History, the Nation and the Schools

Too busy to post properly, but in haste and via Tony Fox:

History, the Nation and the Schools

A national conference to discuss the teaching of History in British schools
Jointly sponsored by the Royal Historical Society,
the Raphael Samuel History Centre, and the Historical Association

Saturday June 30th 2012
10am to 5pm
Bishopsgate Institute
London EC2M 4QH

Is there a crisis in the teaching of History in British schools? Some people,
inside and outside government, believe that there is, and propose to revise
the curriculum to deal with it. Others argue that the teaching of History
remains strong but that its availability is narrowing, especially in schools
with high numbers of students from low income families. New initiatives such
as the English Baccalaureate have been introduced to help ensure that all
students have an opportunity to study history at Key Stage 4, but will this
work? What kind of History should be taught in British schools, and to whom?

On June 30th 2012 these issues will be discussed at a national conference
co-sponsored by the Royal Historical Society, the Raphael Samuel History
Centre (University of East London/Birkbeck College/Bishopsgate Institute) and
the Historical Association.

The aim of the conference is to bring policy-makers into dialogue with
History educators from all sectors (primary and secondary schools,
universities, the media, Heritage institutions). Invited speakers include:
Michael Gove (Secretary of State for Education), Tristram Hunt (historian and
Labour MP), Michael Maddison (OFSTED), Fiona Reynolds (Director, National
Trust), Martin Spafford (George Mitchell School, Leyton), Anna Gust (Young
History Workshop), Peter Mandler (President-elect, Royal Historical Society),
John Siblon (Black and Asian Studies Association), Flora Wilson (Assistant
Head, Acland Burghley School), Michael Riley (Schools History Project), Ben
Walsh (Oxford and Cambridge exam boards), Baroness Joan Walmsley (Lib Dem),
Amanda Vickery (Queen Mary University of London).

In addition to these speakers, a wide array of people involved in History
education will be invited to comment (up to 5 minutes) from the conference

The conference will open with a roundtable discussion of visions of history
education, followed by general audience discussion. The afternoon will begin
with break-out workshops followed by a feedback session, with a final 90
minute roundtable on government policy proposals and the future of history

School students are invited: a “journalists’ pit” will be set up for them,
and there will teacher-led student workshops.

The day is free of charge and open to the public. Pre-registration will be
required. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

The roundtable discussions will be recorded for podcasting on

For further information about the conference, and to register for it, please
email e.bennett@uel.ac.uk

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