Beginning teacher

Welcome to the beginning teacher section of the HA website. It has been designed to support:
- Anyone thinking of becoming a history teacher
- Those who are in their training year
- Colleagues in their first three years of teaching history
- Colleagues who are working with beginning secondary history teachers.

Initial teacher education (ITE) routes into history teaching vary. Some beginning history secondary teachers train via a university and school partnership route, while others’ training is fully centred in schools. Whatever the route into history teaching, learning to teach the subject – history – is vitally important. Read more

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  • Thinking of teaching?

    Multipage Article

    Initial Teacher Training Market Review Consultation On 5 July 2021 the government launched a consultation into proposals for reform of initial teacher training in England following a market review. Find out more and have your say here Routes into teaching Although there are now hundreds of training providers and different...

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  • Structuring learning for beginning teachers

    Multipage Article

    This section focuses on the topic of structuring learning for beginning history teachers. That is, organising training so that beginning teachers can make good progress in their professional development. Within the section, there is advice and guidance about working with adult learners (as opposed to children) and about building a...

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  • Teaching for beginners

    Multipage Article

    This section is divided into three sub-sections: 2.1 What is history in schools?2.2 Historical knowledge2.3 History classroom practice An introduction to the discipline of history in schools is covered in ‘What is history in schools?’ Beginning teachers need to learn and think about the nature and purposes of history in the school classroom...

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  • Beginning teachers’ professional learning

    Multipage Article

    In this section you will find ideas, resources and activities to support the professional learning of colleagues: At the very beginning of learning to be a history teacher As they gain more direct classroom experience in their first year In the second and third years of their teaching career in...

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  • Supporting resources

    Information

    A wealth of resources exist on the rest of the HA website and on the HA Secondary Committee’s blog onebighistorydepartment (OBHD) to help teachers and to support better history teaching. In addition, many books and articles have been published that are easily available to school history teachers. On this page you...

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