Guidance for Trainee and Early Career Teachers

By Sue Temple, published 30th January 2024

Training to be an Early Years and Primary teacher can seem daunting. Especially when you consider that you will be teaching so many subjects, and your Initial Teacher Education course may not include very much time or support in how to teach History. The Historical Association understands this and so has put together the following guidance to support all trainees and Early Career Teachers in how to teach good history lessons. We hope you find it useful.

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The principles and concepts of history

  • What is history?
  • Historical knowledge and concepts
  • The History National Curriculum
  • Chronology
  • Historical sources and interpretations
  • Historical enquiry
  • References

Use of sources and interpretations

  • Sources
  • Artefacts or objects
  • Images
  • Documents
  • Oral history
  • Local environment and buildings
  • Interpretations

Planning and progression

  • Planning
  • Planning for progress
  • Planning a lesson
  • Planning a sequence of lessons
  • Cross-curricular learning
  • Planning a cross-curricular unit


  • References