Award for his­tory teach­ernews who cre­ated bat­tle­field tour


Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By POST RE­PORTER

ALEX Hughes, his­tory teacher at the Na­tional Church of Eng­land Academy is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing a pres­ti­gious ac­co­lade to be­come a Spe­cial­ist Leader in World War One ed­u­ca­tion, be­com­ing one of only 15 peo­ple na­tion­ally to hold this award.

Mr Hughes, who works within the busy hu­man­i­ties fac­ulty at the Huck­nall-based academy – part of the Di­verse Academies Learn­ing Part­ner­ship – said: “In the sum­mer on 2015 I was ac­cepted to en­ter a pro­gramme run by Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don (UCL) to work to­wards this award.

“Over the last three years I have had to com­plete a num­ber of projects to de­mon­strate in­no­va­tion in my teach­ing of WWI, not only in the class­room but also whilst on cur­ricu­lum trips to the bat­tle­fields.

As a re­sult, I have worked on de­vel­op­ing a bat­tle­field tour that fo­cuses on how the Great War af­fected the peo­ple of Not­ting­ham and have de­vel­oped a se­ries of les­sons about the role of the USA in the con­flict.

“Fur­ther to this, I have also as­sisted on other bat­tle­field tours in­clud­ing de­sign­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to be used by stu­dents from six dif­fer­ent coun­tries in the

cel­e­bra­tions of the 100th an­niver­sary of the bat­tle of Amiens.” Last month Mr Hughes was fully ac­cred­ited by the pro­gramme and UCL and was in­vited to the Tower of Lon­don to of­fi­cially re­ceive his award. Mr Hughes added: “I hope to con­tinue to de­velop and help oth­ers to un­der­stand such a sig­nif­i­cant part of our coun­try’s his­tory.”

Ms Jackie Heath, act­ing prin­ci­pal at Na­tional Church of Eng­land Academy, said: “All of our staff and gov­er­nors at the academy are very proud of Mr Hughes’ achieve­ment. “We are hon­oured to have such a spe­cial­ist ed­u­ca­tor work­ing with our stu­dents on this im­por­tant sub­ject mat­ter – be­ing one of only a few ex­perts in this field of ed­u­ca­tion is a real coup, know­ing our stu­dents can learn about World War One from a gen­uine sub­ject ex­pert.

“This su­perb ac­co­lade demon­strates his knowl­edge and pas­sion for his sub­ject, and we are de­lighted to be able to share this suc­cess.” Stu­dents from the academy visit the Bat­tle­fields each year to put their class­room learn­ing into con­text, sup­port­ing their un­der­stand­ing of the sub­ject mat­ter and see­ing an im­por­tant piece of his­tory at first hand.

We are hon­oured to have such a spe­cial­ist ed­u­ca­tor work­ing with our stu­dents on this im­por­tant sub­ject Jackie Heath

Alex Hughes (right) re­ceives his award from Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don at the Tower of Lon­don.

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