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Exciting opportunity for History teacher

 A history teacher at Stamford High School, Hannah Grant, has been selected to take part in the 2012 Transatlantic Teachers Programme, a prestigious opportunity to develop classroom resources through exclusive access to the National Archives.

The programme, run by the National Archives in partnership with the University of Virginia, offers a select group of British and American teachers a unique opportunity to collaborate in the development of classroom resources for teaching ‘Nations in Conflict: WWI and WWII,’ based on the collections of The National Archives in the UK and USA, and to further pursue this work through a study tour to continental Europe.

Andrew Payne, Head of Education and Outreach at the National Archives, said “The standard of applications was extremely high and competition for the ten places was very strong. We consider all of the successful applicants to be highly motivated teachers with an excellent understanding of the subject, who will be able to make the most of all the opportunities this course presents.”

The programme is funded by a grant from the American Embassy and involves: keynote lectures with leading British and American historians, a two-day seminar at the National Archives in London, a 12 week programme of working collaboratively online with British and American colleagues to develop classroom resources which culminates in a one week joint study tour to France and Belgium in July.

During the programme, the teachers will be introduced to current historical research, use original material to investigate a range of issues relating to WWI and WWII, and consider the educational implications of using primary sources in the classroom.

Hannah is delighted to be involved with the programme and is eager to get started. She said

“We are in the very early stages at the moment, having only met online briefly for a virtual classroom introductory session. I am looking forward to starting our collaborative work later next month before our study tour in the summer. It’s all very exciting and a real privilege to be involved.”

Stephen Roberts, Principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools, said “The Schools are committed to furthering the professional development of all our staff. I congratulate Hannah on her achievement, and look forward to seeing the benefits of her hard work in the History department and other parts of the curriculum.”