CPD Guides

CPD comes in many different forms and through a variety of platforms. In this section you'll find our static online CPD units. These units are stand-alone, expert produced, units for HA members to work through and use at leisure. As a new teacher, you may find these units helpful to inform your planning and development. Subject leaders might like to use these units as the basis for subject meetings or training.

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  • Analytic and Discursive Writing at Key Stage 3

    Article

    Christine Counsell's core message is that, because analytical and discursive writing is seen as difficult, it is often considered impossible. Instead, those very difficulties should be the focus of continuous professional analysis by all history teachers. Counsell argues that only a thorough analysis of those difficulties will yield suitable creative...

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  • Chronology Project

    Multipage Article

    Please note: this resource pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content and links may be outdated What are we trying to achieve? This is an excellent example of a small-scale co-operative project between several schools, each addressing the issue of Chronology in a way that is particularly pertinent to...

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  • Dimensions of diversity - How do we improve our teaching of social complexity in history?

    Multipage Article

    This E-CPD unit has been devised to support teachers in developing their teaching of diversity within history programmes of study from Key Stage 3 to A level. Click on the introduction below to see three video clips in which the authors introduce the resource and set the context!

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  • Guidance Pack:¬†Building a Local Teacher Network

    Information

    We know that it is difficult for teachers to get to events too far from school. As a national charity, the HA recognises the importance and need to build strong regional networks for the history teaching community. Many of these are already existing or organically growing across the country at...

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  • Historical Interpretation: Why is it still such a major issue?

    Multipage Article

    This E-CPD unit was produced for the previous National Curriculum, when Interpretations in History were still relatively new. In the current National Curriculum, Interpretations are still central to the skills necessary for success. Perhaps more so, as it is now a separate assessment objective [AO4] at GCSE, starting in 2016,...

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  • Muslim Rescuers of the Holocaust CPD

    Multipage Article

    This CPD unit focuses on the experience of Muslim rescuers during the Holocaust and the Second World War. It was written by Andrew Wrenn, Cambridgeshire Humanities Advisor, to complement  another unit published earlier on this website called Muslim Tommies which dealt with the experience of Muslim soldiers fighting for Britain...

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  • Progression & Assessment without Levels - Guide

    Multipage Article

    In the 2014 national curriculum for primary and secondary history one of the key differences is that, for the first time since 1991, there are no level descriptions against which you can assess pupils' progress.  The new attainment target says simply that: ‘By the end of each key stage, pupils...

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  • Progression - more than 'could do better'?

    Multipage Article

    Some notion of progression underpins all teaching as well as curriculum, course design, work scheme construction lesson planning, evaluation and assessment.  But what do we mean by progression and how do we help our students achieve it? Does our assessment reflect progression? Do our reports to parents comment on progression? In this E-CPD...

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  • Studying History at University: Teacher's guide

    Multipage Article

    Every year hundreds of students, supported by their teachers and schools apply to study history at university. How do you make sure that you or your students stand out from the crowd and get the place they want? This helpful guide is written by Tony McConnell, Deputy Head of Merchant Taylors' Prep...

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  • T.E.A.C.H Online

    Multipage Article

    T.E.A.C.H. Online is a resource that follows on from the Historical Association's T.E.A.C.H. Report published in 2007 with support from DCSF. It offers further expert advice, case studies, materials and classroom resources for teachers of history on teaching emotive and controversial history from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 5. N.B....

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  • Teaching and learning - what we do best

    Multipage Article

    Please note: this resource pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content and links may be outdated. What is effective teaching and how do we tailor our lessons so that students learn best?  In this E-CPD resource, we are going to explore and address teaching and learning and consider ways in which...

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  • Time and Place; Using a Local Historical Site with Key Stage 2 and 3

    Multipage Article

    English Heritage and the Historical Association have teamed up to provide this great new CPD guide to getting the most out of local historical sites with your classes. This easy to follow unit provides the basis for an entire unit of local study using the built heritage around you. Examples...

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  • We Also Served: British Asian Veterans of WW2

    Multipage Article

    In search of the story of British Asian Veterans of World War Two.‘We also served' is a moving short film, which follows pupils from Beardwood and St Bede's high schools as they research why the contribution of these soldiers is not more widely recognised.

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