Languages and humanities

Bett Show 2017 – Your SecEd Guide

7 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.


Teaching the Holocaust

23 January 2014

Next week’s Holocaust Memorial Day is an occasion when we remember the victims of the Holocaust, as well as of other genocides around the world. Teacher Ben Fuller discusses how teachers can approach this challenging subject.


Get Set to Make a Change

16 January 2014

A new London 2012 legacy project is inviting young people to pledge their time to change their communities for the better. Teacher John Doherty explains.


Religious education – the fight-back begins

14 November 2013

One of the main casualties of education policy, including the EBacc, has been RE. But now the subject’s supporters have hit back, carrying out an 18-month review and producing a new curriculum framework to raise the status of RE. Teacher Kate Christopher



The Amnesty Teacher Programme

26 September 2013

Amnesty International has launched a brand new CPD programme designed to help teachers inspire their students and enliven their lessons by engaging with citizenship education and human rights. Ciara McGuane explains.


The ripples of history

12 September 2013

A poignant trip to Lithuania to investigate the impact of the Holocaust caused Chris Hirst to reflect on how we can approach this horrifying subject with year 7 pupils.


Bucking the languages trend

13 June 2013

In the midst of a decline in foreign language learning in Scotland, some schools are inspiring young people to buck the trend. Sam Phipps finds out how.


Resources to help teachers focus on finance

16 May 2013

Campaigners are celebrating after the inclusion of financial education in the draft national curriculum for England. Tracey Bleakley looks at what schools will need to deliver and what support and resources are out there to help.


Reigniting their love of MFL

21 March 2013

A new initiative is encouraging schools to combine language teaching with the teaching of other key subjects. Suzi Bewell takes a look at the immersion approach to MFL.


Motivating students to engage with language learning

28 February 2013

With languages no longer compulsory at key stage 4, showing students the relevance of languages and inspiring them to want to take their learning further is key. Karine Kleywegt looks at her school’s approach.


Innovative secondary language projects

8 November 2012

The European Language Label recognises innovation in the teaching of languages across the continent. This year, seven UK secondary projects were among the winners. Imke Djouadj and Eva Oliver take a look.


The history of protest songs

4 October 2012

The latest Amnesty resource and activity for schools focuses on the history of protest songs and challenges students to create their own. Naomi Westland explains.

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