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Interpretation in Secondary History



Ben Walsh, author and teacher trainer, gives some expert advice on ways to introduce and develop interpretation skills into secondary history teaching.

Walsh joins Esther Arnott, a second year teacher from Lampton School in London, to take a step-by-step look at how to incorporate interpretations into her Year 7 lessons on Henry II and Becket.

They start by getting pupils to explore the idea of reputations and then develop the lesson around film sources and authorship, with a view to understanding why Henry II has the negative reputation that he has today.

Walsh believes that this is just the start of a long process and that interpretation needs to be embedded into lessons and schemes of work.

Published : Feb 2007

15 mins


Hard To Teach


Secondary Teacher


Secondary History


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