Blowing your own trumpet Giving your school’s history department a high profile The Plot Declining numbers and … Front of House Who to? • Grade 9 Pupils • Their Parents • School Management The History Evening The Main Stage • The classroom environment Backstage Selling History to the Grade 9s using presentations and videos What research tells us: • Career relevance is key, but learners are not particularly attracted by jobs like working in a museum so be careful. • History role models are a good idea. People who have been very successful in a variety of fields who studied history to an advanced level. Other issues to highlight • The importance of history skills across a wide range of applications and especially for any type of study at a university should be stressed. • The role of History in forming an informed citizen with a strong sense of context. What can the society do? • Need to keep agitating for improvements to the matric History papers. • Become a conduit for History best practice • The Big challenge - A new promotional DVD.