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Northern History Forum

From local to national using the local

picture to reveal national change
Wednesday 18 November 2015, 4.00-8.00pm
Leeds Trinity University
History is made by all of us all of the time and our landscape is constantly changing. Local
history brings history home, it touches your life, the life of your family, your neighbourhood,
your community. Understanding the history of your locality can help you to understand and
appreciate the environment in which you live today.
This Northern History Forum will help you get to grips with using your locality to teach
insightful history to your pupils that will help to reveal how the local picture can also reveal
the national picture. In addition there will be workshops dedicated to preparing you for the
new GCSE specifications.
Come and be inspired by outstanding practitioners including Tim Lomas, Julia Tanner, Ruth
Lingard, Helen Snelson and Andrew Wrenn. The event will be accompanied by an exhibition
of stands from both national and local organisations. Hodder Education will be sponsoring
a wine reception. Drinks and sandwiches will be provided. Workshop places are limited so
book early to avoid disappointment


Keynote speech
Making local history
relevant, feasible and
enjoyable in schools
Dr Tim Lomas is Chair of
The British Association for
Local History, Hon Sec for
the HA, senior examiner,
writer, consultant and former
principal inspector
With local history and
environment relevant across
all compulsory years of
education, there are matters
to address about appropriate
enquiries, resources, teaching
approaches and progression.
Dr Tim Lomas will provide
guidance on these issues
including teaching local
history in all key stages, how
teachers can make effective
use of a range of sources
and how local history can
contribute to progression
across the whole history
curriculum. There will be
plenty of examples of good
practice and practical ideas
that can be adapted easily.

Primary Workshop 1

Secondary Workshop 1

either Workshop A

or Workshop B

either Workshop A

or Workshop B

Using historical maps

Using a stimulus to develop

a fresh perspective of post

History is all around us!

Practical ways to embed
local historical study into
your Key Stage 3 curriculum

Effective and engaging

teaching of medieval
history at GCSE
Abdullahi Mohamud and Robin
Whitburn from Doing Justice to
The session will include an
overview of how to engage
KS4 students with political and
social aspects of the medieval
world through an enquiry
based approach. There will be
consideration for all major exam
boards in the presentation.
Exemplary approaches to the
major topics will be given most
consideration; The Norman
Conquest and The Crusades.

Julia Tanner is a former teacher

and teacher educator, now
working as an Education
Consultant. She Is well known
for her work in primary
humanities, and is the editor of
The Everyday Guide to Primary
Geography series
This session will explore the value
of old maps as a resource for
local history work. It will include
the opportunity to try out some
classroom activities, to learn
about the range of maps
available and how to acquire
them, and to see some pupil
work. You will leave with some
useful resources to take back to

Allison Robinson History coordinator and classteacher

Crofton Junior School
The workshop will explore
how to take a stimulus, a small
nugget of history, and develop
a meaningful enquiry. Using
the main enquiry question, it
looks at 3 fresh depth studies
that will allow pupils to come
to their own conculsions. The
session will explore the rich
cross-curricular links to literacy,
RE and ideas for P4C philosophy
discussions. Take away planning
ideas for the Tudor poor laws,
Thomas Corams establishment
of the Foundling hospital in
the 1700s and a local study
of poverty in the 18th and 19th

Ruth Lingard and Sara Bowland

joint heads of history at
Millthorpe School, York and
Helen Snelson Head of History at
The Mount school, York
Its official! Site studies are back
at GCSE. How do we make our
students more aware of the
History that surrounds them?
How do we teach them to
read the history in buildings?
How can we encourage them
to explore archive material to
reach their own conclusions?
We will take you through three
examples of local History studies
that embed skills of chronology,
source analysis and historical
enquiry and provide you with
ideas that you could adapt to
your own local area.


Exhibition and
Keynote Speech:
Workshop 1
Workshop 2

Primary Workshop 2

Secondary Workshop 2

either Workshop A

or Workshop B

either Workshop A

or Workshop B

Why is Kirkstall Abbey

Sarah Allen, Learning & Access
Officer, Leeds Museums &
This session looks at how we
use Kirkstall Abbey to explore
locality in the new curriculum
with KS1 &2. This is a handson session with transferable
ideas and activities to use in and
outside the classroom. There
will also be further ideas and
information about how to use
Leeds Museums and Galleries
as a centre for your local history
study or studies over time.

Prehistory on your
Elaine Skates, Acting CEO,
Council for Learning Outside the
Classroom, Melanie Jones, HA
Education Manager
We have got to teach
prehistory, but where are the
resources? we hear you cry!
This session, in partnership with
the Council for Learning Outside
the Classroom will explore the
history on your doorstep and
how to make the most of your
local environment and the great
outdoors to teach this new
curriculum topic.

Time and Place: Making

the most of an historic site
at KS3
Andrew Wrenn is an education
consultant, former LA
Humanities Advisor and an
Honorary Fellow of the Historical
The 2014 National Curriculum
stresses the importance of local
history at KS3 while a study of
the historic environment is an
essential component of new
GCSEs. This practical workshop
will model how to create a
scheme of work around an
historic site, in this case Kirkstall
Abbey, a ruined monastery in
Leeds. It will show how visits can
be slotted into an enquiry about
a site over a long arc of time
which takes in to account how
and why it has changed, how
these changes link to national
developments and analysis of
how the site is interpreted today.

Navigating Unfamiliar
Waters: GCSE 2016 and
your department
Katie Hall is an experienced
teacher and freelance history
education consultant
Are you still deciding which
specification to choose for your
new GCSE? Confused about
the new subject criteria? Unsure
how different requirements
are dealt with by the awarding
bodies? Wondering how to
fit GCSE in with your A Level
course? Come along to this
session to find out more about
how different specifications
deal with the requirements and
discuss with others how you
will plan for your department to
meet the new challenge.


Northern History Forum Booking

Wednesday 18 November 2015 Leeds Trinity University
To book please visit:

Non HA member


HA Member


Trainee/ Student


Exhibitors can book an exhibition stand at 20. This includes refreshments and the opportunity to
attend workshops.

Please complete the online booking and payment form

Payment is due upon booking online
The booking link is: http://store.leedstrinity.ac.uk
You will need your HA membership number to make a reduced rate booking
There will be no invoices issued
There will be a choice of workshop sessions primary & secondary please indicate your first &
second choice as appropriate
Early booking is recommended to reserve your preferred workshop
the closing date is 11 November 2015
Exhibitors are entitled to attend workshops but please book the workshop place
A certificate of attendance will be provided at the event
email: cpd@leedstrinity.ac.uk
phone: 01132837100 ext 556
fax: 0113 2837216