Teaching Black History in Schools

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  • Programme Title: Teaching Black History in Schools
  • Type of Programme: Foundation Certificate, CPD
  • Department: Education
  • Duration: up to 3 months
  • Fee: £249
  • 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 and Curriculum Planning Exercise

This programme can be delivered live or face-to-face to groups of educators – please see below

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

Taking participants from first principles, the programme 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. In addition, the programme looks at how educators can nurture culturally aware educational spaces that nurture global citizenship. Finally, an audit of a number of digital archives gives educators the skills they need to supplement their programmes with visual resources that keep students engaged and allow for the telling of more robust histories. 

Young people are requesting more than ever that their educators give them the knowledge and skills they need to face various challenges head on, particularly those to do with diversity and race literacy. This programme aims to empower educators to do just that. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this programme of study, educators are expected to understand:

  1. 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;
  2. the opportunities and limitations of existing curricula as it pertains to the teaching of Black histories;
  3. How Black history can be integrated into national and world history programmes;
  4. How educators can create culturally aware and racially literate spaces to tackle racial inequality, respond to racial injustice, and nurture global citizenship;
  5. How digital resources can enhance Black history lesson design and delivery.


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.

Programme Aims

The programme 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 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 programme 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 curricula more widely.

Programme Outline

This programme is made up of the follow short courses:

  1. Introduction to Black History
  2. Teaching Black History as British History
  3. Teaching Black History as World History
  4. Black History and Nurturing Culturally Aware Spaces
  5. Black History and Digital Archives


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 up to 3 months from registration to complete the programme, attend the seminars, and submit the assignments.


  • 1000-word essay
  • Curriculum Planning Exercise
  • Seminar attendance and participation

To find out more about our Assignments click here.


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

Note for Schools and Educators

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

Schools, Schools Districts and School Consortiums

  • This programme can also be delivered online through a  live workshops with a minimum of 3 delegates. Please contact us for per delegate pricing.
  • This programme can also be delivered face-to-face through live workshops with a minimum of 3 delegates. A travel surcharge will apply. Please contact us for per delegate pricing.

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.

Contact us

Have a question? Please send us an email to info@africanhistoryproject.org or using the contact form below.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    As a teacher, how will this programme benefit me?

    This programme 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 programme follow the national curriculum?

    This programme uses the British national curriculum as a case study but all educators irrespective of their national or regional curricula will be able to use the skills and knowledge acquired to evaluate and develop their curricula.

    Will there be an assessment and what does it entail?

    This programme is assessed by a 1000-word essay and a Curriculum Planning Exercise.

    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.

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

    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 14
    • Quizzes 0
    • Duration up to 3 months
    • Skill level All levels
    • Language English
    • Participants 16
    • Resources Yes