Primary Subject Leader Area

Welcome to the HA primary history subject leaders’ area! This area is available exclusively to HA corporate primary members. In this section you will find a collection of guidance pieces created by experienced subject leaders and expert primary educators, sharing their own recommendations for key areas you need to consider as a history subject leader. This gathered intelligence is based on their wealth of experiences and best practice from different contexts.

Each piece contains exemplars and/or further supportive links and, rather than being prescriptive, the idea is that these resources will provide some pointers for you to consider within the context of your own school. If you'd like to take your development of the curriculum and as a leader further you might also like to consider our Chartered Teacher scheme. Read more

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  • Resourcing sources

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    As a subject leader, are you often asked to provide historical objects and other documentary sources to support your colleagues with the teaching of history, but don’t know where to start looking? Well – read on! Teachers need to give children experience of handling a range of sources of information....

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  • The Bigger Picture: The Wider World

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    Perhaps the most important part of the History National Curriculum is the very first paragraph – the Purpose of Study Statement. A crucial part of this section is the very first sentence: ‘A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that...

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  • Primary History Articles for the School History Subject Leader

    Multipage Article

    The Historical Association has been producing its specialist primary journal Primary History since 1992. In that time there have been three editions per year and since 2017 an additional annual digital summer resource. In 1992 a National Curriculum for history had recently emerged as had the Ofsted inspection process. Since...

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  • Developing local history in your primary curriculum

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    Field trips as a class may be problematic for the immediate future, but this doesn't mean that you can’t still plan for a local history enquiry even during periods of local lockdown. On the contrary, if the enquiry is localised then the children should still be able to access local amenities...

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  • Raising the profile of history in your school

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    All too often, primary schools allow English and mathematics to steal the limelight, unwittingly pushing other subjects to one side. Now is the time to steal some of the limelight back. Whether you are a new subject leader or you have been leading the subject for years, you have a...

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  • Planning and reviewing primary history

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    While many aspects of the teaching of history will be covered in general school policies, e.g. assessment, much will also depend on the subject leader helping colleagues to teach history in a coherent and efficient way. The content of history is infinite and some guidance will be needed on how...

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  • Writing a History Policy

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    In this piece Bev explains why it’s important for history subject leaders to develop a whole school policy for history, key pieces of information you may want to include, and the need to review the policy on a periodic basis. It also includes two exemplars policies for you to review...

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  • EYFS: What does good curriculum provision look like?

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    In this joint piece, Helen and Rob explore the EYFS Development Matters framework and its relevance to developing children’s understanding of the past. Helen suggests some key resources and approaches which work well in EYFS as well as some key questions to frame discussions with early years staff. Rob shares...

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  • The Bigger Picture: Curriculum Overview

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    In this piece Stuart looks at the ‘bigger picture’ of curriculum overview and how, through careful curriculum mapping and the exploration of key trends, topics can be structured to fit together within a wider chronological narrative. He provides practical approaches and examples, as well as discussing historical concepts that occur in...

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  • Leading History in an Independent School

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    In this piece Stuart explores some of the key considerations when leading history in an independent school, including the potential benefits and drawbacks of forging links with other schools, how you can use history to enrich the curriculum in the school, improving the level of CPD in your school, and...

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  • Primary History Summer Resource 2019: Diversity

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    This year's free summer resource for primary members is designed to help primary subject leaders and teachers consider the implications of developing a school policy for teaching of diversity in history. This comprehensive guide provides timely advice and considers questions associated with teaching diversity and provides a rationale for its essential role in providing an...

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  • Ofsted: primary guidance 2019

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    As we approach the introduction of the new Ofsted framework, it seems timely that we offer schools, subject leaders and teachers some guidance on how to approach the coming changes.  The call for a broad and balanced curriculum is given renewed emphasis in the new framework, but beyond that, curricula...

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