News and info

Revamp of OBHD here – it is easier to find past posts by using the categories and tags. Have you also seent he new HA webinar series focused on making history accessible for all? Check the HA website for details.

Well done to all the YorkClio members involved in developing, leading and participating in the new HA Subject Leader course pilot – great work!
The HA has launched a ‘Virtual Branches‘ series of talks by historians. Great for subject knowledge updating and for 6th formers. 
x has been published – with learning resources designed by the 2017-18 York PGCE trainees – well done, team!
York history teachers meet Greg Jenner!
Greg Jenner
University of York / YorkClio RQT group
This group has been to the Battlefields of the Western Front, is working on resources and will meet in June 2020 to finalise these ready to share in the autumn term of 2020. Some of the team will also be presenting their work at the HA conference.

HA Great Debate for A Level students

The question for 2020 is ‘Should we judge historical figures by the morals of today?’. The 2020 competition is in partnership with BBC History magazine. The local heat was busy, with participants from 9 local schools. Cecile from Manor School will be representing York and North Yorkshire in the National Final.


‘The History of My School’ – a project led by Prof Peter Mandler with Dr Laura Carter of the University of Cambridge is researching education in the UK post 1945. They have chosen York and North Yorkshire as one of their focus areas. This means that they will be digging in the archives about local schools. They will be developing materials that schools can use to explore social history post ’45 using the school (or schools) as a starting point for enquiry. Watch this space!
Oxford University Workshops and Sessions (in your school or college)

A member of the Mansfield College Access team can visit your school or college at any time throughout the year to give presentations and run workshops with your students and any interested staff. They are link College for City of York for Oxford University.

University/Oxford Explained: sessions for students in KS3 or KS4 who are interested in finding out more about University, or about Oxford/competitive universities specifically.

Oxplore: A workshop designed around the Oxplore website, aimed at pushing students beyond the curriculum.  Is a robot a person? Could we live without laws? Could there be real-life XMen? This session will give pupils the opportunity to answer some big questions, and to create their own.

Presentations for Teachers: sessions for teachers interested in learning more about the Oxford application process, personal statement and reference writing and how best to support students.

Talks for Parents: application information sessions, usually evening events, giving parents the opportunity to learn more about the application process and ask questions about how to support their children’s applications.

Mansfield aims to run a full application workshop in York each year, covering how to apply, personal statements, etc., each Spring term.  Information about the Spring 2019 workshop will be sent out later on this term or at the start of next term.

If you are holding an event in your school or college that you would like a member of the Mansfield Access team to attend please contact Helen Brooks via

Contribute to OBHD
The HA Secondary committee members’ ‘One Big History Department’ is attracting more and more readers. It exists to share good practice rooted in the ‘history’ of how our ideas about teaching history have developed. You can find it here: OBHD

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.


GCSE units

A reminder of what schools do for collaboration possibilities:

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

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

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

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.