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Schools and Transition Workshop

Enabling Effective Transition in History: Developing Guidance for Schools and HE

Friday 11th June 2010

NCVO, London

4 or 5 places remain for HE colleagues at this workshop to assess and develop guidance on the important issue of transition from school to HE study in history. If you have a particular interest or expertise that you would like to contribute to the discussions, please contact Lisa Lavender ( ) to enquire about a place. The few places left will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Some information about the event ...

Following the conference held in February 2009 on ‘History in Schools – Present and Future’, the History Subject Centre and Historical Association have been working together on a guidance document and workshop to progress the important issues of collaboration between schools and universities, and enhancing the transition process to HE.

We would like to invite you to a free workshop at the NCVO in London on Friday 11th June to join an equal mix of practitioners from schools and HEI’s in discussing the key issues of transition and how we can best support prospective students in their choice to study history at HE. In addition to brief focus talks from relevant experts, the day will largely comprise of group discussions to gain an understanding from delegates directly involved and interested, with a view to producing further guidance for the history community. A draft programme can be found below.

The guide on collaboration and experiences of transition: “History in Schools and Higher Education: enhancing the study of our subject and understanding the transition to HE” is now available in hard copy and to download at:

9.30 Tea & coffee available

Brief explanation of the format for the day and anticipated outcomes: Rebecca Sullivan (HA)

Focus talk: the key issues of transition and how we can best support prospective students in the choice to study history at HE : Sarah Richardson (History Subject Centre)

10.30 What does a good A level student look like? Sarah Richardson & Diana Laffin

Split into 5 mixed break-out groups (approx 8 per group), each with a facilitator

Groups to discuss points raised by the speaker(s) on the abilities we expect of a good student, will a good A level student automatically make a good HE student, and what is an A*

11.30 Coffee
11.45 Groups report back
12.15 Knowledge transition Arthur Chapman and Jackie Eales.
12.30 Groups to discuss the key points on breadth of knowledge at A level, learning styles in schools and HE.
1.15 LUNCH
2.00 Groups report back
2.30 Admissions. John Watts and Helen Johnson
2.45 Groups to discuss key issues of HE interviews, personal statements, additional guidance on looking at different universities and courses and the issue of applicant .v. place numbers.
3.30 Groups report back
4.00 Final discussion on what are the key findings of the day and how best to disseminate information to schools and HEIs. Sarah and Rebecca to draw together this final session
4.30 Finish