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I've been teaching history in English secondary schools since 1970. I am now a Deputy Headteacher in Northamptonshire. My main areas of interest are Lenin and the Bolsheviks 1903-1924; the Soviet Education System; and the USSR under Brezhnev. The first of these areas is my current A2 teaching commitment. The second and third are more personal interests since I visited the USSR a number of times from the 1960s to the 1980s. My BA is in History, my MA in Comparative Education – hence the Soviet Education System. I have quite a number of slide photographs of Moscow and Leningrad from these visits with two highlights: a large collection of photos of Soviet classrooms in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s and a small one of the state funeral of Mikhail Suslov, the chief ideologue of the 1970s. Hope the above helps to explain my interests.
A very enjoyable and stimulating debate so far. I'm looking forward to Sean's final paper. And one "moment of truth" from an A2 student in the middle of a lesson about eighteen months ago: "Sir, I don't mean to be rude but... you might think that Lenin and the Bolsheviks are really exciting but what I want is a Grade C. Can you just tell me how to get that?" And yes, I did. And yes, she is now a happy physiotherapy undergraduate.
Hi, my name is Ian Macsporran. I've been teaching history in English secondary schools since 1970. I am now a Deputy Headteacher in Northamptonshire. My teaching interests include Lenin & the Bolsheviks (for A2 level), Mussolini & Italy (for AS level), and the Modern World with an emphasis on the United States (for GCSE). My history interests outside teaching include the History of Art, in particular the Pre-Raphaelites, and William Morris. My responsibilities as a Deputy Head include the school's finances and its day-to-day administration. I am also an Ofsted inspector, qualified to inspect both History and ICT (and both from 11 to 18).