Education Policy

The Royal Historical Society takes a keen interest in promoting and developing the teaching of history in higher education and secondary schools. The Education Policy Committee, chaired by our Vice President for Education, Professor Ken Fincham, includes elected councillors of the RHS, members from History UK (the independent national body advancing and monitoring History in UK Higher Education), the Historical Association, and secondary schools. These members bring a wealth of experience and insights, enabling the committee to effectively monitor trends in history education and provide expert advice to government and others in relevant consultations.

The Education Policy Committee’s activities include:

  • annual meetings with School Exam Boards
  • events on topics relating to School and University curricula
  • development of an Open Access Teaching Portal (due 2020).
  • active participation in government consultations on HE and schools policy, including TEF.

You can read more about the aims of the RHS Education Policy Committee here.

Read our recent responses to TEF consultations from May 2018 and March 2019.


Archived news items relating to Education Policy appear below:

19 Mar 2019Royal Historical Society responds to TEF Review
19 Jun 2018New School History Curriculum Briefing Pack
21 May 2018Subject-level TEF Consultation
22 Jan 2018RHS sponsors Historical Association Quality Mark
23 Oct 2017RHS Submission to Education Committee on ‘Value for Money’
02 Oct 2017HEFCE Recruitment for TEF Panel Members
17 Sep 2017Education Policy Committee Overview
30 Mar 2017RHS Submission to British Academy Flagship Skills Project
13 Apr 2016Response to Stern Review of the REF
26 Jan 2016RHS Letter on Initial Teacher Training