The Faculty of History is proud to announce that the 'Resources for Schools' Project, led by Professor Miles Larmer has won the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Award for Promoting Equality and Diversity in learning and teaching.
Resources for Schools Project
The Faculty of History has sought to diversify its curriculum and engage with nonwestern and global history, recognising their centrality to British history and to the interests and experiences of Oxford’s increasingly diverse undergraduate student intake.
When a new GCSE option, ‘Migration, Empire and the Peoples’, was launched, Professor Miles Larmer recognised an opportunity to extend the Faculty’s work to schools. He organised a workshop for interested Oxford researchers and school teachers in May 2017, and the group worked together to develop a new set of resources to be used in a classroom setting. The teachers explained to the academics how they deliver complex historical concepts, methods and debates to 15 and 16 year olds, while the academics contributed their research expertise. In the first seven months the resulting website has received 1,750 visits and resources have been downloaded 916 times.
The project has provided an opportunity to share the Faculty’s research outside traditional circles, particularly in state schools that have sent very few or no students to Oxford. It is hoped that the project will encourage undergraduate applications from students who have taken the new course, and demonstrate the Faculty’s commitment to engage with this area of history teaching.