Teacher Scholar Programme with the University of Sussex

The University of Sussex and The National Archives are planning a Teacher Scholar Programme to produce online resources for teachers to support the teaching of British and World History in the modern period.

The Teacher Scholar programme will provide support and guidance to ten teachers to produce teaching material suitable for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 on:

  • British domestic history c1850 to c1960
  • empire and colonial history c1850 to c1960
  • world history in the 20th century

This course will be delivered with the University of Sussex, giving teachers the chance to work in partnership with researchers through residential events and a virtual learning environment. They will be carrying out their own research, drawing on a series of online seminars and guided by staff from the University of Sussex and The National Archives. Following approval by an editorial board, these resources will be published on The National Archives’ education website.

The teachers will come together for an initial seminar weekend in early October at The National Archives and a field study weekend to Dublin in late October. All of the participants’ expenses for the course will be paid, including travel and accommodation for the seminar days and the study weekend, as well as the cost of a supply teacher to cover the Fridays. Many aspects of the course will be delivered through the virtual classroom and virtual learning environment. These will be freely available to participants through the internet; no special equipment will be required.

What are we looking for?

A high level of commitment is required from participants: they are expected to listen to all lectures, contribute regularly to the VLE, attend both days of seminars at The National Archives and create well researched resources in their own time. They must also be available to attend the field study to Dublin in October. We want to recruit people who are excited about the opportunity to work collaboratively with university researchers and keen to extend the partnership beyond the duration of this project. We believe participants’ practice will be invigorated by the activities, and hope that they will seek opportunities to share their learning with colleagues within their school and beyond.

Programme activities

  • A programme of online seminars and activities, September to December 2017
  • Introductory seminar at The National Archives on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October 2017, led by researchers from the University of Sussex  and the education team at The National Archives . Teachers will work with datasets and original documents, reflecting on how to design classroom activities which draw on the content of the lectures
  • A field study tour in October 2017 – Friday 20 to Sunday 22 October 2017 (flights to Dublin on Thursday evening 19 October, returning Sunday evening 22 October)
  • Resources will be submitted to the editorial board by midnight on Sunday 17 December 2017

NB All copyright is transferred to The National Archives by participants as a condition of the programme.

How to apply

  • Download and complete the application form (DOC, 0.04MB)
  • In the supporting statement, explain how you meet the person specification (both essential and desirable – see below), giving concrete examples wherever possible
  • In the supporting evidence, describe a successful activity you have designed based on historical evidence, and explain why you think it was successful
  • Return the application form by midnight on Sunday 30 July 2017 by email

Please note, applications for this programme have now closed.

Person criteria


  • Qualified teacher status
  • Teaching history in either a primary or secondary school
  • Able to attend the seminar days at The National Archives
  • Commitment to producing new resources through work on the programme
  • Enthusiasm for working in partnership with university researchers


  • Experience of developing new history teaching resources based on historical evidence
  • Knowledge of some of the debates surrounding the place of evidence in history
  • Experience of contributing to the teaching of others (for example through creating resources that others have used, planning for department or year group, leading INSET, presenting teaching ideas to others)
  • Confidence to give presentations in front of colleagues and share ideas through web forums
  • Strong written communication skills

Contact us

Please contact us with any questions at education@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk