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

    Although there are now hundreds of training providers and different courses from which to choose, an awareness of some basic distinctions can help enormously in deciding what type of programme you want to follow, and clarifying your options. One essential distinction is between fee-paying programmes, on which you are effectively...

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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 - coming soon

    Multipage Article

    Beginning teachers learn over time. They also learn in different ways and at different paces. The context in which a beginning teacher is learning to teach, as well as their own disposition, attitude and abilities will shape their journey to becoming an established professional. This section is concerned with how...

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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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