As the new term begins, we are very excited to announce the appointment of our new Head of History, Ben Fuller.
Ben started his career in education working with students in Sheffield with Special Educational Needs and those at risk of falling out of education before qualifying as a history teacher and spending over a decade in the classroom in Sheffield and London. Ben is also a specialist in Holocaust Education: he has an MA in Holocaust Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London and for two years worked at the Holocaust Educational Trust developing national programmes for site-based and online learning as well as delivering teacher training and consultancy to organisations inside and outside the mainstream education sector. Ben has additionally worked with educational publishers to produce core textbooks and taught MA Education students at St. Mary’s University, London.
Ben’s role will be to work with schools and experts to develop our pedagogy and suite of resources on contemporary British history, training teachers, providing advice to schools and delivering sessions with students.
Commenting on Ben’s appointment, Learn About Britain founder Joe Hayman said:
“Ben is a passionate educator whose career has spanned the state school system, higher education, and at national level working with educational charities, publishers and providers. I know from having worked with him at the Holocaust Educational Trust that he believes strongly in research and evidence-based practice, historical rigour, critical thinking, humanisation, personal story, and representation of all as foundations of good history education. I am absolutely delighted Ben is joining the Learn About Britain team.”
Learn About Britain Co-chairs Aneeta Prem MBE and Sir Peter Riddell said:
“Having got to know Ben through the highly competitive interview process at Learn About Britain, we know he believes in the importance of teaching and learning about challenging histories in order to better understand our place in the world today. It is also clear just how passionate he is about developing resources and empowering educators to be able to meet the challenges of teaching ‘difficult’ areas of our past and supporting young people to be active citizens and to live a good life. We are really pleased he is joining the team to work with us towards a more united and cohesive society”.