This article encourages us to reconsider the stereotype, and to do so on the basis of evidence. This is a very engaging way of teaching history. Teachers often ask pupils to research the evidence and challenge stereotypical views of events such as the Battle of the Somme at KS3 or 4, or the effectiveness of wartime propaganda at KS2, 3 or 4, or the experiences of a 19th-century emigrant at KS3 or A-level. Fresh from this challenging approach, pupils could apply the same skills to a topic such as refugees and asylum seekers. This is a golden opportunity for history to contribute to, and indeed enhance, a course in citizenship.

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