Primary Teacher Fellowship Programme: Local history

Teacher Fellowship Programme 2020-21

Local history: untold stories of the people of Britain

In light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we have made the difficult decision to postpone this Teacher Fellowship programme until next spring. The residential will now take place in summer 2021 with the rest of the programme to follow in the summer term. Given the circumstances and rescheduling of the programme, we have also extended the application deadline to Monday 2 November to allow teachers more time to apply.

We are pleased to announce a fully funded programme for primary teachers focused on developing the teaching of local history, in partnership with the British Association for Local History.

At the heart of the programme is the concept of integrating local history into the classroom through the stories of the people and places which make the history of your school's community exciting and unique. Through the lens of local history this fellowship will explore a variety of time periods and a range of sources and approaches including the built environment, local museum collections, archival documents and digital resources.

Participants will work with historians, archivists and primary education specialists to explore the myriad ways in which local history can be incorporated into their teaching practice. The course will be led by Bev Forrest, Chair of the Historical Association’s primary committee and an experienced primary history teacher and trainer.

What does the programme involve?

With an emphasis on sustained professional development, the HA Teacher Fellowship Programme aims to bring teachers up to date with the latest historical research and how to apply this in their teaching.

The course structure is split into four stages:

  1. A three-day residential in late April 2021
  2. An online course lasting 6-8 weeks in the summer term
  3. A one-day workshop to explore and agree course outcomes
  4. Development of a resource on teaching local history in the primary classroom

The residential will include visits to archives, local history fieldwork and the opportunity to share ideas with colleagues including historians and secondary history teachers.

The fellowship will provide the opportunity for teachers to carry out their own research into an aspect of local history and create original learning resources to be published on the HA and BALH websites which will support the teaching of local history in the classroom.  Participants will be awarded a Historical Association Teacher Fellowship on the successful creation of a resource for the benefit of other teachers.

How do I apply?

British Association for Local HistoryThe programme is open to all UK teachers with a minimum of three years’ experience of teaching history. There are 6 places available on the programme for primary teachers, with 12 places overall.

To apply, simply complete the application form below and return along with the supporting information specified by Monday 2 November 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Maheema Chanrai on 0300 100 0223 or at