My name is Glenn Carter and I run History Rocks - Creative Primary History!
I am currently a full time teacher and history coordinator in the North East of England. I am a member of the Historical Association's Primary Committee and I provide specialist primary history support for Education Durham.
I also provide CPD in person and online via Skype to help coordinators and staff to develop their abilities to deliver quality history lessons and planning.
As well as creating content and support for the above organisations, I have also worked with numerous educational companies to not only support them, but to bring history to the forefront of the curriculum, creating workshops, resources, blogs and providing subject knowledge to enhance their experiences.
History Rocks started as a few songs that I wrote for class assemblies. I would write the music and the lyrics and then post them onto the website. After starting the Facebook page, I began receiving a few requests to create custom songs. I added lyric videos to them and created the YouTube channel.
After delivering some CPD sessions nationally, I decided to build content for the website and provide as many useful (and FREE) resources for both teachers and coordinators as I could.
Hayley graduated from University of Leeds with a History degree back in 2014 before moving on to an internship at Leeds Discover Centre to work on the conservation of their fashion and textiles collection. Following her graduation, she attended London College of Fashion and completed their Fashion History course with lecturer, Amber Butchart. During her time at university, and the subsequent year, she also worked at a local museum and exhibition centre where she was given the opportunity to write articles for the local newspaper, lead educational visits and offer outreach projects to local schools and clubs. It was this role which really sparked her interest in teaching.
In 2015, she began working as a SEN Teaching Assistant before starting her teacher training with Teach First in 2016. She has now been teaching for four years and is currently a full-time teacher in a mixed year 3/4 class as well as History and Geography co-ordinator. Hayley is extremely lucky to work in the historical village of Haworth - home to the famous Bronte Sisters!
In her role as coordinator, she enjoys finding new and exciting ways to approach their school's curriculum and inspire a love of learning in their children. Hayley relishes the opportunity to share her ideas as part of the History Rocks team, finding it incredibly rewarding and she hopes you love using the resources as much as she does.
Michael is a primary school teacher in the North East of England who has been history lead at his school for a number of years. He is extremely lucky to work in Wallsend, known for its links to Hadrian’s wall, Segedunum and the Romans, but also the industrial heritage of the area (shipbuilding, mining and the famous Stephenson Rocket which his school is named after). Michael has taken it upon himself to learn about the finer points of leading history whilst aiming to create fun and engaging resources that children will enjoy. He has applied to do a Master’s degree in education next year and is likely to use his experience as history lead to support this.