If you are an ECT and you find yourself teaching topics you are unfamiliar with, don’t panic. Nobody’s history degree can cover everything. The HA is a good place to go.
Click below to find out Clare’s recommended resources for developing your subject and curriculum knowledge.
The Historical Association (HA) aims to make history accessible and available to all, so they provide resources, support and CPD for everyone from trainee teachers to heads of department.
The HA website is full of information, research and guidance, and is easy to navigate. In addition, the website provides access to their associate publications, including Primary History and Teaching History.
You can also find information about the HA Quality Mark, an award which recognises the excellent history provision of teachers, departments and schools.
Some resources are available for free, some can be accessed by registering for Free Basic Website Access. Everything is included if you register with the HA.
There is a wealth of resources to help teachers to develop and refine their subject knowledge for all areas of the history curriculum, plus advice and guidance on approaches to planning, the teaching of historical skills, and a whole host of other useful ideas.
I have used the HA to keep my subject knowledge up to date – ideas about the past are constantly revised and updated, so it’s important to keep up!
If you are an ECT and you find yourself teaching topics you are unfamiliar with, don’t panic. Nobody’s history degree can cover everything. The HA is a good place to go. They have Survive and Thrive guides to support new teachers in tackling their priorities, with practical advice and ideas to consider as you develop across your ECT years.
My favourite website! This site is full of free plans and resources for lessons which will engage your pupils and really get them thinking. It’s especially good for KS3, but everything is adaptable. My first port of call whenever I want to try something new.
Facing history is a thought-provoking organisation who seek to empower teachers to use history to challenge prejudice, bigotry and hate. Great CPD and incredible resources for teachers on the holocaust, genocide and civil rights.
Over 350 high-quality podcast talks by history experts across a wide range of historical periods, regions and themes. All podcasts are free to HA members and non-members can listen to the first track of each podcast for free.