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 RHS Teaching Portal

In November 2020 we launched the RHS Teaching Portal. The impulse behind this was to demonstrate our commitment to teaching, and to fill the gap left by the demise of discipline-specific support for History by the Higher Education Academy, and to encourage innovative and effective teaching practice at a time when teaching in HEIs has come under critical scrutiny from successive governments.

The portal aims to be an important resource for teachers of history and a forum for debate and discussion about the pedagogy of our discipline. Additionally, the portal will provide support in the face of unexpected challenges, such as adapting to digital learning in a pandemic.


Access the RHS Teaching Portal >


About the Education Policy Committee

The Education Policy Committee is chaired by our Vice President for Education, Mr Peter d’Sena, and 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:

  • supporting the development of the Teaching Portal
  • 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:

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