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Teaching resources and student notes on the history curriculum. Regularly updated and featuring knowledge rich histories of curriculum related areas alongside stories from the past that are intriguing. History related news and reviews can be found in the regularly updated blog. This site is maintained by Dan Moorhouse. Submissions to the site are welcomed from colleagues or students.

Schools History Education Resources

The site contains narrative history based largely on the contents of GCSE specifications in the United Kingdom. Alongside this content is a range of teachers’ resources. Students can access our revision guides, notes and activities for 1-9 GCSE History. Resources and narrative sections are being added to all the time, so please check back or like us on facebook to get daily history news and resources.

GCSE History Student Guide – The British Empire

Latest Resources

Women of the Wars of the Roses. An introduction for A-Level students.

Wars of the Roses: Primary and Secondary Sources. A list of sources for use in schools or for academic study.

Pharaoh Party Games – an excellent, free, resource for Key Stage 2 pupils. This activity, submitted by Glenn Carter, is designed to give your class an understanding of Egyptian Culture and the types of food and entertainment that were used by Pharaohs in ceremonies.

Primary History resources are now available. These include free resources and premium ones. Topics covered are the First World War, Ancient Greeks, Ancient Egyptians and historical skills.

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Teaching Resources on the British Empire

These providers come highly recommended by colleagues or ourselves. These are not sponsored links, they are here due to the contribution that they make to the history curriculum.

History Workshops – focussed on Primary Education, this provider brings history to life through engaging, fun and highly memorable workshops. The workshops are based in your own school, involve an array of costumes and replicas and are ideal for re-enforcing your classes understanding of key learning issues.

Primary History CPD – 21st May, Manchester. Run by Leigh Brothwell and Glenn Carter, this course provides a range of ways in which you can ensure progression across the years and is jam-packed with ideas for classroom use. Feedback from previous runs of this training are incredibly positive. For examples of some of Glenn’s ideas, see our Primary History section.

Latest Content

The First Battle of Newbury

Jack Cade’s Rebellion of 1450. Why did the people of Kent rise in rebellion in 1450?

Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester. Detailed biography

Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick. Detailed biography

Richard of York (3rd Duke of York) 1411-1460 Detailed biography

A Discussion with Simon Schama about the construction of historical documentaries

Author Interview with Alex Marchant

Author Interview with Jeri Westerson

Henry VI and the problems caused by his Catatonic State – quick read – who should rule in Henry’s place? An at a glance guide to the people who jostled for power as the King became incapacitated.

Battle in a Blizzard? This article explores the impact of the weather on Medieval Warfare, with particular reference to the Blizzard conditions faced by the armies at the Battle of Towton.

The Anarchy: A detailed Knowledge guide on the conflict between King Stephen and Empress Matilda. Aimed at A-Level teachers and students.

Surviving an attainder. The unusual story of Robert Bolling who was attained after the Battle of Towton, then later pardoned, by King Edward IV.

Our latest additions are new materials for the First World War section. Some pages have been rewritten, others are entirely new.

First World War

Causes of the First World War – Timeline of Causes – Forgotten Causes – Assassination of Franz Ferdinand – The Schlieffen Plan

Outbreak of War (Public reaction in Britain) – The British Expeditionary Force in 1914

Trench Warfare – Simulation: Would you make a good officer in the trenches? – British contribution to the Western Front

Battles of the First World War – First Battle of the Marne – The Gallipoli Campaign – Battle of Verdun – Battle of Jutland – Brusilov Offensive – Battle of the Somme – Battle of Passchendaele – The Spring Offensive – Battle of Amiens – Victory on the Western Front?

The Home Front – Revision exercise – Changing role of Women – Propaganda – Censorship – Conscientious Objectors – Rationing and Recruitment

Personalities – Douglas Haig and the Somme – Charles Gass – Billy Bishop – Ludendorff – The Bradford Pals

Technology and New Weapons – British Tanks – Machine Guns

Medicine in the First World War


Other recent additions include these articles:

British Submarine Fleet in the Second World War

Operation Outbreak – lesser known campaign of the Second World War. This is an article that will be expanded upon as it is based on ongoing research. It makes extensive use of digital archive materials as the basis of the article.

RMS Lancastria – Britain’s largest maritime loss of life. The story of the Lancastria being sunk in 1940 was heavily censored at the time.

The Holocaust, an introduction

Updated: Margaret of Anjou. Includes an essay on her role in increasing tensions of the early 1450’s. Useful for A Level History.

Essay: Assessment of the extent to which the reputation of Richard III differed regionally


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Teaching Ideas

Accessing knowledge rich materials for your classroom without using your budget. 5 outstanding resources that are full of ideas and accurate information for classroom use.

Differentiation in the History Classroom. A range of ideas and links to social media discussions that develop them.

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History Teachers Resources. A growing number of worksheets, active learning exercises and classroom resources.

Normans. 1066 and all that. Covering the events of the year of three kings and looking at the impact of Norman rule on England. Now extended to look at the Church in Norman England.

The Plantagenets Despite wars, plagues and rebellions the Plantagenet family ruled for longer than any other dynasty.

Wars of the Roses the rival houses of York and Lancaster split the Plantagenet family apart in this feud for the crown.

Tudors. Perhaps the best known dynasty to have ruled England, here we look at the key events and personalities of the Tudor era.

Elizabethan England. Written for the 1-9 GCSE course, this unit provides support for pupils and teachers in preparation for exams.

Industrial Revolution. With links to lessons about the Victorians this section proves to be our most popular. Sections include inventions, life in Industrial towns, conditions for children, the transport revolution and much more.

The British Empire. The largest empire the world has yet seen. Covering areas included in the OCR GCSE unit. This unit on empire explores the economic and social consequences of Empire at home and in the colonies.

First World War. The causes, course and personalities of the First World War. Includes an interactive timeline. Recent additions to this unit cover a range of the most significant battles fought in the war. These can be used to assess the changes in the nature of warfare. Tactical and technological changes during the war are also covered, through looking at the development of tanks and the stories of fighter aces such as Charles Gass and Billy Bishop.

Hitler’s Germany. A large number of articles and biographies about Hitler, the rise of the Nazi Party and life in Germany under Nazi rule.

Russian History. Covering the events of the Russian Revolutions to the fall of the Soviet Union this unit covers all of the key points for students studying the topic at GCSE.

Medicine Through Time. Last on our list of suggestions is this enthralling topic. From prehistory to the modern day humans have battled with diseases and mystery illnesses. Here we look at these in the context of time periods and as themes in development.

Teachers' Resources for KS3, GCSE and A-Level History
Depiction of the Armada at the Battle of Gravelines

History Teachers’ Resources

Resources on this site are being developed to fully support teaching at all levels. Our Primary History section is growing, with resources and articles available here. Narrative history continues to be added that is knowledge rich. These cater for Key Stage 3 and the 1-9 GCSE criteria. Historiography is an area being developed for A Level students. Teaching resources are being created to develop historical understanding whilst not just teaching to the test.

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Forthcoming Materials

As well as covering things from the National Curriculum and GCSE specifications we will continue to write material on other areas of historical interest. In the pipeline are biographies of English Monarchs and a series of interesting historical facts. Areas that are of personal interest to our writers will also be added here and at our History of Medicine and Weimar and Nazi Germany websites.


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