An introduction to mastering primary history

CPD for early career teachers


Please note that under the current circumstances, all upcoming face-to-face dates for this course have been postponed until 2021. All rescheduled dates are provisional and subject to review. For more information see HA statement on coronavirus.

In light of this, we will be trialling an online version of this course in the autumn term, to take place over two afternoons on Zoom.

Part 1: Monday 19 October, 1.30pm–4.00pm
Part 2: Tuesday 3 November, 1.30pm–4.00pm

Please note that places for the online course are limited and we recommend booking as soon as possible to secure your place.

Book for the online course (Eventbrite)

About this course

Course leaders: Bev Forrest and Stuart Tiffany

Price: HA members £150 plus VAT/fees, non-members £200 plus VAT/fees

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This course for early career primary teachers will develop your understanding of effective history teaching. The course has a strong practical focus with approaches based on recent research and a regard to national initiatives including the new Ofsted education inspection framework. Every delegate will come away with a range of ideas that can be implemented easily and to have an impact in every history curriculum. They will develop confidence to be able to go straight back into the classroom and teach effective, engaging history lessons.

The course is delivered by Bev Forrest and Stuart Tiffany, both history specialists with an in-depth knowledge of current classroom experience in a wide range of settings across the primary age range. They are passionate about igniting a love of history among both teachers and pupils. They believe history can be taught in a fun and exciting way while supporting pupils in achieving depth and mastery within the subject.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at newly- and recently-qualified primary teachers (NQTs and RQTs) and anyone wishing to gain greater confidence in teaching history at primary level.

Course content

This course will enable you to:

  • Know how to navigate the curriculum effectively
  • Plan units of work that are knowledge-rich and show progress
  • Understand how to give a pertinent overview and how to teach aspects in depth
  • Maximise the potential of your local environment
  • Have a secure understanding of the skills and concepts of history
  • Make purposeful cross-curricular links
  • Be aware of a bank of locations to find the best resources that work

Delegates will receive practical and teacher-friendly guides to take back to school from every step of the course, a carefully-selected bank of resources that work and the opportunity to get advice geared towards their school and context.