Lists and indices of sources of substantive and disciplinary knowledge

Many superb colleagues have grafted to make life easier for us all by creating lists and indices of many useful resources. This work on behalf of the community saves so much time and is so helpful to newer colleague less ‘au fait’ with the sources old hands use for subject knowledge and also ‘how to teach’ updating. This blogpost is updated regularly and is an attempt to put all these wonderful links together in one handy place. Please inform us of any other great intiatives we have missed and we will add them.


Historical Association regular features indices

Follow this link to find the regular features:

  • What’s the Wisdom On – a short guide to a particular aspect of history teaching, providing an overview of years of practice-based professional thinking.
  • New, Novice or Nervous? – to help teachers new to history to locate key articles written about essential aspects of teaching and learning.
  • Move Me On – the problem page for history mentors, offering practical help to anyone involved in training new history teachers.
  • Polychronicon – designed to help history teachers update their subject knowledge.
  • Cunning Plan – step-by-step plans for tackling particular teaching issues.
  • Triumphs Show – showcase for sharing teachers’ successes and inspirational ideas


HA podcasts

Don’t forget that HA members have access to a fantastic array of podcasts from historians. These are great for teacher (and student) knowledge and for getting a fast track to leading-edge research. At the time of typing there are 361! Whatever you are teaching, whatever interests you, have a look… you might find it here!


HA pamphlets

HA members have access to a over 100 years of HA pamphlets. These are super for subject knowledge updating and for use as historical interpretations, for students as well as teachers.


Other history podcasts

Huge thanks to @MrsProfaska for creating a wider list of history podcasts that are organised by subject matter.


Short clips of historians to use in class

There is currently lots of really good practice around the use of historians’ work in classrooms. Here is a Google-Doc that can be accessed, added to and improved, where short clips of historians talking about topics are organised by themes.

Google Doc list of short film clips of historians


History teacher subject knowledge

A reading list for busy history teachers, roughly sorted into teaching topics: Reading list with reviews!


Guided Bibliography for History Education

This bibliographical guide was put together in 2015 and is primarily designed to support students of history education, particularly those conducting research into history education for the purposes of postgraduate study. A great deal has been written about the teaching of history in recent years, both within the United Kingdom and internationally. This guide attempts to bring some structure to what has been written, categorising publications by broad areas  within the field. Thanks to @mfordhamhistory for this work. Bibliography for History Education

This bibliography stops in 2015, but here is a list of Teaching History articles that is up-to-date for the end of 2019: teaching-history-issues-index


BBC Radio 4 ‘Great Lives’

This is a biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives. Many of the lives presented are of people from the past and the discussion is both great for topic knowledge, but also sense of period and place. The programme website with podcasts can be found here. Thanks to @mrwbw for working on indices of many episodes: Great lives in chronological order of birth and and in alphabetical order by period.


BBC Radio 4 ‘In Our Time’

In Our Time is a discussion series exploring the history of ideas, presented by Melvyn Bragg. When the discussion is about a historical topic, a range of historians are included, making this great for teacher subject updating and also for able and interested students. The BBC archive previous programmes here. Thanks also to @mrwbw for putting programme into a list here: In Our Time History podcasts .


Exploring and Teaching Medieval History in Schools

Sophistication, respect and representation is the aim of this publication. Section 1 contains articles by historians introducing the period and its sources. There is a focus upon three central issues of medieval life and thought, four topics now widely taught at GCSE and finally two probably unfamiliar topics that reveal a great deal about the people of the fifteenth century. The rest of the publication consists of articles on the teaching of the Middle Ages, dealing with broad issues linked to planning for KS3 and GCSE. Work on how the Middle Ages can help students understand more about the process of studying history is also explored, and also ways of developing a more representative coverage of the period. Finally there are articles showing how teachers new to the period have been able to tackle teaching medieval history at A-level successfully. Thanks for the editing by @bearwithoneear The edition on the HA website  (Look out for a new free edition for the 20th century in 2019!)


Exploring and Teaching 20th Century History in Schools

This journal is in a similar format to the Medieval edition. These open access publications have been made possible via the HA’s Teacher Fellowship programmes. This is a research-based intiative that brings teachers together with academics, often as part of a current research project. Future fellowships are advertised on the HA website.


Historical Fiction 

This is mainly designed for students, but teachers enjoy (children’s) historical fiction too and it can be a super way to get a sense of period and place: Historical Fiction list


Do let us know of any other such initiatives we can add to this post. Meanwhile, all Teaching History articles referred to can be found at @histassoc

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