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John Blake

John Blake

Federation History Consultant and Lead Practitioner: History Course Lead

When will you see John?

As a History trainee teacher, John will be at each specialist History training day and as a visiting observer in some of your lessons. John provides advice and support on History to all schools within the Harris Federation, with a particular focus on developing effective assessment and intervention practices, so you may also be working with John through your school History department.


John has taught History in diverse schools in Newham, Camden and Essex. He has been a head of subject, department and faculty as well as an Assistant Head. He also writes on History and education for a range of publications, including the Times Educational Supplement. John has a particular interest in developing the teaching of History as an academic discipline to all students and ensuring effective literacy teaching in History.

Training Experience

John is an experienced coach and mentor for beginning and established teachers of History. He also holds a Masters from the University of Cambridge in history education, with a particular focus on the application of historical subject knowledge to the classroom.


The past is never dead. It's not even past.
William Faulkner

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