow Way Community School) & Neil Bates (Lead Practitioner for History, Harrow Way Community School + founding member of 'History Resource Cupboard')
Surviving and Thriving: Embracing the opportunities of the new OFSTED framework - “He who stops being better, stops being good” (Oliver Cromwell)
Sometimes it might feel as is education policy is being written by Oliver Cromwell following his speech to the first Protectorate Parliament, “Overturn, overturn, overturn!” However, rather than panic at this World turned Upside Down, we need to keep our heads and embrace the opportunities to re-invigorate our History curriculum and shape it into something that will last longer than the Interregnum. We need to keep our powder dry and create a curriculum that is right for our students in our specific context. Join us on a journey of curriculum planning, engaging enquiries, strategies for embedding knowledge and as many terrible Civil War puns as we can manage.

A3: Dale Banham (History Teacher, Deputy Head and textbook author) & Ian Luff (History teacher, Deputy Head, textbook author, Local Authority Advisory Teacher). Both Dale and Ian have delivered countless inspiring, thought-provoking sessions at the SHP conference over the last 20 years
Raising Attainment and Making Learning Fun
Based on his chapter in Debates in History Teaching (2017) edited by Ian Phillips, Dale will share his thoughts and techniques on how avoid quick fixes raise attainment over time – crucial INSET for any trainee, history teacher or head of department.  Ian will guide you on how to make learning active, how to use role play and practical demonstration in the classroom. The learning potential for students from such techniques are immense. Expect the session to be active, informative and fun.

12.15-1pm:  LUNCH

1-2.15pm:    Workshops *delegates choose from one of the following sessions

B1: Paige Richardson, History Teacher, Hazelwick School, Crawley
Paige has worked in London and Brighton specialising in making history accessible and exciting for all. She has regularly delivered workshops at the Historical Association’s annual conference.
History for All
This workshop will look at active learning techniques designed to engage all students. It will offer strategies for working with those who struggle with literacy, as well as those who may have decided that History isn't for them. Come prepared to participate enthusiastically; there will be games and maybe even singing... 

B2: Marc Scruby, Head of History, Priory School, Lewes and Associate Teaching Fellow, University of Sussex
Three Years In... – Raising attainment in the now not so new GCSEs 
In August 2019, students at a local authority comprehensive school achieved a great set of history GCSE results. 90+% grades 9-4, 82% grades 9-5, 44% grades 9-7, average progress residual of +1.28 Marc will share his department's practice, so you can decide what might work for you. He will provide some takeaway tips and activities that might just help you raise attainment in your context.

B3: Aaron WilkesHistory Teacher, best-selling textbook author and editor, consultant and PGCE lead
Low on Preparation, High on Challenge and Accessibility: Practical strategies for your history class  
This workshop will showcase a number of practical, engaging and creative teaching techniques and ideas that have been proven to work. Needing little preparation time, these ready-to-use strategies will help create a dynamic, active, learning environment where all students are both enthused and challenged.

2.30-3.45pm:   Keynote 2 - Michael Maddison, Associate Vice President Historical Association; former National Lead for history at Ofsted 2008-2015; now a leading educational consultant
There's So Much To Worry About! ... Or is there?
This academic year has seen important changes to how schools are inspected and there has been a much greater focus on the curriculum. Teachers do not like change, so you have obviously felt anxious. However, are the changes so fundamental that we need to worry? Or can we take the new world of inspection in our stride? In this keynote presentation, Mike will outline how the changes have so far impacted upon schools, especially through the curriculum ‘deep dives’, and will give some pointers which should help history subject leaders and their teams manage the future with confidence.