Languages and humanities


Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

21 November 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on January 27. Alex Murphy offers some ideas and resources for how to mark the event in your school


Miriam’s Vision: A safer world

10 October 2018

Miriam Hyman was 32 when she was killed in the 2005 London bombings. Since then, Miriam’s Vision – a far-reaching, cross-curricular resource – has had an important impact in schools. Mavis Hyman and Alison Kitson explain


The Into Film Festival 2018

5 September 2018

This year’s Into Film Festival takes place from November 7 to 23 and schools can already book their free places. Sam Wilson introduces this year’s programme


Using contact hypothesis in RE

9 May 2018

Many RE activities aim to have a positive impact on social relations, but teachers may not be going far enough...


Teaching languages: Some tips and a call to action!

7 February 2018

Language education is under pressure at a time when language learning could not be more important for the next generation. Suzanne O’Farrell gives us some tips for teaching languages, and issues a rallying call...


Uncovering the First World War

27 September 2017

The First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours have been helping schools to connect the First World War to their local communities – as well as to the political and social issues of today – to make the war relevant and personal to the lives of our students. Simon Bendry explains


The qualities of a strong geography department

20 September 2017

What are the characteristics of a quality geography department? Drawing on submissions from the most recent round of the Geography Quality Mark, Rebecca Kitchen offers some suggestions


Into Film Festival 2017

6 September 2017

The annual Into Film Festival takes place in November with 3,000 free screenings and events. It is the world’s largest film education festival. Sam Wilson looks at what’s on


Learning lessons from Auschwitz

21 June 2017

Since 2006, the Lessons from Auschwitz programme has seen more than 30,000 students visit the notorious Nazi death camp. In May, John Galloway joined the latest group of students and teachers travelling to Auschwitz-Birkenau


Interventions to raise attainment in MFL

24 May 2017

A project focused on raising attainment in French and Spanish saw Karine Buffon introduce a number of interventions, especially targeting disadvantaged and underachieving pupils


Case study: Driving progress in MFL

15 March 2017

Lead practitioner Anna Pethybridge discusses her school’s work to drive up progress in MFL, including a focus on teaching and learning and effective staff deployment


Bett Show 2017 – Your SecEd Guide

8 December 2016

SecEd's annual Bett Show Guide offers 32 pages of preview information to help you prepare for the world's largest educational technology event, which takes place at London's ExCeL from January 25 to 28.



Geography: From assessment to fieldwork

11 May 2016

Hundreds of geography teachers gathered recently for the Geographical Association’s annual conference. Alan Kinder summarises the key issues and debates


Holocaust education: Misconceptions and myths

3 February 2016

Drawing on research by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, Dr Alice Pettigrew highlights some key concerns about young people’s perceptions of the Holocaust and considers the implications for teachers


Supporting language teachers

24 August 2015

Scotland's National Centre for Languages works to develop and improve the learning and teaching of languages. Petra McLay describes some of the support on offer to teachers and schools


Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

22 January 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on January 27, when we remember those who have perished and suffered in the Holocaust and other genocides. Dorothy Lepkowska meets Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott.


Effective Holocaust education

22 January 2015

Evidence shows just how difficult it is to teach the Holocaust effectively. Paul Salmons and Stuart Foster explain why a research-informed approach will help students to tackle the profound questions that this traumatic subject raises.


First World War Centenary: Lest we forget

6 November 2014

The First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme is helping students to develop a deeper understanding of the Great War. As Remembrance Day approaches, Emma Lee-Potter accompanied students on a recent trip.


Languages keep you sharp in old age

12 June 2014

As concern grows about the decline in the numbers of youngsters studying modern languages at school and university, a new survey has found that people who speak more than one language are more likely to stay sharp in old age.


The reasons behind the decline in languages at A level

8 May 2014

The latest Languages Trends study has revealed yet further decline in language learning, with specific concerns about post-16 study. Kathryn Board and Teresa Tinsley consider some of the reasons behind the continuing problems.


Young Ambassadors for RE

24 April 2014

The Religious Education Council’s Young Ambassadors scheme has been piloted in 10 schools and sees students promoting the vital role that the subject has to play in the 21st century. Lynsey Wilkinson explains her school’s experience.


Teaching resources and ideas for tackling the slave trade

6 March 2014

The film 12 Years a Slave has thrust the horrors of slavery back into the headlines. Isobel Durrant looks at a range of projects and resources that can help teachers to tackle both historic and modern slavery in the classroom.


National Citizen Service

6 February 2014

The National Citizen Service is a government-backed youth citizenship programme that builds the skills and confidence of 16 and 17-year-olds. Laura Gibbon explains.

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