News and info

On 7 June there is a conference at Sheffield University about New Approaches to Teaching Appeasement.

An on 22 June University of York are hosting a free HA event by Justice to History focused on teaching race in ‘white spaces’.

OBHD is here – it is easier to find past posts by using the categories and tags. Have you also seen the latest HA CPD calendar? Check the HA website for details.

The HA still has ‘Virtual Branches‘ series of talks by historians. Great for subject knowledge updating and for 6th formers. 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 went to the Battlefields of the Western Front.
HA Great Debate for A Level students
The 2022 debate focuses on change over the last 70 years in this year of the Queen’s platinum Jubilee. TheYork and area heat was a lovely event and we wish our rep well for the final at Windsor Castle.
‘The History of My School’ – the 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 are digging in the archives about local schools. Materials for schools about the social history of Britain post ’45 have been published.
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

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.