Continuing your professional development as an early career history teacher

Guidance for secondary school teachers

This document is designed for history teachers in years 2-4 of their career. Whilst teachers with more experience will find inspiration here, its primary purpose is to nurture subject-specific career development immediately after the intense NQT year. Working with these ideas will help prepare an early career teacher for academic leadership roles and/or an application for HA Chartered Teacher of History status in the 5th year of teaching.

This document will provide inspiration for mentors working with early career teachers, but can equally be used in a self-led way in order to help an early career teacher to build on their classroom practice. We recommend discussion of these ideas with the department in school.

There are six possible strands that can be addressed in any order, or with a mix and match approach. Please note that examples and tips are provided to be helpful and are certainly not exhaustive.