Secondary History in Action

Secondary History in Action

By Catherine Priggs, David Hibbert, Hugh Richards, Elizabeth Carr

Published 10 Jan 2025

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Drawing on over 60 years' combined experience of history teaching and history curriculum leadership, Carr, Hibbert, Priggs and Richards explore ways to make history memorable, engage students in historical thinking and secure excellent outcomes for all. Their perspective is grounded in history's disciplinary distinctiveness and a vision for its purpose in students' education.

The authors of Secondary History in Action articulate practical approaches to history curriculum design, ways to teach disciplinary history in the classroom and methods to assess students' knowledge and understanding. They draw together recent research and established traditions in history teaching discourse in a coherent summary that will be helpful to trainee and beginning teachers, non-specialist teachers of history, subject leaders and senior leaders line-managing history departments.
Catherine Priggs is an education consultant who specialises in history education and whole-school leadership. She has worked as a senior leader in two schools and as director of a teaching school. Catherine has mentored for various ITT providers, led the history programme for a SCITT, and led and supported departments as a subject leader. She has contributed to Teaching History, and authors and edits history textbooks. She presents at conferences, delivers CPD for a range of providers, and works with major UK-based and international exam boards. Catherine is a member of the Historical Association's Secondary Committee.

David Hibbert is head of humanities and assistant head for teaching and learning at The Cherwell School in Oxford and has seven years of experience as a subject lead in multiple contexts. David has contributed to Teaching History and has also presented at a range of events within and beyond history education over the last decade. He has also authored chapters and sections in books about teaching and learning in history and has written for textbooks.

Hugh Richards is head of history at an 11-18 comprehensive secondary school in York. He has a decade of experience in this role working with a team of specialist teachers on curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. He is an honorary fellow of the Historical Association and has led many workshops, webinars and CPD programmes. He has guest lectured as part of the University of York PGCE programme. He has authored chapters and sections of various books about education and history teaching as well as textbook chapters. Hugh has worked as a consultant with schools, academy trusts and local authorities across England. Hugh and the other authors are part of the team that established and leads the Historical Association's Subject Leader Development Programme.

Elizabeth Carr is assistant principal and curriculum and subject lead of humanities at Avanti Grange Secondary School. She has over 10 years' experience as a subject leader of history and as a mentor on the University of Cambridge history PGCE. She has published in Teaching History and delivered CPD at local and national conferences. Elizabeth is a managing editor of Teaching History and an honorary fellow of the Historical Association and has worked with a number of schools and MATs to develop history teaching in both primary and secondary phases.
  • Author Catherine Priggs,David Hibbert,Hugh Richards,Elizabeth Carr
  • ISBN 9781915261885
  • No. of Pages 160
  • Format Paperback
  • Publication Date 10 Jan 2025