Our first CPD events were ‘inspiring and thought provoking’


CPD Session

The first round of face-to-face CPD events have been a great success. Making the most of high profile venues, expert keynote speakers and IOE subject specialists we have delivered five regional events. We are now setting dates for future events. Find out how you too can be ‘inspired’...

During the summer term we have run five very successful regional face-to-face CPD sessions for teachers on the subject of ‘Teaching the First World War’. These sessions have been created and delivered by our national education co-ordinators to support the teaching the First World War both in and outside of the classroom.

The CPD sessions are designed to encourage teachers to reflect on what, and how they teach the First World War and how fieldwork visits to the battlefields can be used to deepen an understanding of the war. The first session introduces teachers to the programme and encourages them to reflect on the value of visits to the Battlefields. Tasks get teachers to evaluate the strengths and limitations of a variety of sites such as cemeteries, museums and battlefield sites. The follow-up session looks at what we teach on the topic of the First World War and supports teachers in creating new enquiry based approaches to teaching the First World War, encouraging them to move beyond traditional Western Front focussed approaches.

We also encourage the sharing of ideas and best practice through a number of ways, such as an open networking session but also through keynote speakers and guest presenters. This summer we were privileged to be joined by Prof Peter Doyle, Prof Gary Sheffield and Rob Thompson who through their keynote speeches presented new ways of looking at the First World War, either through the use of objects to tell stories, or by aiming to dispel some of the myths associated with the war. We are very grateful to the Western Front Association who sponsored our keynote speakers this summer. The events were also ably supported by sessions led by education teams from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Imperial War Museum who shared a range of the new and engaging resource which they are developing for the centenary.

We have also tried to host the events at venues which offer something different to the ‘usual dull conference rooms’. Through the support of the Imperial War Museum we hosted our London event aboard HMS Belfast; in Wolverhampton were hosted by the War studies Department at the University of Wolverhampton; in Manchester, used the People’s Museum, while in York spent the day the Air Museum. Each time, utilising the venue to inspire and enthuse teachers.

Teacher feedback on CPD events – Summer 2014

  •   “Excellent information and ideas. A brilliant course!”
  •   “Interesting and thought-provoking –I have lots of ideas to take back to school!”
  •   “Excellent session –gave me opportunity to explore new ideas/ways of engaging students.”
  •   “Really inspired me! Fantastic!”

We are already planning our autumn CPD events for the end of November. Take a look at the website for details and book your place.

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