Teaching the Age of Revolutions (1755-1848)

Teacher Fellowship Programme

By Melanie Jones

Working with the broader Waterloo200 education legacy plan the Historical Association is pleased to announce an ambitious new three-year education programme that will focus on teacher subject knowledge and subject pedagogy to help embed the teaching of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century history in UK schools.

At the heart of the programme beginning in early 2018 will be a fully-funded intensive Teacher Fellowship Programme to help 20 teachers from the secondary sector become champions for Teaching the Age of Revolutions.

The education programme will also include our Great Debate and Historical Fiction competitions and a teacher conference to mark the anniversary of Peterloo in 2019, plus a free journal Teaching the Age of Revolutions to all schools in the country.


As part of the programme we have recorded a series of podcasts aimed at A-level students which can be accessed below. These are all free to access and contain interviews with academic historians with links to exam specifications and guidance for teachers. The first podcasts to be released represent two historians' interpretations of the Navy during this period, with further topics to follow throughout the year.

An open access scheme of work aimed at Key Stage Three is also coming soon - watch this space!

Teacher Fellowship Programme

The Teacher Fellowship Programme is a subject knowledge-driven professional development course, designed to bring teachers up to date with the latest historical research and how to apply this in their teaching. There will be two secondary strands with 10 participants each: one with a Key Stage Three focus led by Katie Hall, and one with an A-level focus led by Ben Walsh. The programme will involve:

  1. A four-day residential in Belgium from 8-11 February 2018
  2. An eight-week online course
  3. A one-day workshop to explore and agree course outcomes in July 2018

The residential will include a visit to the battlefield at Waterloo, trips to local museums and workshops led by academic historians. The online course will involve discussion of teaching issues and looking at sources for the period, and will require 3-4 hours’ work per week. Participants will be assessed based on the production of a resource for use by other teachers.

Applications for the Teacher Fellowship Programme are now closed. Watch this space for more resources!