This is the history teaching website of me, Ed Podesta. I’m a history teacher. I worked at Little Heath School in Reading for the first 10 years of my teaching career. Taking one year off to be a PGCE tutor at the University of Oxford. For three years I was head of the History Department at Little Heath School, as well as a whole school CPD co-ordinator and chair of the grandly titled ‘Curriculum Reform Group’. Over this last year I’ve been working in the independent sector on a fixed term contract, which has been fascinating and very informative.
I also do some work for the BBC as an occasional consultant on internet related history teaching stuff. I have done bits and bobs for BECTA, PiXL, the SSAT (for whom I was a Lead Practitioner 2008-9) and the Historical Association. Recently I have worked with OCR on their new GCSE specification. My textbook on the Unification of Italy has just been published, which I wrote with a colleague, based (loosely) on my podcasts at www.onedamnthing.org.uk/italy. There are three more textbooks that I’m contributing chapters or sections to, all of which are for the new (draft) GCSE specifications of various boards. Having just finished an MSc in Educational Research Methods at the University of Leeds I’m keen to continue working as a practitioner-researcher. You can find me on twitter @ed_podesta. At the moment, I’m extremely available for work from September 2015, so if you need a history teacher, or a teacher-educator with ideas, but very little hair, get in touch!
This site is for history teachers, to help them to think about and plan their history teaching, as it seems to me that the best history lessons or series of lessons are often those that have been thought about very carefully.
I would like this site to be slightly different from those excellent sites that cater for us history teachers who want one off resources, or groups of resources. I’m thinking particularly of Andrew Field’s legendary site, or the burgeoning www.historyshareforum.com run by Doug Belshaw. I would like it to become, eventually, a place where there are larger resources and longer articles made by history teachers. As an excellent example, I would draw your attention to this piece, written by Dave Stacey, which discusses how history departments could re-vamp their KS3 schemes of work. If you’d like to contribute something then you’d be very very welcome! Let me know by getting in touch!
When I first had the idea for this site I envisaged it as a wiki. I asked for help and got some great contributions, from Doug, but especially Dave Stacey. The wiki didn’t quite work out – to be honest the programming side of it was beyond me – so I’ll be transferring the information posted there to this site as time goes on. I realise that this site has probably got to become useful in its own right before lots of people volunteer to join in and contribute their material. In the meantime if you do find something useful, or something useless, please do let me know by posting a comment in the relevant section.