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Making Pearson Edexcel GCSE History more accessible
By Ben Armstrong
28 Nov
Creating the Foundation Edition of the Weimar and Nazi Germany book for Pearson Edexcel GCSE History has been an exciting project. The mainstream book covered the topic effectively and in good detail, but I was aware of the challenges faced by teachers with classes of students with a lower reading age, especially if the classes are mixed ability and incorporate students with a wide range of target grades. The goal was to create a Foundation Edition of the book that was accessible to students with a lower reading age, while not sacrificing the core, essential information and also maintaining comparability to the mainstream edition so that teachers can use the two editions side by side.
Towards a connected curriculum
By Martin Spafford
18 Oct
The history we think we know depends on where we look and the questions we ask. Ask new questions and we gain new understanding that can lead us to us rethink a big story.
20 years of working on Access to History: My reflections
By Michael Lynch
07 Oct

When I took up the mantle of Series Editor over 20 years ago, Access to History was already well established as a major contributor to A-level studies...

New resources on the impact of the First World War in Kent - in memory of Ian Coulson
By Andy Harmsworth
16 Nov
I am delighted to announce that the first teaching and learning materials from the Ian Coulson Bursary have now been published. A teacher’s guide, student booklet and scheme of work can be freely downloaded by teachers from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust website.
The 30th National Schools History Project Conference: Day three
By Tony Fox
13 Jul
Tony Fox shares his Day three experiences
The 30th National Schools History Project Conference: Day Two
By Tony Fox
11 Jul
Tony Fox shares his Day 2 experiences.
 
The 30th National Schools History Project Conference: Day One
By Tony Fox
10 Jul
Labelled as 'Inspiring professional development for History teachers' I had high hopes for this years' conference. It was my twelfth, although this was my first full conference in a decade, and the first in which I hosted a fringe session as well as providing a workshop.

I had no set outcomes in mind; no plan to ‘mine’ any particular seam of valuable deposits of historical understanding. I planned to simply enjoy the experience, enjoy being back amongst this fantastic community.
No. 1
By Tony Fox
05 Jul
In my previous blog, I mentioned that, because of a bad experience I had not used historical fiction in the classroom for some time, but that I have been recently inspired by Tony Stowers’ No.1 to give it another try. In this blog I want to explain why I think it is so inspiring and what that tells me about the criteria we should apply in choosing historical fiction for classroom use.
Looking forward to the SHP Conference - 6-8 July
By Tony Fox
29 Jun
Jim Belben at Hodder has asked me to be the guest blogger from this year's SHP Conference which takes place next weekend 6-8 July. It is a pleasure.

My first blog in this mini-series looks back on inspiration from a past conference and forward to what's in store for this one.
Avoiding common pitfalls in Edexcel A-level History Coursework
By Oliver Bullock
15 Jun
The first round of entries for the coursework element of Edexcel A-level History have shown that real success is achievable when students have a clear and manageable route through its demands. Analysis of the performance of this first cohort has shown that a number of common pitfalls have emerged.
How I’m using the AQA A-level History Coursework Workbook to help my students
By Keith Milne
15 Jun
Real success in the NEA is achievable when students have a clear and manageable route through the demands. From the development of an exciting but effective question right to the final tips concerning use of footnotes, word counts and the writing of appropriate bibliographies, students need a clear set of goals and objectives as they develop their skills on this unit.
Using your KS3 to prepare students for Edexcel GCSE
By Sam Slater
20 Mar
The main concern facing every GCSE teacher of the new specification is how to teach the amount of content that is now required.  With this in mind, I am suggesting that you focus your KS3 teaching on embedding the historical thinking and concepts so that you can master the content teaching needed at KS4.

If you are teaching the new Edexcel GCSE, my new KS3 Workbooks should help you embed a concept focused programme in the lower years that will free up time for you to cover the content needed across the three examination papers.  Here are my top tips for planning your KS3 programme, with a little help from my workbooks!
‘To pierce the clouds, first lay the foundation’: How KS3 History can be a solid foundation for success at KS4
By Tim Jenner and Dan Townsend
08 Mar
Faced by the challenges of GCSE almost every history department seems to be introducing GCSE question types into their KS3 lessons – the question is whether that is a good thing, and if it is how best to do it, and if it isn’t, what do to instead - how best to revise your KS3 schemes of work so that you actually build the underlying GCSE skills with or without question drilling.

That is the subject of this blog and also the focus of our new Key Stage 3 workbooks which are published at the end of March (Workbook 1) and end of May (Workbook 2).
How to revise for OCR A GCSE History – Explaining the Modern World
By Catherine Priggs (nee Flaherty)
02 Mar
To succeed in the OCR A specification students need a range of skills. As for any GCSE History exam they’ll need to work with source material, recall factual knowledge, and demonstrate conceptual understanding of the past.
 
However there are also some specific challenges in the OCR A spec. This blog gives your students three practical ways to revise or prepare for some of these specific question types.
Revision lessons - the key to student success
By Richard Kennett
12 Jan
With the recent GCSE exams many teachers have rightly been concerned about getting through the content. My concern with this is that many of us have left revision as an afterthought when designing our GCSE curriculum offer. But revision shouldn’t be an afterthought. Decent revision (in my humble opinion) is the fundamental key to exam success for your students.
 
A very knowledgeable Christmas
By Alex Ford
20 Dec
So, it’s that time of the year once again. Time for Christmas decorations and carol concerts. Time for the RE department to show Christmas Simpsons episodes every lesson, claiming some tenuous curricular link. Time for kids to bounce into your classrooms demanding quizzes (or low-stakes cultural capital tests if you prefer) and Haribo with menaces. And of course, it is time for the annual Hodder History Nest Christmas blog.
Some reflections on SHP’s GCSE textbook series
By Michael Riley - Director of the Schools History Project
01 Dec
October saw the publication of the twelfth and final title in SHP’s series for the OCR B (SHP) GCSE. Michael Riley takes stock of what has been achieved in this textbook series and why he is so proud of the talented author team.
 
How to revise for AQA GCSE History: four practical tips
By Tim Jenner
13 Nov
Revising for a History GCSE exam can seem like a daunting task.

Tim Jenner, author of My Revision Notes: AQA GCSE History and a practising History teacher, shares four tips that will help your students make the most of their valuable revision time when they are revising for AQA GCSE History. He wrote this advice with his own students in mind.
The Mughal Empire
By Jamie Byrom and Michael Riley
27 Oct
The final title in the OCR B textbook series was published in October: The Mughal Empire 1526-1707 and it received just as much as love and attention from authors and publishers as the first despite its specialist market. The authors share their enthusiasm for this period study and for the book itself.
Aztecs and the Spanish Conquest, 1519-1535
By Kate Jarvis and Richard Woff
15 Oct
The scene: a pub near King’s Cross shortly after publication of Aztecs and the Spanish Conquest. Its two authors are discussing why they wanted to write this book, and what they learned from doing so. You can listen in on their conversation here...

 
Learning from experience
By William Bailey-Watson
02 Oct
After leading a History department for the past five years, I have left the classroom to take charge of History teacher training at Reading University. Here are nine aims, born from experience in schools, that I intend will underpin and guide my foray into the world of ITT (Initial Teacher Training).
'The Mitford Sisters' - an exercise in collaborative planning
By Neil Bates & George Dollin
29 Aug
Many history teachers will currently be planning or revising new lessons and schemes of work. So to kick off our Autumn blog series on the Hodder History Nest here is an interesting plan for a new 20th century overview enquiry. 
The First Crusade
By Rachel Foster and Kath Goudie
25 Aug

The final world depth study for the OCR B textbook series covers the First Crusade c1070-1100. Rachel Foster and Kath Goudie explain why they think this option will be a rewarding one for students to study - if you can wean yourself off the mega-popular alternative of Living under Nazi Rule!

New teaching resources from the Battlefields Trust
By Tony Fox
06 Jul
Tony Fox (who kicked off the Hodder History Nest expert blog some seven years ago) returns to tell us about his latest venture - producing materials for the Battlefields Trust. He writes enthusiastically about the content they have created and the process.
Viking Expansion 750-1050
By Chris Culpin
09 Jun
For me, by far the best bit about writing a new book is the doing the research. Usually this means up-dating myself on fairly familiar topics, but in the case of the Vikings I had only some very basic general knowledge, heavily influenced by having once done the Jorvik tour.  As I began to read, the opportunity of bringing some of the amazing things I was finding out to the attention of GCSE level students became an ever more enticing prospect.
OCR War and Society
By Ben Walsh
26 May
Well, it’s finally arrived! The last of the textbooks for OCR GCSE History Specification A has finally landed. War and Society in Britain c790 to c 2010, along with the British Depth Study on The Personal Rule to Restoration 1629-60 and the Historic Environment Study on Castles is no longer a collection of drafts and revisions but a real book in the real world!
SHP Conference 2017
By Sally Thorne
08 May
I first attended the SHP conference in 2008. I remember being a bit nervous about not knowing anyone, but this turned out to be an unfounded concern, because what everybody at SHP has in common is a desire to be better History teachers. 

Now we're nearly a decade on and the SHP conference has its own hashtag (#shp17 this year), but it continues to offer outstanding CPD that lies at the cutting edge of our profession. What delights me every year is that there really is something for everyone, no matter where you're coming from or how long you've been doing your job.
Living under Nazi Rule
By Richard Kennett
20 Apr
I can pinpoint where my fascination with Nazi Germany began. I was six and my Great Aunt Phyllis showed me a photo of my grandad when he was 15 years old Nazi saluting in Germany in 1938 with swastika arm band firmly in place. David was a British scout and it dumbfounded me why he would be seemingly lending his support to the baddies as I simplistically saw history in black and white. I never found out what he was doing.
The Making of America
By Alex Ford
29 Mar
When I was asked to write The Making of America for Hodder, I was both excited and terrified. Terrified because I would have a responsibility to help thousands of students find (or fail to find) what makes nineteenth century America such a brilliant period; excited for exactly the same reasons!
Magna Carta: A new internet resource for learning about medieval England
By Matt Phillips
15 May
‘Magna Carta’ is an interactive, fully-immersive, web-based resource co-developed by The National Archives (TNA) and the Parliament Educational Service. The website helps Key Stage 3 pupils explore Magna Carta and the history of medieval England. Matt Phillips from the project team summarises what is on offer.
Lunar Men
By Richard Kennett
21 Apr
Over the past year I have been writing my part of the third book in the Making Sense of History series (which is published this Friday). In this blog I share my enthusiasm for one particular discovery I made on my author journey. 
Italian Unification
By Ed Podesta
30 Mar
The latest book in the Enquiring History series (published last week) is Italian Unification. One of its authors Ed Podesta explain why he wanted to write this book and why he has enjoyed teaching the topic.
Access to History for the new specifications
By Dr Michael Lynch
25 Feb
Series Editor, Dr Michael Lynch, introduces the new editions of the Access to History series, as the first two titles are now available.

Relax, your wait is over! Eager as you are to get your hands on new texts that offer enlightenment, guidance and enjoyment, you will be thrilled by the appearance this week of the first books in a series that will cover practically all the areas of A-Level History study. Specifically written to meet the demands of the new-style examinations that begin in 2016, these books, will satisfy all the student’s needs and more.
Active Revision - 1
By Donald Cumming
09 Feb
It is that time of year when nervous students finally get round to focusing on revision. They've no doubt purchased revision books, perhaps splashed out on helpful revision apps, and may even be constructing beautifully-coloured revision schedules...

But how do you engage them with revision in an active way? What approaches can you take that get them beyond reading/taking pages of notes without ever processing the information or feeling overwhelmed by it?

My next few blog posts will hopefully add a few new ideas to your revision-activity toolkit, alongside reminding you of a few old classics it is always worth using.
A School Carol: The Tale of Eduneezer Scrooge - Day 3
By Alex and Rachel Ford
25 Dec
Happy Christmas everyone. Today we conclude our seasonal tale as Scrooge sees what is yet to come...
A School Carol: The Tale of Eduneezer Scrooge - Day 2
By Alex and Rachel Ford
24 Dec
We continue our seasonal tale with a visit from the Spirit of Education Present.
A School Carol: The Tale of Eduneezer Scrooge - Day 1
By Alex and Rachel Ford
23 Dec
As Christmas comes around, my mind cannot help but turn to a childhood favourite of mine. I would like to pretend it was Dickens’ original ‘A Christmas Carol’. However, to my shame I must admit it was actually the Muppet version of this masterpiece of English Literature that caught my young imagination – and still does. This year, my mind took a new direction as I watched Michael and Kermit for the umpteenth time. What if Scrooge had been not a man of business, but a man of education? A headmaster to be precise? What would the visitations of the Ghosts of the Past, Present and Future have revealed? 
Teaching History with 100 Objects – 2
By Richard Woff
03 Dec
How is Teaching History with 100 Objects organised and how can it help you in your teaching?
Teaching History with 100 Objects - 1
By Richard Woff
03 Dec
Teaching history with 100 objects was launched in September 2014 with two other uploads in October and November. Over the last three weeks I have been working on the penultimate upload of objects which will go live this Friday (5 December). That will bring the total to nearly 80, leaving the final 20 to be got ready for mid-January. 
Choosing a new A Level – Blood on the carpet!
By Tom Hilton
21 Nov
When the annual email about content for the sixth form prospectus popped into my inbox I had a sudden realisation that it now really was time to make a decision about what we would do for our new A-Level. A growing fear of the unknown combined with a sense of great opportunity led me to think carefully about how as a department we would go about making our choice...
Making sense of (religious) history (cont)
By Alec Fisher
17 Nov
As an author and teacher I have been trying to think more deeply about how best to teach religion and matters of faith in history lessons. 


Making sense of (religious) history
By Alec Fisher
17 Nov
Recently, the kids I teach have been asking me about 'all that stuff in Syria, where they cut off heads and all.' Moreover, as one of the authors of the Making Sense of History series, I have been grappling with writing various sections on religion.

These two challenges have given me occasion to think more widely about our approach to teaching religion and matters of faith in history lessons.

So let me share my thinking with you.
Parliament in the Making
By Holly Greenland
13 Nov
To follow on from Nigel Saul's overview of the aims and plans for Magna Carta 800, Holly Greenland from the Parliament Public Engagement and Learning team introduces the resources that Parliament will be producing for the anniversary. 
Working on the Magna Carta Anniversary
By Nigel Saul
10 Nov
In all our work for the Magna Carta anniversary, those of us involved on the various committees have been urged to think about ‘legacy’.  Every project has to have ‘legacy’.  But what exactly does it mean?  Answering this question takes us to the very heart of what the anniversary is all about.
Preparing for the Magna Carta Anniversary
By Nigel Saul
31 Oct
Professor Nigel Saul of Royal Holloway and member of the Magna Carta 800 committee outlines what is in store for us for the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. 
Tell us what you look for in GCSE History resources
By Jim Belben
24 Oct
Tell us what you think - and be entered for a prize draw.  
SHP Conference 2014
By Jim Belben
16 Jul
First it's the turn of Jim Belben who commissions books for the SHP partnership and also tweets as @HodderHistory...
Waterloo 200, part 2
By Michael Crumplin
10 Jul
Michael Crumplin is a retired consultant surgeon and his only involvement in teaching was in training and examining young medical students and aspiring surgeons during their careers. As an interest long before retirement, he became involved in the period of European and transatlantic revolution and conflict (1760-1820), which is a timescale full of fascinating events and divertissements. His interest in social and military affairs of these times blended well with the evolution of healthcare in the armed services and in civilian life, which pre-dated the era of anaesthesia and particularly, antisepsis.
Waterloo 200, part 1
By Michael Crumplin
08 Jul
In his first blog, Michael Crumplin sets out some comments on the efforts being undertaken to commemorate and celebrate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo (June 18 2015). 
We Remember Rwanda
By Andy Lawrence
23 Jun
In his final post, Andy Lawrence tells us about a project some of his students worked on to ensure that the Rwanda genocide is rembered. Some of our readers may have already seen it!
Comparing the Holocaust and other genocides
By Andy Lawrence
20 May
Andy Lawrence explains the importance of looking at the Holocaust in comparison with other genocides, and how this can aid students' understanding and broaden their view of these events. 
Who teaches about Rwanda?
By Andy Lawrence
07 May
Andy Lawrence looks at how not many teachers choose to teach about the Rwandan genocide, and hopes that the increasing amount of resources might change that. 
Teaching the First World War as more than just Britain’s war
By Dean Evans
13 Mar
Dean Evans explores how teaching the First World War should be about more than just the trenches. 
Using War memorials in teaching the Great War – more than just stone!
By Dean Evans
06 Mar
Deav Evans looks into how we can use War Memorials to help us understand the Firsr World War.
Is Niall Ferguson right about Britain’s role in The First World War and how we should teach it?
By Dean Evans
25 Feb
Dean Evans looks into the teaching of the causes of the First World War. 
The First World War: What's the point?
By Dean Evans
19 Feb
Dean Evans explores the teaching of the First World War.
History: an entitlement for all?
By Dr Katharine Burn
13 Jan
Katharine Burn continues her series of blogs, with a discussion of the results of the Historical Association survery from 2013. 
The great Blackadder debate
By Ben Walsh
09 Jan
Ben Walsh follows up from Katharine Burn's first blog about Blackadder and the First World War, after which. Katharine will be back with her blogs about the 2013 HA survery. 
A new year: a new battle for history
By Dr Katharine Burn
06 Jan
Dr Katharine Burn discusses the latest challenge being refuted by history teachers. 
What A Year
By Alex and Rachel Ford
18 Dec
Alex Ford summarises what has been a rather tumultuous year for the History community.
Common Core, Common Cause and the Memory Hole
By Ben Walsh
10 Dec
Ben Walsh's final instalment in his mini-series about his time in St Louis. 
Technology (and the textbook)
By Ben Walsh
04 Dec
The first in Ben Walsh's mini series: 

Lessons from St Louis – Reflections on the 2013 National Council for Social Studies Conference in St Louis Missouri, part 1.
Collaborating with academic historians
By Tony Fox
02 Dec
In his final post for the Hodder History Nest, Tony Fox talks about collaborating with academic historians.
Give me five minutes
By Tony Fox
28 Nov
Tony Fox discusses the 5 minute lesson plan
How I mark books and give feedback - Part 2
By Tony Fox
20 Nov
Tony Fox looks at developing his feedback methods further. 
How I mark books and give feedback - Part 1
By Tony Fox
13 Nov
Tony Fox talks about the best ways to offer feedback to students. 
Help in challenging times (or How Carol’s Challenge Wall helped me with differentiation)
By Tony Fox
07 Nov
Tony Fox discusses how sharing ideas can lead to better teaching for everyone. 
'Having a passion or knowledge of a subject doesn't mean you'll be good at teaching it.'
By Tony Fox
04 Nov
Tony Fox discusses the importance of Qualified Teacher Status in employing teachers and as a starting point from which to develop within the teaching profession.


Getting the message across
By Tony Fox
29 Oct
Tony Fox discusses teachers who care deeply for educating their students, and the great shame that this is rarely represented in the media. 
Anniversaries
By Tony Fox
24 Oct
Tony Fox looks at how to teach anniversaries of important dates to students, and how there isn't always time to cover every historic anniversary in the detail they deserve. 
Change ahead!
By Tony Fox
22 Oct
Tony Fox looks at how you can find silver linings in seemingly negative periods of change,