Award for history teachernews who created battlefield tour
ALEX HONOURED FOR WORK TO TEACH PUPILS ABOUT THE FIRST WORLD WAR
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.