Magdalen hosts Oxford History Teachers Network

6th August 2019


Magdalen recently hosted an Oxford History Teachers Network event for secondary state school history teachers.

The free Continuing Professional Development day was organised in collaboration with The Oxford Education Deanery and the Oxford Historical Association (HA). The aim of the event was to give teachers new ways to engage their students, and to provide them with information on how to guide students through an Oxbridge application.

The theme of the conference was ‘Revolution’ and began with an introductory lecture by Professor Joanna Innes from Somerville College, previously a co-editor of the journal Past and Present.

Professor Mark Philp from the University of Warwick then discussed using digital resources in the classroom, and educational consultant Katie Hall and Chelsey David, a HA Teacher Fellow, gave a workshop on teaching ideas.

‘The day broadened my scope of looking at revolutions in the widest, global sense,” one teacher commented. “Moreover, it was really interesting to discuss with other teachers how to introduce historical scholarship into the classroom.”

Later in the day Magdalen’s librarian Daryl Green gave teachers an opportunity to take a hands-on approach with some of our early modern archives on the history of medicine. The session gave a taster of the type of events that Daryl and Magdalen’s Outreach Team run with groups of pupils during school visits.

Teachers also had the chance to speak to Magdalen History Fellow Professor Siân Pooley and current Magdalen undergraduates about the course and the application process.

Jason Todd from Oxford’s Department of Education, and the lead organiser of the day, said, ‘My favourite moment was hearing from a year 10 student based at Wheatley Park School. This student won the Historical Association Great Debate regional final, and he came back to Magdalen to speak to the teachers. Hearing Ryan related powerfully to the theme of access, and how we can enable students like Ryan to pursue his intellectual interests and desires.”

These collaborations form part of our broader series of outreach events. For more details, get in contact with our Outreach Team.