Reflections on the first West London Free School History Conference


Saturday 25th February the history department at West London Free School hosted its first national history teaching conference. 176 tickets were sold in advance of the day which clearly illustrates the demand for affordable, subject specific and academically rigorous CPD. Delegates were treated to a lecture from Christine Counsell of Inspiration Trust where Christine’s stirring call for knowledge based history teaching made the point that without secure substantive knowledge ‘the odds are stacked against the poor’ (see Christine’s Power Point here). Christine’s speech sparked the conference into life, especially on Twitter, where the conference hashtag, #WLFSHistory, burst into a hive of activity.

Delegates then hurried off, coffees in hand, to a range of workshops from experts from the history teaching community. Jim Carroll, a PHD student and history teacher at the Faculty of Education Cambridge, argued for greater sophistication when modelling answers for pupils by using academic scholarship…

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