Primary History Conference 2019


This year’s primary history conference focused on the implications for planning and teaching of the new Ofsted Inspection Framework. The keynote speech from Kate Thomson (@KateTho66456452) and Tracey Wire (@TraceyWire) was followed by a series of practical workshops exploring effective primary practice. We were delighted to welcome guest speakers, Cat McHarg (@HistoricEngland), Sarah Whitehouse (@UWE) and Rachael Herbert from Ashton Gate Primary School in Bristol. Workshops focused on topics as disparate as significance and chronology, using challenging sources at KS1 and working at greater depth in the local context. Delegates learned about the Great Exhibition in 1851, ‘natural’ Egyptian mummies, listed buildings, Florence Nightingale and the devastating effect of one bomb, dropped in one street in Cheltenham, in 1940.

The conference was very well attended by teachers who were keen to develop their practice. It was marvellous to work with so many committed and enthusiastic individuals who are keen to have a positive impact on the quality of history education in their schools. The teachers who attended were very positive about the day. Delegates commented in their evaluations:

Outstanding, well thought out day. Inspiring and thought provoking.

Absolutely amazing day – worth coming from Nottingham.

Absolutely fabulous – exactly what we needed. The day will have a huge impact moving forward.

Kate and Tracey are eager to build upon the success of the day and plan more CPD opportunities for teachers in local schools