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History teacher training

Course code 2KH6


Course length
11 months

Course fee

Course applications run from October through the portal. Find us by searching NIoT@North East SCITT (L06)

Why teaching history is important...

History tells us who we are, where we came from and how we are connected. Without studying history, we cannot understand where we are now or where we are going in the future. History ignites a passion, curiosity and determination in students. A knowledge of history can help ensure that past mistakes are not repeated in the future. History also provides students with a wide range of transferable skills with they will utilise in other subjects and in their future careers. It teaches students to question everything, rather than accepting information at face value.

The qualities that make an outstanding history teacher...

A great history teacher must first and foremost be passionate about history with excellent subject knowledge and historical skills. A successful history teacher is also creative with the ability to engage students and explain difficult concepts. History teachers must also be lifelong learners; keeping abreast of the latest historical scholarship. They teach students that history is an ever-changing, challenging and exciting discipline.

Subject knowledge needed to teach history 

Secondary history teachers need to possess a good general knowledge of British history from 1066 to the present day, as this features heavily in the curriculum. They should also have good knowledge of modern European history, and key international events such as the World Wars. A good starting point for improving your subject knowledge is the BBC Bitesize History website. Looking at the National Curriculum for KS3 History will also be beneficial, as it will give you an overview of which topics are covered.

Overview of our history course


  • Sept: Core training and mini placements 

  • Oct: Subject-specific training, core training and first teaching placement preparation

  • Nov-Dec: First teaching placement (6 weeks) and Newcastle University Teaching Conference (1 week)

  • Jan: Core training, subject-specific training and mini placements

  • Feb: Subject-specific training and second teaching placement preparation

  • Feb-May: Second teaching placement  (11 weeks) 

  • Jun: Personalised mini placement and QTS (qualified teacher status) interview



We provide ongoing, bespoke, subject specific SCITT Tutor support throughout your entire programme. Our SEDD (Subject Enhancement and Delivery Days) programme enable trainees to work with various heads of department and outstanding teachers in their subject areas. You will also work with expert history teachers during your two teaching placements. 

The benefits of training to teach history with North East SCITT

At North East SCITT, your PGCE is awarded by Birmingham University

Our lead school, The Academy at Shotton Hall, is one of only 23 Research Schools in the UK

Complete your initial teacher training year with North East SCITT in just 11 months

We work in partnership with over 60 education providers across the North East

Secondary teacher training courses

(11-16 with KS2 enhancement and post-16 enhancement):


To attain qualified teacher status, trainees will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards in the age phases of their course. They must teach and demonstrate that they achieve the Teachers’ Standards in the specific and consecutive age ranges.

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Lisa Keech

Career changer

Read all about Lisa's journey into teaching

What our trainees say about us...

"Fantastic all round training. What has really stood out for me is how supportive the whole SCITT team have been throughout the year. The highlight was my second placement which was excellent and the perfect fit!"

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