T.E.A.C.H. – Teaching Emotive and Controversial History

KS1: ages 5-7KS2: ages 7-11KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16KS5: ages 16+PDFWebsite

This report, produced by the Historical Association, presents examples of effective teaching on controversial topics in history, in schools across all key stages from the ages of 3 to 19.

The report is based on the UK curriculum requirements, which often include sensitive topics such as the Transatlantic Slave Trade or the Holocaust. The report presents a comprehensive view of current best practice in teaching these and similar issues, and recommends proven and successful approaches that enable teachers to tackle these issues through rigorous and engaging teaching while at the same time challenging discrimination and prejudice. It links work in the classroom with historians in HE who are working in these controversial areas, and thus combines practical classroom experience with recent academic research.

Five experienced researchers contributed to the report, one for each of Key Stages 1–4 and one for post-16. In writing the report, they have investigated current practice, particularly the opportunities and scope for addressing such issues through school history.

The Historical Association have also produced an online resource following on from this report, which offers further expert advice, case studies, materials and classroom resources for teachers of history on teaching emotive and controversial history from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 5.


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