Chartered Teacher of History (CTHist) status is designed to ensure that teachers who choose to remain within the classroom have their contributions and expertise recognised and to provide an assurance for senior leaders that history staff are committed to their continued development. This accreditation confers a distinction on its holder in recognition of a high level of expertise in both historical knowledge and understanding and age-appropriate pedagogy, as well as a commitment to continued development in these areas.
Head of History, Clare Atkin, has recently been awarded this prestigious status. She said '' I have always been a member of the Historical Association and decided that this was an excellent opportunity to motivate myself into getting further professional training and consolidate some of the things that I already love doing in the classroom and the broader History community. The pandemic forced me to review my pedagogical knowledge, learn how to teach online, and opened-up more of a field for online History training which I took advantage of. The Tranby History department also trained a PGCE student in 2021 and I thoroughly enjoyed mentoring an early career teacher with the support of the University of York. I started the application process in October 2021. I had to compile a portfolio of evidence to support my application including a CPD log, teaching materials, letters of commendation and references. In January 2022, the Historical Association panel reviewed the evidence, and I was accepted. The challenge now is to hold on to it for three years!''
Headmistreess, Alex Wilson said “Our teachers and department heads are subject experts of the highest calibre; it is wholly right that our Head of History is recognised and credited as a national leader in her field. We are immensely proud of her.”