Sit down. Relax. I have trawled the internet for useful sites for history teachers. (I’m always adding to this, suggestions welcome.)
The Chartered College of Teaching ‘The professional and Chartered body for all teachers and leaders who want to work in a more effective, informed way.’ You can join for free, they also have an early career teacher conference which is free for trainee teachers.
The Historical Association A registered charity whose aim is to ‘advance the study and learning of history at all levels.’ They have some great journals, they have an annual conference, they offer CPD courses and events as well as webinars. As a trainee teacher you can get a discounted membership, free membership gives limited access but you can still access a lot of useful info and resources.
Sites for Teaching Resources
TES for History Most likely you have discovered TES already but if not, here’s the TES for history section. They also have a podcast which is useful when preparing for interviews and you want to get up to date on current educational issues.
The British Library has some free downloads including PDF lesson packs/activities.
School History has a library of resources and includes all exam boards, however it is a paid for service but there are a quite few freebies.
Teachit History is comprised of resources that are created by teachers, you can register and download free PDFs or pay for further access.
Thinking History Great resources from the Associate Vice-President of the Historical Association, Ian Dawson.
Keystage History is a paid for site but it does include some free teaching samples.
History Resource Cupboard free membership includes 13 introductory lessons.
Women’s Suffrage Resources Lots of teaching activities, podcast, articles and a searchable database of suffrage campaigners – created by the Historical Association.
Hodder Education Here you will find a collection free history teaching resources from this education publisher, organised by key stage and includes some online quizzes.
General Teaching Blogs
The Teaching Space Martine is a higher ed teacher and author who aims to help teachers maximise their time, she runs this blog alongside a brilliant podcast which I recommend giving a listen.
Training to Teach ‘Everything you need to know about training to teach… in one place’ – says it all really.
NewToThePost Amjad Ali is Teacher, Trainer, TEDx speaker and Senior Leader, his blog is a ‘reflection tool’ where he writes about the ‘key characteristics of teaching and learning’ in areas of his work. It also links to his main site Try This Teaching which includes a free ‘Try This Toolkit’
History Specific Teaching Blogs
And all that is described as a ‘one-stop shop’ for History students and teachers includes resources and suggested reading to support GCSE and A-Level units, as well as lesson plans and resources for all Key Stages.
A Guide to Improving Teaching is the personal blog of educational researcher/author and experienced history teacher Harry Fletcher-Wood, it includes lots of posts relating to behavioural psychology.
Cleo et cetera Michael Fordam’s site is a great resource for trainee teachers his Guided Bibliography for History Education (downloadable PDF) is a comprehensive list off publications covering all aspects of teaching history, brilliant starting point for PGCE or further research. There is also a ‘trainees’ page with links to all of his blog posts which are relevant trainee teachers.
Lobworth Lots of insightful blog posts from the teacher’s personal experiences with teaching and some resources too.
Mr Thronton Teach Mr Thonton has created his blog as a place to ‘share and discuss resources that are useful to all teachers, not just those who teach history.’
One Big History Department (OBHD) has been created by the members of the Secondary Committee of the Historical Association and is intended to be a place for sharing thinking, resources and conversations about teaching and learning history.
One Damn Thing Ed Podesta is a highly experienced history teacher who has created this site to help teachers to think about and plan their history teaching. It is a blog but also includes lots of resources.
Robert Peal History Robert is a history teacher and Assistant Head of Teaching and Learning at the West London Free School and author of Knowing History a series of Key Stage 3 textbooks.
Rogers History Tom Rogers is a Head of History, classroom teacher of 10 years, columnist for the TES and course curator for Udemy. On a site note he is also very fun to follow on twitter! (@rogershistory)