Teaching Black History in Schools

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Open for enrolment

  • Duration: 20 Hours
  • Format: Online

This comprehensive course will help educators design and deliver engaging Black history curricula.

Taking participants from first principles, the course starts by considering what constitutes Black history and the historic deficit in the teaching of those histories, before diving into subject knowledge lectures to help educators enhance their understanding of specific Black histories. The course closes with curriculum and lesson planning lectures that aim to introduce educators to the wealth of digital resources available and how these can be creatively integrated into lessons.

In light of continuing human and civil rights challenges around the world, the need to champion the study of global communities is more important now than ever before. Young people are requesting more than ever that their educators give them the knowledge and skills to face these challenges head on, this is what this course aims to do. This course aims to train educators who are ready to meet the challenge of delivering more robust histories to their students.

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If you are a school or education 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.


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. She has designed and led continuing professional development courses for over ten years, training corporate leaders as well as educators in the UK, Middle East and Africa. 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 Birth of Nations: West Africa 1945-1960.

Course Outline

Module 1: An Introduction to Black History

  • What is Black History?
  • Black History – a Critical Evaluation of the National Curriculum
  • An Introduction to African Approaches to History

Module 2: Teaching Black History as British History

  • Expanding Geographies and Expanding Narratives in the Teaching of Black History as British History
  • Teaching Constructive Black British Histories
  • Teaching Slavery, Colonisation and the British Empire

Module 3: Teaching Black History as World History

  • Protagonists and Stakeholders in the Teaching of Black History as World History
  • Teaching Modern African History
  • Teaching Emancipatory Histories of Africans, Caribbeans and African Americans
  • Teaching Contemporary Black Histories of Africans, Caribbeans and African Americans

Module 4: Cultural Awareness and Curriculum Planning

  • An Audit of Black History Digital Resources
  • Curriculum and Lesson Planning Masterclass
  • Cultural Awareness and the Teaching of Black Histories
  • Responding in the Classroom to Global Black Human Rights Abuses

*the lecture names are indicative and may change slightly

Course Delivery and Assessment

The qualification is delivered through 20 hours of online learning via video lectures, coursework and an exam.

The qualification is assessed by:

  • 1000-word reflection essay
  • Curriculum planning assignment
  • 1 hour open-book exam. Candidates will answer 3 short form essay questions.

The passing grade is 60%. 


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

Course Aims

The course aims to give participants an understanding of what constitutes Black history, the different ways Black histories can be classified, and an overview of current challenges in how the topic is being taught. It will empower participants to begin thinking about the opportunities provided by Black history to fulfil national curriculum requirements, as well as to engage students more fully in conversations about the historical origins of the social and political settlements of our time.

Participants will be encouraged to review their current history programmes and begin considering areas where Black narratives can be re-inserted. The course is curriculum focussed, so participants will engage with statutory and non-statutory requirements, allowing them to see how the teaching of Black histories can be used to fulfil the national curriculum more widely.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be expected to understand:

  • what constitutes Black history and the different ways of categorising and teaching Black histories including an understanding of the place of colonial histories in Black history;
  • the opportunities and limitations of the National Curriculum as it pertains to the teaching of Black histories;
  • the content and debates within different Black histories including Black British, African, Caribbean and African American histories;
  • enhanced curriculum and lesson planning using Black history digital resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

As a teacher, how will this course benefit me?

This course is essential because not only does it provide you with in-depth knowledge of various topics in Black history, it also provides you with the skills and methods to pass  this on knowledge to your students. 

Does this course follow the national curriculum?

This course takes into account the national curriculum and particularly identifies opportunities where Black historical narratives can be re-inserted into existing curricula.

Will there be an assessment and what does it entail?

This course is assessed by:

  • 1000-word reflection essay;
  • Curriculum planning assignment;
  • 1 hour open-book exam.

What periods of Black history will be covered?

This course focuses on giving educators an understanding of the opportunities to re-insert Black history into British and world history of the 17th to 20 centuries.

Why is this course limited to Key Stage 3?

As the KS4 syllabus is limited by what topics are available for examination at GCSE, KS3 provides the best opportunities for teachers to introduce their students to Black historical narratives.

What are some of the tools that will be used to deliver the course?

Our courses are delivered online and make great use of digital archives and audio-visual resources to enhance the learning experience and widen access to Black historical study at the highest of levels. Also, our video lectures provide robust introductions to topics and support students as they work through readings and engage with the sources.

Why is learning how to teach Black history important to the development of my teaching practice and curriculum design?

A history lesson is more engaging when the teacher can bring the lesson to life with their deep knowledge of the people, events and themes, and of the methods that best allow students to grasp these things. This course provides a robust and riveting insight into Black history so teachers can teach these historical narratives with full and complete understanding.

Course Features

  • Lectures 16
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 30 Hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 16
  • Assessments Yes