It has been a very busy term and I have neglected the blog to get things done and prepare for an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted boarding inspection. I have also visited some great schools and worked with a number of colleagues and students at Cramlington, Woodlands School, ACS Cobham International School, Lockers Park and Flitch Green.
Working with all these great teachers and institutions is enlightening but the event I always look forward to the most in the Summer Term is the national Schools History Project conference in Leeds this coming weekend. Around 300 history educators from the UK and Europe attend to discuss, debate and learn about innovative teaching ideas and methods from fellow practitioners and thinkers. It is also a chance to meet old friends and make some new ones and I am looking forward to attending sessions by Dan Lyndon on working with academics to bring research into the classroom, Johannes Ahrenfelt and Neal Watkin on immersive learning and of course, the Saturday night ‘interactive entertainment’ with Ian Dawson.
Tweets from the conference will be tagged with #SHPCon2011 and you can follow the Schools History Project on Twitter too: @1972SHP. I’ll be taking my trusty Sony NEX3 with me to the conference and will upload the pictures to the Schools History Project’s Facebook page. We hope to stream and record the TeachMeet on the Saturday (details will appear on the link) and we have some fantastic presentations lined up so join us! Pearson have agreed to sponsor the event and I am grateful to Holly and the team at Pearson for the help in providing drinks and nibbles to maintain the social atmosphere of the TeachMeet idea. If you are coming to the conference, come along and say hello or send me a tweet.
I only have the small matter of finishing some writing for Ian Dawson before then…