Available Courses

The most effective professional development happens over a period of time, over several sessions and allows time for implementation and time for reflection about the thinking and ideas that it has stimulated. There are many different approaches to professional development. At the Historical Association we are continuing to develop flexible professional development opportunities to suit all budgets, needs and timescales. In this section you'll find details of all our available opportunities. This area will be regularly updated as new CPD opportunities become available, so don't forget to keep it bookmarked. 

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  • Webinar series: Diversity in the primary history curriculum

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    We are pleased to announce a new series of webinars aimed at teachers working in primary schools. This series will consider the following questions: What is diversity? Why has it proved to be controversial? How can we respond to this? Why is it so important in developing children's understanding of...

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  • Your Primary CPD calendar Spring 2021

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    We know that it's not easy for teachers to get out of school or to afford  good quality subject CPD under normal circumstances. At present we find ourselves in an unprecedented situation and most face-to-face teacher CPD has been cancelled or postponed. We know how essential your CPD is to...

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  • HA Webinar: Weaving an Irish dimension into the primary history curriculum

    7th July 2021

    This webinar will consider the significance of an Irish dimension within the context of diversity. This dimension has typically been neglected which raises issues with respect to challenging an Anglo-centric perception of the past, our notion of 'these islands', alongside themes such as migration. The session will include suggestions as...

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  • HA Webinar: Weaving South Asian history into the primary curriculum

    28th June 2021

    This practical webinar will show how to give greater prominence to British South Asian history in the primary curriculum, extending coverage beyond Black History Month. Examples will be given from across the key stages including significant individuals such as Noor Inyat Khan and Sophia Duleep Singh,the contrast between the England...

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  • HA Webinar: Teaching diversity at EYFS/KS1 within the history curriculum

    16th June 2021

    In this webinar, part of our series on diversity in the primary history curriculum, Helen Crawford will share ideas about how to approach teaching diversity at EYFS and Key Stage 1.

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  • HA Webinar: Weaving African history into the primary curriculum

    8th June 2021

    This practical webinar will show how to give greater prominence to African history in the primary curriculum, extending coverage beyond Black History Month. Examples will be given from NC units on Ancient Egypt (particularly the so-called black pharaohs of Nubia), Ancient Benin, the impact of the Muslim conquest of North...

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  • HA Webinar: Weaving black British history into the primary curriculum

    19th May 2021

    This practical webinar will show how to give greater prominence to black British history in the primary curriculum, extending coverage beyond Black History Month. Examples will be given from across the key stages including significant individuals such as Olaudah Equiano and Mary Seacole, the presence of black people in Roman...

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  • Online course: The new Ofsted framework: supporting quality history and geography

    25th March 2021

    The Geographical Association and Historical Association are pleased to be working together to offer a one-day course supporting primary subject leaders in reviewing the quality of their curricula in light of the new Ofsted framework. The course will begin by giving some background into the development of the framework and...

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  • Online course: Geography and History - Together stronger, but separate...?

    19th March 2021

    Run in conjunction with the Royal Geographical Society, this participatory course will support you in planning primary History and Geography in ways that strengthen links between the subjects and amplify learning. Taking examples of enquiry-led topics from both key stages 1 and 2, from the UK and the wider world,...

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  • HA Webinar: Women in the primary history curriculum

    17th March 2021

    In this webinar, Karin Doull will look at women's lives and how they can be represented in the primary history curriculum.

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  • Online course: An introduction to mastering primary history

    8th March 2021

    This two-part online 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...

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  • Primary Geography and History Teachmeet

    2nd March 2021

    In this online session, we will be asking primary teachers to share their ideas and innovation in geography and history teaching with the teacher community. Teachmeets are a great way to find out what fellow teachers are doing in the classroom and beyond and a great way to mingle with...

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  • HA Webinar: Teaching migration histories at Key Stage 2

    25th February 2021

    This webinar will explore a range of ways in which primary students can learn about the history of migration to Britain since 1066 using material from his book, ‘Journeys’ and the Scheme of Work that he wrote for Primary History magazine. It will also look at the groundbreaking Colonial Countryside...

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  • HA Webinar: LGBT+ in primary history: teaching with confidence

    9th February 2021

    This session will provide context relating to LGBT+ issues in education and the importance of inclusion when teaching history. It will suggest planning for age-appropriate LGBT+ inclusive history teaching and learning, through study of a significant individual in KS1, and how this could be revisited/developed at Key Stage 2. It...

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  • Online course: Practical approaches to teaching primary history

    5th February 2021

    In this two-part online course, discover what makes quality teaching of history by exploring how to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum through practical creative methods which can be adopted and adapted for different age groups or themes, whilst ensuring progression and challenge for all. Chris Trevor will look at...

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  • HA Webinar: Creating 'Big Picture history' for Years 3 to 6

    28th January 2021

    Perhaps the most important part of the History National Curriculum is the very first paragraph – the Purpose of Study Statement. We think if our pupils can do everything listed in that paragraph then they will have had a superb history education. We believe the most important part of the...

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  • HA Webinar: What is diversity within the history curriculum?

    27th January 2021

    This series will cover the big picture of diversity in primary history from EYFS to Key Stage 2 and how we might develop the diversity of our primary history curricula. Following an overview, individual webinars will delve into different aspects of diversity to examine how they might be woven in...

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  • Webinar: What did the earliest civilisations all have in common?

    25th January 2021

    Ever wondered how to teach 'the achievements of the earliest civilisations – an overview of where and when the first civilisations appeared' before you cover the depth study of either Ancient Sumer, the Indus Valley, Ancient Egypt or the Shang Dynasty of Ancient China? In this webinar, Chris Trevor will...

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  • HA Webinar: What is the legacy of the Tudors?

    21st January 2021

    Understand what motivated the extraordinary King Henry the Eighth to marry six times, triggering the Reformation and other great changes, consider the diversity of Tudor England through the example of Henry the Eighth‘s black trumpeter John Blanke, see how the achievements of Queen Elizabeth the First compare with those of...

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  • Primary subject knowledge webinars

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    We are pleased to announce a new series of subject knowledge webinars aimed specifically at teachers of primary history. This series, presented by Alf Wilkinson and Andrew Wrenn, aims to develop primary teachers' subject knowledge covering all topics on the National Curriculum. Each practical, enquiry-led webinar will survey the academic subject knowledge of a...

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