Education Policy

Ken Fincham, Chair of the Education Policy Committee, writes:

The 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



RHS to sponsor bursaries for Historical Association’s Quality Mark for Schools

January 2018: As part of our 150th anniversary, the RHS will be sponsoring bursaries to enable schools from across the UK to participate in the Historical Association’s Quality Mark scheme. You can read more here.

RHS Submission to Commons Education Committee on ‘Value for Money’

October 2017: The RHS has submitted a response to the House of Commons Education Select Committee’s enquiry into ‘value for money in higher education. You can read more here.

HEFCE Recruitment for TEF Panel Members

October 2017: The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has opened recruitment for approximately 100 panel member roles on the TEF Subject Pilot panels and a small number of roles on TEF Year Three for applicants with HE in further education colleges and/or alternative providers. You can read more here.

British Academy Flagship Skills Project

March 2017: The Society has submitted a response to the British Academy’s call for evidence for its Flagship Skills Project. You can read more here.

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


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.



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
18 Jan 2016RHS Response to the Government’s Green Paper on HE