HNC has recently welcomed Year 10 students from Honley High School to College for a special History workshop focusing on modern American history – a topic closely linked to the GCSE curriculum – to develop their wider knowledge of the topic and inspire their post-16 plans.

During the interactive workshop led by one of HNC’s History experts, Emily Briggs, the group explored the American civil rights movement. Working in groups, students were tasked with discussing who had more of an impact on civil rights between 1920 and 1970 – and whether it was the Presidents or civil rights campaigners of the time who were the driving forces behind the movement. In the session, the group discovered more about Franklin D. Roosevelt and the policies implemented by his administration to try and solve the great depression facing America, and how these policies were influenced by A. Philip Randolph, a black Labour Unionist and prominent civil rights campaigner. Later in the session the group looked at the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson era of American politics and how Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr influenced movements across America in the same period.

At the end of the session, the group were invited to share their opinions on who had the bigger impact, which led to an interesting and respectful debate, followed by an informative Q&A session. During the visit to College, the group were also invited to tour HNC’s campus, explore the contemporary facilities and find out more about our application and enrolment process.

Emily Briggs, Faculty Lead Enlighten, comments “It was lovely to welcome such a brilliant and enthusiastic group of young historians to HNC. Modern American History is an absolutely fascinating period in the USA’s history, and it was clear that the group had a genuine understanding of the topic. The group worked hard to stretch their knowledge of this important subject and I hope that this enlightening session has inspired the group to think about taking history as part of their post-16 journey. I look forward to welcoming them back to HNC for our Year 10 open event in July!”.

We offer a range of bespoke support to schools, from subject specific workshops to general College information sessions. If you would like your school to take part in a similar project, please contact us at for further information.

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