Teacher Fellowship Programme 2019: Britain and transatlantic slavery

Teacher Fellowship Programme

Transatlantic slavery remains one of the most widely taught topics in secondary schools' history curricula and poses challenges of principle and practice that require considerable reflection and critical rigour. This year’s second Teacher Fellowship Programme will explore the teaching of Britain's complex entanglement in transatlantic slavery and abolition, and of the legacies of that entanglement.

The programme will draw on a wealth of scholarship in the field, subject-pedagogical conceptual work by Justice to History, and new empirical research from the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project at University College London, to frame a set of principles to govern the teaching of Britain and to develop new approaches and resources for use in the classroom.

Working principles for the teaching of Britain and transatlantic slavery

Britain and transatlantic slavery is a potentially challenging and sensitive aspect of history, involving major issues of social justice and ethical dimensions of the past. A set of 14 Working Principles, available to download below, has been prepared to guide this programme of study and to form the basis of future work nationally. The course leaders would like the programme to be the opportunity for further thinking and considered application of these principles. By the end of the programme, they hope to present the revised set for wider use.

About the course

Participants will work with Dr Nick Draper from UCL and Dr Kate Donington from London South Bank University, who have both worked with the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project at UCL, and Abdul Mohamud and Dr Robin Whitburn from Justice to History, who are history educators and Fellows of the HA, to address two fundamental questions:

What challenges are involved in developing historical thinking and learning in secondary classrooms that consider transatlantic slavery from perspectives of race, capitalism, culture and justice?

How can we help students and teachers confront issues of exploitation, racism, terror, resistance and reform in both historical and contemporary contexts?

Fellows will explore a range of sources and interpretations that can be used to develop meaningful and engaging approaches to teaching about the circumstances, experiences, and consequences of African enslavement across the Atlantic.

This funded programme will start in April 2019 with a residential course hosted at the Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College in London followed by an eight-week online course. Final outcomes will be submitted in September 2019.

Am I eligible to apply?

The programme is open to all Secondary history teachers with a minimum of four years' teaching experience (including NQT year). There are 15 places available on the course. Applications are open to all who fit the eligibility criteria but please note that greater weight will be given to those from UK state funded schools.

Participants will need to be members of the Historical Association at the time of commencing the course. 

How are Teacher Fellows assessed?

Participants are assessed and awarded a Historical Association Teacher Fellowship on the successful creation of a resource for the benefit of other teachers. This could take the form of a workshop for other teachers beyond your immediate school, an article for Teaching History or an online resource.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is Friday 1 February 2019. For more information about the application process, please download the application form and guidance pack below.

If you have any questions, please contact the HA Education and Events Officer, Maheema Chanrai, at maheema.chanrai@history.org.uk or on 0300 100 0223.