Historical insights: Year 13 engage and inspire fellow Year 12 Historians

February 20, 2024

Haberdashers’ Monmouth Sixth Form (Year 13) Historians passed on their knowledge and advice to Year 12 students at a special Agincourt Society meeting, discussing their independent historical investigations and what this work has taught them.

Sixth Form Historians complete an impressive NEA (non-examined assessment) over the course of several months on a historical topic of their choosing.

Dylan presented his project on Athenian Society during the 5th century BC and described how he was inspired by a trip to Greece. He advised the Year 12 students to state their argument clearly and recommended reading widely.

William and Leo both tackled the fall of the Roman Empire. Leo discussed the importance of finding sources early-on in the investigation whilst William remarked that the Barbarian invasions were a key factor in the fall of the Roman Empire and advised Year 12 to seek sources that have a strong viewpoint to indicate historical debate.

Jean focused her NEA on China’s rise to power with her personal interest in China inspiring her work.

Republican Party economic policies was Tom’s choice and he advised the Year 12s to choose a topic they already have questions about.

Harry and Jake both chose to focus their NEA on the causes of the American Civil War and discussed their findings and opinions.

Elspeth presented on the role of women in the Indian struggle for independence from 1857- 1947, citing some key figures with accompanying photographs to captivate the audience.

Izzy, inspired by the schools Japanese Exchange trip, focused her NEA on Japanese imperialism, and spoke about the impact of the geography of Japan on the success of their expansion.

Ollie W engaged the audience describing how he was inspired by a Netflix show to research more about Viking dominance. He said: “find sources to balance your argument and keep chipping away”.

Ollie L and Sam both spoke about US foreign policy in Latin America and although they had similar project titles, they reached different conclusions. They suggested being disciplined in picking information and arguments.

Sam examined the significance of 1066 in English history. He commented that the Internet Archive is a fantastic resource, particularly as the whole Doomsday Book is available there.

Finally, Guy focused his NEA on the rise of the Islamic State, sharing his ambitions to study International Relations at University and join the army.

The opportunity for Year 13 students to speak confidently and offer their insight and advice to the Year 12s in this way provided valuable role-modelling and was an engaging and insightful way for like-minded historians to network and learn from one another.