Teachers to get advice over First World War projects from Horsforth history forum

Gas masks for soldier and horse during the First World War

Gas masks for soldier and horse during the First World War

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Teaching about the First World War in schools is to be discussed at a Northern History Forum in Horsforth.

As Britain prepares to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, Leeds Trinity University and the Historical Association are hosting the forum on Wednesday.

It aims to engage primary and secondary teachers in the debate about how the centenary should be marked in schools. It will also look at ways schools can take part in projects linking with their local community.

It will include workshops led by a range of experts representing universities, museums, galleries and national First World War projects.

There will also be an exhibition representing museums, including the Imperial War Museum North and the Royal Armouries at Leeds. The keynote speech will be delivered by Andrew Wrenn, a humanities curriculum advisor for Cambridgeshire. The Northern History Forum was set up in 2012 by Bev Forrest, Associate Principal Lecturer in Primary Education at Leeds Trinity.

Bev, a member of the Historical Association Primary Committee, said: “Teachers are feeling a little overwhelmed by the wide range of resources available to use when remembering the First World War with their pupils.

“This event is designed to guide them in how to use these resources in a meaningful context with pupils.

“I feel it is important to ensure all the work carried out during the commemoration leads to the First World War being a permanent feature of any future school curriculum.”

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