Policy Papers


Should we abandon external exams for sixteen-year-olds? Strategic considerations from the 1940s

Andrew Watts reviews a 1940s attempt to abolish public external exams (like today's GSCEs and A-levels) and move to an internal examination model within schools. Especially in the light of events over the summer of 2020, is it time to revisit this debate?

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Foodbank Histories: solidarity and mutual aid in the past and the present

Policy makers can derive important lessons from this oral history of mutual aid, formal and informal, gathered at Newcastle West End Foodbank by Alison Atkinson-Phillips and colleagues.

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Opinion Articles


Fixing loneliness – a pre-pandemic problem

Loneliness is discussed as a key effect of the pandemic, but David Vincent points out that the problem pre-dates Covid-19 and there is little evidence yet that the crisis has made things worse

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STEM subjects and the ‘market’ in education since the 1960s

Governments since the 1960s have tried to steer students towards the 'correct' educational choices to meet perceived national needs. Should they not just wait out the current trends?, asks Peter Mandler.

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H&P historians: the Blitz spirit and coping with Covid

The H&P roundtable organised by Dr Henry Irving (Leeds Beckett) to explore possible WW2 lessons for the Covid response appears in an On London analysis piece

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Historians call for a review of the Home Office Citizenship and Settlement Test

H&P committee members are among the signatories to the letter which cites "demonstrably false" historical material in the handbook to the test

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It’s time to talk: voluntary action, the state and welfare provision

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Voluntary action has always contributed to social welfare - how can this rich history inform our response to and recovery from Covid-19?

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H&P is working in partnership with the Prime Minister's Office and the National Archives to help revitalise the history content of the new History of Government Blog website.

H&P commissions and edits the No. 10 Guest Historian series, written by expert historians from the H&P network, as well as creating lively new biographies of previous Prime Ministers.

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We are the only project in the UK providing access to an international network of more than 500 historians with a broad range of expertise. H&P offers a range of resources for historians, policy makers and journalists.

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