CPD Guides

The HA offers a number of static online CPD guides that can be accessed by members at any time and worked through at your own pace. If you are a new teacher, returning teacher or a subject coordinator looking at supporting and developing history in your school, why not try our static CPD guides that provide classic support to help you develop subject knowledge and expertise.  

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  • Assessment in Primary History - Guidance

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    Whilst a number of schools have had well-considered assessment procedures for primary history, these represented a minority.  With the new national curriculum, the old level descriptions have been replaced by a single sentence attainment target which states that "by the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know,...

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  • The Vikings - Primary E-CPD

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    The purpose of this unit is to provide for teachers' subject knowledge on the Vikings. This reflects a need for up-to-date and scholarly historical knowledge, but this also demonstrates that it is essential to see the Vikings as having diversified experiences and impacts over time in a variety of geographical contexts...

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  • T.E.A.C.H Online

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    T.E.A.C.H. Online is a resource that follows on from the Historical Association's T.E.A.C.H. Report published in 2007 with support from DCSF. It offers further expert advice, case studies, materials and classroom resources for teachers of history on teaching emotive and controversial history from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 5. N.B....

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  • Local History through Drama (Bursary Project)

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    A Campaign Project For Primary Schools Focusing On The Women Chain Makers Strike Of 1910.  The Historical Association was left a legacy by Joan Lewin which became the Joan Lewin Education Bursary Fund. Each year, applicants apply for grants for education projects surrounding aspects of teaching and learning, resources, or...

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  • Trinity School Museum Project (Bursary Project)

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    The Historical Association was left a legacy by Joan Lewin which became the Joan Lewin Education Bursary Fund. Each year, applicants apply for grants for education projects surrounding aspects of teaching and learning, resources, or education research. In 2012, Siobhan Dickens carried out a project with students to create and...

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  • Time and Place; Using a Local Historical Site with Key Stage 2 and 3

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    English Heritage and the Historical Association have teamed up to provide this great new CPD guide to getting the most out of local historical sites with your classes. This easy to follow unit provides the basis for an entire unit of local study using the built heritage around you. Examples...

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  • Studying The Tudors: Britain and the wider world in Tudor times

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    The following unit gives some ideas to teachers on how to:a) improve subject knowledge;b) find useful contemporary sources (from Tudor times);c) link sources with the curriculum and with appropriate activities.

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  • Citizenship and History

    Multipage Article

    Welcome to this on-line self supported self-study UNIT on History and Citizenship Education. While the UNIT is designed for supported self-study we hope that you will work with a school mentor, and if available, a university tutor [Expert Learning Fellow or ELF].  This Citizenship and History Education UNIT introduces History/Citizenship Education...

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  • Inclusion

    Multipage Article

    Teachers face many challenges in tackling the issue of inclusive history teaching. Many teachers may not have formally studied History for many years, and modes of history teaching they experienced might be outdated. However such are the imperatives to teach history in an inclusive way (in response to the increasing...

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  • Storytelling

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    N.B. This unit was produced before the new curriculum and therefore while much of the advice is still useful, there may be some out of date references or links. Why story telling is important in primary history  Story is the most wonderful way of engaging children with history. At the heart of...

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  • Teaching and learning through personal, family and local history

    Multipage Article

    This unit is concerned with the way that primary age pupils can make use of their own personal, family and local history to make sense of the world in which they live.   Such areas have always been seen as more directly to the children's experience but they can still present...

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  • Progression in historical learning

    Multipage Article

    This unit is concerned with the way that children's learning takes place in history.  Without understanding the progression, it becomes impossible to plan effective teaching and learning and to assess progression in a pupil's historical competence.N.B. This unit was produced before the new curriculum and therefore while much of the...

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  • Leading and managing primary history

    Multipage Article

    Primary history does not just happen.  It needs to be planned for, resourced, delivered and monitored.  Most schools ask a colleague to act as co-ordinator or subject leader for history.  In reality, most teachers will be required to take on some form of subject leadership role and many of those...

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  • Chronology

    Multipage Article

    Learning about the complex concept of chronology is often considered very challenging for young children, yet this understanding underpins children's developing sense of period, as well as key concepts such as change and causation. It is a challenging concept to teach because of its abstract nature and children's many misconceptions...

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  • History in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

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    Much has been written about the benefits of teaching history in the primary school.  A sense of history provides identity. Understanding history improves our decision-making and judgment. History shows us models of good and responsible citizenship and ways in which to recognize change and societal development. However, for the youngest...

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  • New Initiatives Affecting Primary History

    Multipage Article

    This unit is concerned with some of the most recent initiatives and how the knowledge management aspect might best be addressed.  It recognises that change in the children's agenda is constant.   N.B. This unit was produced before the new curriculum and therefore while much of the advice is still useful,...

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  • Victorian Britain and the Victorian World

    Multipage Article

    This E-CPD unit has a number of possible focuses within the broader topic of Victorian Britain and the wider Victorian world.  This follows a pattern that is strong within the structures of the School History Project.  Each sub-topic needs to mirror what is best in history education at primary level, including...

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