Catherine Priggs - No More ‘Doing’ Diversity: Using Student Input to Reform Curricular Thinking About Content Choice

About the Session

This session will provide an overview of a project conducted by the history department at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School. A group of Year 8 students were taken off timetable for a day to reflect on the way in which they were exposed to a diverse past across their history curriculum. This led to a curriculum review and re-write. The session will outline the tradition of addressing diversity in English secondary schools and will provide recommendations for curriculum reform.

An article on this project has been published in the latest edition of the journal Teaching History.

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About Catherine

Catherine is an Assistant Headteacher and Director of Teaching School at an 11-18 school in Buckinghamshire. She has worked at a range of schools and has experience of Senior Leadership. She has led on: Teaching and Learning, Professional Development, Appraisal, and Research; she has also been Professional Tutor in two schools. She is an SLE, and is actively involved in school-to-school support.

Catherine trained as a history teacher. She has spoken at a variety of history conferences, and regularly presents for Hodder Education, for whom she has co-authored and edited a textbook. She is a Team Leader and exam paper author for a leading awarding body. She mentored for the University of Cambridge history PGCE, and ran the history programme for a SCITT in Bedfordshire.

Catherine works on a flexible basis after recently returning to work from maternity leave. She spoke about supporting colleagues returning from parental leave at a #WomenEd Lead Meet.

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