The panel of savvy judges consists of Russel Tarr (Active History, Class Tools, International School of Toulouse), Alison Peacock (Wroxham Teaching School & Educational Research Centre), Matthew Howorth (Twickenham Preparatory School) and Kevin himself. The winning entry will have their EPIC era made into a series of 60-second films. The winners will help write, direct and even star in the films, which will then be shared on the Squaducation’s 60 second histories’ platform, an online History resource for schools.
The organisation’s flipped learning-friendly shorts cover a wide range of eras and topics, starring Kevin and fellow actor Catherine Prout. Teachers are invited to choose films and view them in ‘Virtual Classrooms’, and can also share a unique classroom key code so that students can watch the videos at home as desired.
After a successful career in the police force and the British Army, where he earned both the British Empire Medal (BEM) and the Col in Chief’s Commendation for Gallantry, Kevin set up the History Squad. He has toured the country in his role as historical interpreter, providing entertainment, education and drama for audiences of all ages. For 20 years, Kevin has worked with teachers in schools across the UK to deliver History in a fun, fascinating and relevant way. Two years ago he launched 60 second histories, providing National Curriculum History support at Key Stages 1-3. Here, teachers can deliver chunks of History with film – ideal for lesson openers and for introducing, supporting and recapping topics in the classroom.
Pupils and schools have until midnight on Thursday 31st March to submit their entries, which can be sent via the My EPIC Era 2016 website.