Teaching Black History as British History

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African History Proejct – Jamaican ATS (1)
  • Course Title:Teaching Black History as British History
  • Type of Course: Short Course, CPD
  • Department: Education
  • Duration: up to 6 weeks
  • Fee: £149
  • Start date: rolling, enrol at any time
  • Seminars: Saturdays, 7pm – 8.30pm (London), Live on Zoom
  • Lecture: Pre-Recorded, supported by curated reading lists, knowledge questions and tutor support
  • Assessment: 1000-word essay

This Short Course helps history teachers develop their subject knowledge and enhance their professional and academic standing in the delivery of robust and diverse history teaching and curriculum design.

Educators will be given the knowledge and skills they need to confidently integrate Black British historical narratives into curriculum design. We hope that graduates of this course will go on to make major contributions to curriculum development in their schools as well as on a national and international level.

The short course can be taken as a standalone course or as part of the Foundation Certificate in Teaching Black History in Schools.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, students are expected to understand:

  1. The opportunities provided by the National Curriculum for the integration of Black British historical narratives,
  2. Different strategies for integrating Black historical narratives into a number of British history topics;
  3. The importance of constructive Black British narratives and how to source constructive case studies in a number of topics;
  4. How slavery, colonisation and migration can be taught in a way that enriches students’ understanding of national and world histories.


Apeike Umolu is the founder of the African History Project. She is an educator and historian with over 15 years of experience supporting students in the attainment of academic excellence. Specialising in African history, she is a passionate historian and has undertaken historical studies at the University of Oxford. She researches extensively on West African political history and is working on her first book On Black Consciousness.

Course Aims

The course aims to give teachers the subject knowledge they need to integrate Black British historical narratives into their curricula. By identifying opportunities in the British National Curriculum, the course shows educators how to think more creatively about their teaching practice and curriculum design.

The priority is on integration with existing syllabuses. Students will be encouraged to review their own history programmes to see where case studies could be adapted or inserted. In this vein, the priority is equally on striking a balance between constructive and destructive Black British historical narratives to allow educators and their students to see the study of Black British history as an essential part of global citizenship education.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Black British History

  • What is Black British history?
  • Expanding Geographies and Expanding Narratives

Module 2: Black and British in the 17th and 18th Centuries

  • Curriculum Brainstorming
  • People, Labour and Power, an Integrated Module
  • Integrating Lives

Module 3: Black and British in the 19th Century

  • Curriculum Brainstorming
  • People, Ideas and Empire, an Integrated Module


The lectures are delivered on an online learning platform through recorded video lectures, and supported by curated reading lists, knowledge questions and tutor support.

To find out more about our lectures, please click here.


Seminars are delivered live on Zoom on a weekly/bi-weekly basis. Students need to attend and participate in all the seminars held while they are enrolled.

To find out more about our seminars, please click here.


Students have 6 weeks from registration to complete the course, attend the seminars, and submit the assignments.


  • 1000-word essay
  • Seminar attendance and participation

To find out more about our Assignments click here.


On successful completion of the course, participants will be issued with a Certificate of Completion and be eligible for an academic reference.

Note for Schools and Educators

This course is relevant to all humanities and social science teachers.

Schools, Schools Districts and School Consortiums
  • This course can be delivered online through flexible on-demand learning to individual educators. Participants are also enrolled on and encouraged to attend our Seminar Series.
  • This course can also be delivered online through a 1-day live workshop with a minimum of 5 delegates.
  • This course can also be delivered face-to-face through a 1-day live workshop with a minimum of 10 delegates. A travel surcharge will apply.

Need to pay by invoice?

If you are a school or educational institution and need to pay by invoice, please send us an email to info@africanhistoryproject.org with the following information:

  • School Name and Address
  • Email address to send the invoice to
  • Participant(s) name(s) and email address(es)

We will contact you within 24 hours with the invoice and information about next steps.

Have a question? Please send us an email to info@africanhistoryproject.org


Course Features

  • Lectures 11
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 10 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Participants 18
  • Resources Yes

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