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Jim McGonigle was Principal Teacher at Hermitage Academy for twenty seven years. He is a past president of the Scottish Association of Teachers of History (SATH), and a marker and setter for the SQA in Advanced Higher History. He was also commissioned to provide teaching materials and assessment items for the SQA.  He has also delivered in-service lectures to PGDE students at the University of Strathclyde.  He has written and edited several books on various themes to support the teaching of History from S1 to S6 in Scottish schools.


CfE – History and Interdisciplinary Learning
Wednesday 26th October 2011 - COURSE CANCELLED

Building the Curriculum 3 states:

“Effective interdisciplinary learning · Can take the form of individual one-off projects or longer courses of study · Is planned around clear purposes · Is based upon experiences and outcomes drawn from different curricular areas or subjects within them · Ensures progression in skills and in knowledge and understanding · Can provide opportunities for mixed stage (ability) learning which is interest based”.

This course aims to explore the potential for interdisciplinary learning across subjects for S1-S3 pupils. It is designed to support staff who are at the early stages of interdisciplinary working and to consider what is required in developing effective approaches to planning, delivery and assessment. Participants may wish to bring materials from a current unit of study being undertaken in their school and which they would wish to use as a basis for initial collaborative working with other departments/agencies.

Staff should bring a memory stick with them to take away copies of materials used/developed over the duration of the day.

Teaching Higher History
Date coming soon

This is a one-day overview of the Higher History course, suitable for teachers who are new to teaching this course as well as teachers seeking new ideas and insight into the SQA system. During the day, the following areas will be addressed: tackling essay writing in Paper 1, approaches to Paper 2, the use of ICT to support the course and support available from LTScotland as well as commercial agencies. Staff may wish to bring with them copies of their current courses, outlines and teaching approaches as well as the 2011 SQA Higher paper. Staff may wish to bring a memory stick to take away copies of materials developed.

Preparing Candidates for Advanced Higher History
Date coming soon

This one-day course is aimed at both teachers new to the teaching of Advanced Higher History and experienced teachers whose aim is to improve the performance of their candidates at this level. During the course of the day the following areas will be covered: · The structure of the exam · Part A of the SQA exam - essay writing · Part B of the SQA exam - source analysis · The dissertation · Resources and help · SQA quality assurance procedures There will also be opportunities for discussion and reflection.