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Disciplinary Knowledge in History

In its 2021 subject inspections, Ofsted found that ‘disciplinary knowledge’ was a major weakness in history teaching. The requirement is certainly a cause of some anxiety for primary teachers but we hope to allay your concerns with this informative short course.

  • Find out what Ofsted means by this term
  • Explore practical ways to teach it in primary schools
  • Gain a fuller understanding of associated terms like ‘substantive knowledge’ ‘historical enquiry’ ‘significance’ and ‘perspective’
1 hour
£99 + VAT
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About this course

What does it mean to work like a historian? Is ‘disciplinary knowledge’ just a buzz-phrase for when we study sources and develop chronological understanding? Find out what Ofsted actually means by this term, which it found to be a major weakness in “most” of the schools it visited in its 2021 history subject inspections.

Course objectives:

  • Break down ‘disciplinary knowledge’ in history into eight clear categories
  • Provide you with practical and engaging approaches for teaching each one
  • Unpick the confusion around related terms
  • Reduce your anxiety about this abstract concept! 


This course is suitable for Early Years and Primary school staff.

  • Headteachers and other SLT
  • History Leaders
  • EYFS, KS1 and KS2

If there are no livestream dates currently planned, please contact us on 01206 625 626 or email us at and we will work with you to find a suitable date.

How to access this course

This course is easy-to-access in any of the below formats...

  • Face-to-face at COVID-secure venues across England on the dates below. Please click here to see our COVID-19 update.
  • Via livestream on the dates below - accessible from home, from your school, or anywhere with an interconnected device.
  • School-wide license, for every member of staff in your school to watch for a period of 30 days. Please contact us to purchase your school-wide license for this course.
  • An INSET or after-school twilight at your school, tailored to your requirements. Contact us for your personalised quote.

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This course as an INSET Day

Our in-service training provides exciting and dynamic ways to inspire, challenge and develop your staff, whether they are Teaching Assistants, Teachers or Senior Leadership.

Your first point of contact would be with our Head Office team, who will identify your needs and priorities and ensure that the accompanying training materials we provide are of the very best quality.

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