Education Policy

Detail of a tomb relief depicting students at the University of Bologna, about 1383.

Arthur Burns, Chair of the Education Policy Committee, writes:

Arthur BurnsThe RHS takes a keen interest in history teaching in higher education and schools. The Education Policy Committee monitors trends in history education and provides expert advice to government and others in relevant consultations. READ MORE

ITT Latest Developments

January 2016: The RHS and Historical Association have now received a reply from Nick Gibb, Minister of State for Schools, to our joint letter to the Secretary of State for Education in crisis talks over cuts to History PGCE courses. READ MORE

Teaching Excellence FrameworkRHS Response to the Government Green Paper on HE

The RHS has delivered this response to the Government’s Green Paper on HE, which has been endorsed by the Economic History Society, History UK, the British Agricultural History Society and the East Midlands Centre for History Teaching and Learning. READ MORE

Review of the REF (Research Excellence Framework)

department-for-business-innovation-skillsUniversities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, has launched a UK-wide review of university research funding. The review will be chaired by the President of the British Academy and former World Bank Chief Economist Lord Nicholas Stern. He will be assisted by a steering group of academic experts, including historian Linda Colley. The review is due to report in Summer 2016. READ MORE.

RHS Response to AHRC consultation on the future of Doctoral Training Partnerships

AHRC logo GRIn October 2015 the Arts and Humanities Research Council issued a consultation document on the future of its Doctoral Training Partnerships scheme after the current agreements expire. This is obviously a matter of vital importance to the future support of postgraduate research in History as in all Arts and Humanities disciplines. You can read the Royal Historical Society’s submission to the consultation, which ended on 30 November 2015 here.

History PGCE courses in crisis talks for the future – the HA & RHS publish their response

teacher_trainee_in_class_raising_hand_295December 2015: a number of History PGCE courses have been threatened with closure, despite high applications. The Historical Association and Royal Historical Society have written to the Secretary of State for Education and other key decision makers to express their concerns over the allocations process and the future of history initial teacher training. We have chosen to make public our letter in response to other news stories appearing in the media.

Teaching History in Higher Education conference, 8-9th September

Maggie Andrews University of Worcester

Maggie Andrews

The conference explored theory and practices in teaching, learning and assessment in critical areas such as public history education; the use of digital and other new technologies; the relationship between school and university history; pedagogic theory, practice and the student experience; ethical dimensions and the teaching of ‘controversial’ subjects; learning outside the classroom; employability and work-based learning; policy, policy-makers and strategy. Keynote speakers were Mike Maddison (former Ofsted National Lead for History) and Maggie Andrews (Worcester). The RHS jointly sponsored the conference with the IHR, HA and History UK. READ MORE

Teaching History in Higher Education 2015 – new initiatives from the RHS

Over the past few years, the RHS has increasingly sought to highlight its commitment to supporting not just historical research, but the teaching of its discipline at all levels. The recent spate of activity relating to the School Curriculum from Primary to A-level has seen the RHS playing a significant role in discussions about History in the Schools, working in close alliance with colleagues at the Historical Association.   At the same time, however, we have also been supporting History teaching in the universities, for example through our involvement in the recent revision of the QAA Subject Benchmarking Document, and our work supporting early career historians both in collaboration with historylab+ and on this website. READ MORE

13 Apr 2016Response to Stern Review of the REF
26 Jan 2016RHS Letter on Initial Teacher Training
18 Jan 2016RHS Response to the Government’s Green Paper on HE
16 Dec 2015Review of the REF (Research Excellence Framework)
13 Aug 2015Teaching History in Higher Education conference, 8-9 September
20 Apr 2015Teaching History in Higher Education 2015 – new initiatives from the RHS
17 Dec 2014Revised QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for History published
26 Nov 2014History for All? Teaching Diverse Histories in British schools
18 Nov 2014History in the Schools Survey 2014
17 Oct 2014Concerns over future of teacher training