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Teaching GCSE History: Crime and Punishment 


Outstanding lessons on this increasingly popular SHP option all have clear learning objectives and full resources.   You will also find shorter, thought provoking 'smart tasks'.  Not only are local sources put to good effect, there is also a wide range of imaginative approaches reflecting different learning styles. So if you want to test hypotheses about transportation, have a fun kinaesthetic lesson on highwaymen or an Ian Dawson-inspired overview then you’ll find plenty to stimulate your interest. 

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Teaching Crime and Punishment

Great resource for teaching Victorian crime and punishment is available at It shows how to use a searchable database of over 4,000 records on inmates at a Scottish jail in the period 1820-1888.  All the groundwork has been done so why not read the report above and see if it could be used alongside other databases about transportation etc.

I am sure you all know of the excellent websites out there to help you, but I would particularly recommend the Durham University Library, The British Library, and the National Archives . The Learning Curve section of the National Archives site is probably well-known to you all, but if you are new to teaching a Crime and Punishment course then you need to know that the resources here are really worth a visit. As you can see from the graphic in the image gallery to the right, by clicking on the link, the materials are organised around 3 themes (crime, prevention, and punishment) and four periods (pre-1450, 1450-1750, 1750-1900, and the 20th century). I particularly like the way that key questions have been used to give the choice of documents and related questions a real coherence.

The companion site to Dan Moorhouse's Medicine through Time is this new site on Crime and Punishment.  This site is being developed to provide links to the best teaching and revision materials available for the SHP study of Crime and Punishment through time. Initially this will consist of linking to materials elsewhere, with regular updates and additions. In time it is planned to develop pupil guides to the key elements of the course and interactive materials to support teaching and learning.

If you would like to preview sample activities and resources from these lessons, then email us and we will forward some draft material prior to formal publication here.

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Why did the age of the highwayman rise and fall?


200 year old plaque on county bridge now in Devon. Anyone damaging it was to be transported.

Excellent National Archives Learning Curve site



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