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Leeds Trinity University appoints new Director to lead the Schools History Project

Posted on 25 November 2019

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​​Leeds Trinity University has appointed a new Director of the Schools History Project (SHP) to oversee the organisation’s role in transforming history education and developing school curriculum. 

Matthew Stanford has been appointed as the SHP Director and will take up his new position in January 2020. He is currently the Head of History of Cottenham Village College in Cambridge, and has worked in education since 2004.   
Matthew will oversee the strategic direction of the SHP, as well as ensuring that it provides an independent source of ideas and experience for the teaching of history in schools.
Matthew said: “I am delighted and humbled to have been given the responsibility of leading one of the most important organisations in history education in the UK. I look forward to working closely with the Fellows and our partners to continue the Schools History Project’s work in supporting an excellent GCSE syllabus and providing the very best professional development in history education.”​

Based at Leeds Trinity University, the SHP was founded in 1972 and plays a crucial role in national curriculum development, working in partnership with OCR, to provide a GCSE history specification, and Hodder Education, to publish learning resources. The SHP also provides highly-regarded professional development for history teachers through its conferences, courses, and more than 640 published resources.
Matthew added: “I hope to take the organisation forward by promoting its activities to an even wider audience, to help more teachers provide young people with engaging and rigorous history lessons.”  
Professor John Leach, Director of the Institute of Childhood and Education at Leeds Trinity University, said: “Matthew’s appointment comes at an important and exciting time for schools and school history. The new Ofsted framework has placed a much greater emphasis on curriculum design and implementation.
“As someone who has already been so influential in the history subject community, Matthew brings a deep understanding of these issues, as well as a wealth of innovative ideas, grounded in successful classroom practice, to the Director role. We are excited to see how Matthew builds the project to take on the latest set of challenges facing history teachers in schools.”​

The SHP has represented a community of history teachers for the last 40 years who care deeply about the nature and quality of the history learned by children across the country. You can find out more about the SHP here.