Rethinking the curriculum: how did Yasmin Khan help make teaching the Second World War more meaningful, motivating and empowering? 

     As part of our work looking at how teachers are rethinking their curriculum, the History Team is delighted to share the following from History teachers Zaiba Patel and David Hibbert. Concerned that their history curriculum relied on familiar and oft-repeated narratives of the Second World War, Patel and Hibbert sought a fresh take and […]

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Votes for Women Timeline

This month marks Women’s History Month, as part of our celebrations we want to share this interactive timeline which shows some of the key dates and events which contributed to women gaining the right to vote in Britain. Taken from our Oxford AQA GCSE History: Britain: Power and the People c1170-Present Day Student Book (Second […]

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Behind the scenes: Working on the new edition of the Oxford AQA History for A Level: British Empire c1857–1967 Student Book

I had a brilliant Humanities teacher at the comprehensive I attended in the 1990s. Teaching in a poorly heated prefabricated hut and clad in a chalk dust-coated corduroy jacket, Mr Wilkins opened vistas far beyond the boundaries of our small provincial town. Gesturing towards his Peter’s Projection map of the world, he forced us to […]

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Diversifying history at KS3: The Kingdom of Benin

One of the unexpected benefits of the first lockdown in March 2020 was that many academic or professional development lectures and seminars that would once have been held in person, were instead delivered online – making them much more accessible for teachers across the country. In early 2020 I had been aware of the need to inject greater diversity into our KS3 curriculum, and […]

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Interested in writing or reviewing school history textbooks? View from OUP History Team

At the recent Black British History event hosted by Miranda Kaufmann and SOAS, University of London , OUP’s History Publisher (Secondary Education) spoke with other authors and publishers about how history textbooks get made. We thought it would be useful to share the information here as well, and let you know how to get in touch if you’re interested in writing […]

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What can we do to Bridge the Word Gap at transition?

OUP’s Bridging the Word Gap at Transition report gives it to us straight. As Jane Harley states in the Foreword: ‘This is a critical time for a focus on vocabulary development, particularly in the context of COVID-19 and the much-publicised broadening of the attainment gap’ Since its publication there have been regional lockdowns that have incorporated some of the poorest regions in England, […]

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