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Teaching History in Primary and/or Secondary School

1994 …2020

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Paul teaches History Education to BA and PGCE/MA students and has also supervised and examined Phd students.

He  studied Economic History for his first degree at the University of Leeds. He attained an upper second class degree and went on to study an MA in History and a PGCE at the University of Birmingham. He has taught in five schools prior to his current position. He was also seconded for two years to lecture PGCE students at Birmingham University from 1991-93.. He came to the University of Northampton in 1997 as a Senior Lecturer /Curriculum Leader for in History Education. In 2008 he was awarded a PhD in Education from Birmingham University which examined the significance of an Irish Dimension in the English History Curriculum. Articles based on his thesis have been published in the following journals –History of Education and Educational Review. He passed the PhD Supervision Module from the University of Northampton in 2009, together with Teacher fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2017.Paul has experience as an external examiner at three universities including the role as chief examiner. He Is currently an external history education examiner for the PGDipEd course at the University of Birmingham. Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association in 2016.

Paul’s main area of research interest is teaching diversity in history. He has publications related to teaching diversity in history, together with articles specifically related to teaching Irish and Black History dimensions.  He is also interested in other aspects of history education such children’s learning outside the classroom. He has supervised  three PhDs and is currently Director of Studies for one student. He has examined three PhDs and one Ed.Doc. He also supervises year undergraduate history education dissertations. In addition to writing in academic journals he regularly contributes to the teacher journal publication  Primary History and has edited editions published in Autumn 2015 and Spring 2018. He has also produced teacher resources including Schemes of Work for the Historical Association website and provided conference workshops for teachers.

He has been secretary for  Midlands History Forum since 1992 which organises annual  conferences for teachers and he is a member of the Historical Association Primary Committee and Editorial Panel. He is also a member of the teacher panel for Northampton Museum. He has contributed to a range of organisations including  membership of the DfE/TDA initiated History Expert Group.(2013-15), a committee member of History Teacher Educator Network (2001-12)Ireland in Schools(1999-2009);Northamptonshire Black History Project Association (1998-2012); Historical Association Curriculum Review Working Party(July 2011): First World War in the Classroom Steering Group Member (Feb.2013 – October 2013). He also regularly reviews textbooks and journals , particularly   Education 3-13 and has also undertaken reviews  Paedagogica and Journal of Educational Policy.

Education/Academic qualification

University of Birmingham

1 Jan 200110 Jan 2008

Award Date: 15 Sep 2008

University of Birmingham

30 Sep 197515 Oct 1976

Award Date: 15 Dec 1976

Bachelor, University of Leeds

4 Oct 197115 Aug 1974

Award Date: 15 Mar 1974

External positions

External Examiner for PGDipEd(QTS) History, University of Birmingham, 2017-21

10 Oct 201731 Aug 2021

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Research Output

Migration to Britain through time

Bracey, P. & Darius, J., 20 Jun 2020, In : Primary History. 85, p. 46-52 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

  • One of my favourite history places. The Italian History Chapel in Orkney

    Bracey, P., 20 Mar 2020, Primary History, 84, p. 36-39 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Specialist PublicationMagazine

  • Open Access
  • Diversity:guidance for history subject leaders and teachers

    Bracey, P. & Doull, K., 15 Jul 2019, In : Primary History. Summer resource, p. 1-17 17 p., Special Summer resource.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalComment/Debate

  • The Blitz: All we need to know about World War 2? Relating an event to a Bigger Picture of the Past

    Bracey, P., 10 Mar 2019, In : Primary History. 81, p. 26-32 7 p., 81.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

  • Teaching diversity in the history classroom

    Bracey, P., Darius, J. & Gove-Humphries, A., 16 Feb 2017, Debates in History Teaching. Davies, I. (ed.). 2nd ed. London: Routledge, p. 202-212 11 p. (Debates in subject teaching).

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

  • Why is diversity so important? How can we approach it?

    Gove-Humphries, A., Bracey, P. & Jackson, D., 1 Mar 2017, In : Primary History. 75

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

  • Activities

    • 4 Workshop
    • 2 Organising a conference or workshop
    • 2 Oral presentation

    Big Pictures, Many Stories

    Paul Bracey (Speaker) & Helen Crawford (Speaker)

    24 Apr 2019

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsWorkshopTeaching

    Historical Association Annual Conference, Plaz Hotel, Chester

    Paul Bracey (Participant) & Helen Crawford (Participant)

    17 May 201918 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopOrganising a conference or workshopTeaching

    Should we call Grace O'Malley a pirate?

    Helen Crawford (Author), Paul Bracey (Author) & Alison Gove-Humphries (Author)

    6 Dec 2019

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsWorkshopTeaching

    Historical Association Annual Conference

    Helen Crawford (Participant) & Paul Bracey (Participant)

    18 May 201819 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopOrganising a conference or workshopResearch


    The riches of Benin.

    Paul Bracey (Speaker)

    30 Jan 2016

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsWorkshopTeaching

    Going beyond the topic: making links and connections at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

    Paul Bracey (Speaker) & Helen Crawford (Speaker)

    21 May 2016

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch


    Enhancing cross-curricular Primary ITT teaching in an outdoor context though the use of group blogs

    Helen Caldwell (Author), Paul Bracey (Author), Emma Whewell (Author) & Rebecca Heaton (Author)

    13 May 2015

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Press / Media

    Primary History 78: Out now

    Paul Edward Bracey


    1 item of Media coverage