Guide to history in schools

Information and guidance relating to the UK history curriculum and the HA's research on history in schools. Please note: this section is currently under development and we will be adding further resources and information soon. 

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  • School History FAQs


    These FAQs are designed to provide a starting point for people who are interested in what is taught in school history in England. Please note that education policy is devolved in the UK and so the situation differs in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These FAQs focus on state secondary...

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  • Historical Association Secondary Survey 2021

    22nd October 2021

    For the past 11 years we have been doing an annual survey into history teaching in secondary schools. This year our main focus was on the content of the history curriculum, examined with a particular focus on diversity. It looks particularly at diversity understood in terms of race and ethnicity,...

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  • Our commitment to diversity

    Multipage Article

    In summer 2020 the Historical Association in partnership with the The Royal Historical Society, The Institute of Historical Research, Runnymede Trust and Schools History Project established a steering group to review content and approaches in GCSE and A-Level History examination specifications and in the history curriculum generally. This was in response to...

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  • HA Secondary History Survey 2019

    21st April 2020

    Each year the HA carries out a survey into secondary schools to collect data on how history is taught and to uncover overall issues and concerns in education and teaching. The data is then analysed by teaching academics who are able to use the data from each survey to track...

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  • Survey into History in English Secondary Schools 2018

    14th March 2019

    For the past ten years, the Historical Association (HA) has worked with the University of Oxford and Reading University to carry out in-depth research on the state of history teaching in schools. These reports have informed decision-makers at the highest level, notably government, Ofsted and examination boards. The reports also...

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