Chartered Teacher Programme

About the HA's Chartered Teacher of History Programme (CTHist)

The Chartered Teacher of History scheme follows the successful Chartered Teacher schemes already available in English, Geography, Mathematics and Science. The status of Chartered Teacher confers a distinction on its holder in recognition of a high level of general expertise in terms of both age-appropriate historical knowledge and pedagogy as well as indicating a commitment to the continuing development of these. It follows the same rigorous standards of other successful Chartered Teacher schemes. 

Chartered Teacher of History (CTHist) status is designed to ensure that teachers who choose to remain within the classroom have their contributions and expertise recognised, and provides assurance for senior leaders that history staff are committed to their continued development.

  • What are the aims?

    • - To recognise the excellence of individual teachers of history
    • - To celebrate the importance of history teaching
    • - To promote the development of leadership in history education
  • Who can apply?

    • Chartered Teacher of History is open to anyone who can demonstrate ongoing involvement in the teaching of history and/or education of those teaching history at any level and context.* (from early years to further and continuing education – where applicants can demonstrate they meet the criteria). Application is open to all those involved in history teaching, not just school-based applicants, e.g.  museum/heritage educators can also apply.
    *for those teaching on higher education history degree courses please contact the Royal Historical Society.
  • What does it cost?

    Registration for the programme is £120 including VAT and you must be a member of the HA. There will also be a £20 yearly admin fee to continue your CTHist designation which will be added to your Membership renewal.

  • What are the requirements for CTHist?

    • - Current individual membership of the Historical Association
    • - A first degree in history or a degree where history is a significant component OR if the first degree is in a subject other than history, evidence of substantial development of expertise in history
    • - Evidence of continuing postgraduate involvement with the subject. This does not mean that you need a postgraduate qualification; simply that you are continuing to work and engage with the subject at a high standard.  
    • - Minimum of four years’ teaching experience in a relevant education context (pro-rata for part-time)
    • - Evidence of significant involvement in age-appropriate history-specific CPD and in collaborating with others in developing the teaching and learning of history.
  • What is the application process?

    • - Application form with copies of relevant certificates
    • - Summary CV of no more than two sides of A4
    • - Self-Evaluation Statement (see module for details) & cross-referenced portfolio of evidence
    • - One supporting statement from a third party verifying the Self-Evaluation Statement
    • - All applicants must accept the terms and conditions
    • - Payment, a one-off administrative fee of £100 plus an annual fee of £20 over membership

    See The Chartered Teacher process: Applications 

    Guidance notes

    • - Online application process through My HA with folder of evidence
    • - Individuals with Chartered Teacher of History may hold the award for three years before reapplying with evidence of continuing professional development
    • - Self-Evaluation Statement: no more than 1000 words outlining how you fit the criteria – please refer to the guidance in this module on professional knowledge and understanding and professional practice. The Self-Evaluation Statement should be accompanied by a list of supporting evidence of activities demonstrating the applicant’s continuing professional engagement and development. Where appropriate, a single piece of evidence can be used to support more than one claim. Applicants are asked to submit a sample of six pieces of evidence with their application. More may be requested for clarification.
  • What professional knowledge and understanding do you need to demonstrate?

    Applicants will provide evidence of an extensive knowledge and understanding of history and the teaching of history at an age appropriate level including:

    • - How the applicant has kept up to date with history as a subject discipline and its development
    • - How the applicant has kept up to date with the subject pedagogy and the history curriculum as appropriate to their teaching.
  • What professional practice do you need to demonstrate?

    Applicants will provide evidence of the application of their subject knowledge and pedagogy to their skills as a teacher in their work with learners –in classroom and/or in out-of-classroom settings. Applicants will provide evidence that they have worked collaboratively in the sharing of good practice, understanding of the subject and the professional development of colleagues.

Please consult this module for further guidance on making your application and the kinds of evidence you might include. 

Applicants must make an ongoing commitment to CPD and engagement with their subject community. Chartered Teachers of History will need to renew their Charter designation every three years.

Register here for the CTHist programme.

Your registration may take up to five working days to process. Following registration you will receive notification of your participation and your file upload facility will appear in your MyHA space when you log in to your HA account. 

If you have any queries please email

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