Writing the BPP History PGCE 

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Despite having worked with the world-leading Cambridge History PGCE for a decade, and despite having spent the last eight years writing a doctoral thesis about the published discourse of the history education community, I nevertheless found it quite a daunting task to be asked to write the History module for the new BPP PGCE. One of the challenges is practical: at present, the course is a PGCE ‘top-up’ that can be offered by SCITTs, meaning that the module had to be sufficiently flexible to fit around different approaches to training offered by different providers. The greater challenge, however, was working out how to condense the complex field of history education into a module that would ensure the trainees finished the course ready to enter in the rich professional community that history teachers enjoy.

My starting point in writing the module was therefore to ensure that the history of history education…

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