Scottish Association of Teachers of History (SATH)

Welcome to SATH. We hope that the website will help keep you informed as to all SATH's activities and assist anyone interested in history teaching in Scotland to contact SATH.

As you would expect, one of the site's main aims is to help our members. To this end we will provide you with all of SATH's resources and conference material online. Also, we offer a pupil resources archive and bulletin board to which members can contribute.

This website aims to provides you with support, a voice and a forum for debate. It will grow and improve as you contribute. Help us to help you in furthering the cause of history teaching in Scotland.

Periodically the SATH President will release a newsletter to keep our members up to date with our aims and objectives for each year.

A copy of our constitution can be found here.

The SATH Autumn Conference Presentations

Click on the links below to save the presentations from our 2014 Autumn conference.

New Higher presentation

Christine Counsell presentation

SQA Unit Assessment Update presentation

The SATH Autumn Conference
November 8th 2014

SATH are proud to announce the programme for their annual Autumn Conference which will be held at Edinburgh University on Saturday 8th November 2014.

Here is the program and booking form.

We have a great line up of presenters who have offered to share their expertise with SATH to support teachers in delivering the new National Qualifications.

Presentations include:

Stephen Green - Understanding the marking standards in the new Higher

Julian Agnew - Q & A session* on the first National 5 exam

Claire Wood - Verification update

Teaching and Learning will be the focus of the afternoon with a choice of workshops by John Kerr, Claire Wood, George Mylchreest and Christine Counsell.

*Q & A session on the first National 5 exam - Questions for Julian should be emailed in advance to myself, Denise Dunlop: Click here to email

Applications should be sent or emailed to Chris MacKay, SATH Vice President, by 30th September 2014.

Postal address: Chris MacKay, SATH Vice President, History Department, Cleveden Secondary School, 42 Cleveden Road, Glasgow Lanarkshire, G12 0JW

Tel: 0141 582 0060 - Email: Click here to email

Hope to see you all at the conference!

Best wishes,

Denise Dunlop

SATH President

New SATH Newsletter

Greg Murray has written and collected items for the May/June Newsletter, follow this link to read.

SATH TeachMeet

Would you like to share some solutions to History at National 3, 4 and 5? Would you like to swap some materials including unit assessments and assignment advice? Feedback from colleagues on how to mark the new exams?

SATH is having its first TeachMeet this April 26th at an pub/bar (TBC) in Edinburgh, where we will be organising some expertise and looking forward to discussing the new Nationals! If you'd like to attend (free of charge), contact

New Continued Professional Development page

Found here Greg Murray provides updates on CPD and events related to History teaching. If you have any event you would like to publicise him, please email him at

The SATH Autumn Conference 2013 - The New National Qualifications

We are delighted to bring you details of our Autumn conference, which will take place at George Heriot 's School, Edinburgh, on Saturday 9th November. The day's continued professional development will focus on understanding assessment and approaches to teaching and learning, with presentations from Robert Doig, Stephen Green, John Kerr, Greg Murray and more!

The focus of our Conference will be the new National Qualifications with our theme Understanding Assessment and Approaches to Teaching and Learning. All participants will receive A Student’s Guide - How to pass History at National 5 and also A Teacher’s Guide - How to write a History Exam at National 5.

At the end of the Conference there will also be the option of a tour of George Heriot’s. Please indicate on the form if you would like to join a Student Guided Tour so we know numbers in advance.

The price of the conference is SATH Members £35; non-members £50; students £10. If you have not renewed your SATH membership the form can be found here.

Please return applications for the Conference to the SATH President, Denise Dunlop. All cheques should be made payable to “Scottish Association of Teachers of History”.

Postal address: Denise Dunlop, History Department, Turriff Academy, Victoria Road, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 4EE

The Conference program and registration form can be found here.

The SATH Spring Conference - Teaching History for a Broad General Education, S1-S3

We are pleased to bring you details of our Spring conference, which will take place at Glasgow University on the 20th April. We have some fantastic speakers lined up and this conference will be FREE of charge! More details, including how to sign up, can be found here.

SATH CPD Bursary

Two years ago SATH developed a mission statement to become "the CPD provider for history education in Scotland." Members attending our CPD, workshops, conferences and events are positive in their feedback that we are well on track with achieving that outcome.

However, we cannot be complacent. Over the past two years we have also engaged some international speakers and experts in order to look at other learning dimensions and to keep our practice as up to date and effective as possible. In a further development SATH has now launched a CPD bursary in order that our members can travel outwith Scotland to engage with that CPD and then report back to members on the findings.

Bursary applications will be considered annually and every year up to £250 will be awarded to a member. Applications for the following academic year should be with Secretary and President before the Spring Conference every year. Applications will be considered and bursaries announced before the end of that year.

The first recipient of this new bursary is Neil Johnstone from Glasgow who is a teacher of history and a SATH Committee member. His funding helped him to attend the Schools' History Project in England and he will report back on this at the Spring 2013 Conference.

The CPD Bursary form can be downloaded here.

The SATH Autumn Conference - From Principles into Practice

We are pleased to bring you the details of our Autumn conference which will take place at Edinburgh University on the 10th November. We have some excellent speakers - Robert Doig from SQA, Simon and Claire Wood, a workshop on marking the Higher paper 2, Neil Johnston on lessons from EuroClio and Jerry Teale on preparing for N5. Download the word document here.

What would you like to see taught in history?

More Scottish topics? More British topics perhaps? Napoleon? Ghengis Khan? The colonisation of South America? Let us know in this two minute survey.

What topics is your school covering 2012/13?

We now have a poll up to see what everyone is teaching next year, which of the topics are you choosing?

Please find our surveymonkey poll here. It asks for your local authority, multiple choice answers for your National 5 and Higher units, and then if there are any topics you would liked to have seen included - it should only take about 2 minutes to complete! We will let everyone know the results later in the year.

Thanks for your replies!

Learning opportunity with top academics

One of our new committee members, Professor Dauvit Broun, has brought to our attention this great opportunity to develop resources for the classroom, more here.


Also, at the last SATH conference, Dauvit presented on another new project, The Breaking of Britain. The Breaking of Britain is a collaborative project, funded by the AHRC, between the University of Glasgow, Lancaster University, the University of Edinburgh, and King’s College London (including the Department of Digital Humanities). The project is concerned with the period which extends from the failure of Alexander II’s short-lived revival of a Scoto-Northumbrian realm in 1216–17 to the formal abolition of cross-border landholding by Robert I in November 1314, following his victory at Bannockburn.

A blog is produced weekly, there are new features every month, as well as a section specifically for schools. The intention is that the site is accessible to a wide readership while, at the same time, dealing with matters of specialist interest. It really is a fantastic resource and well worth checking out.

SATH Press Release about New Qualifications

At present we have a qualification framework which the profession has waited for some time to see. It has been published on time and offers clarity in terms of what is included in and what is expected in the new examinations. Sample papers are now also being produced by SQA and these will also assist the roll out of the exams.

It is vital that staff work with the documentation that has been produced by SQA to ensure they are familiar with it and are able to ensure our students have the best possible opportunities to succeed in history, whatever the qualification they embark on. History is a traditionally popular and successful subject and SATH are confident that will remain to be the case in the future thanks to the sterling work of history teachers up and down this country who provide a sound education for Scotland’s young people.

The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail ran with a story on Saturday that misinterpreted the SATH president's views on the new national qualifications. We will be releasing a statement shortly to clarify our position. We would like to point out that that politicians have not influenced the historical content in the new national qualifications. A futher statement will be issued shortly.

2012 Spring Conference a great success!

Neil McLennan

Thank you to all who presented, and everyone that took part in the TeachMeet (and Stuart Brown for organising it). We hope you enjoyed coming along and getting involved. There are pictures on the Facebook group and on the forum of most of the speakers, and we hope to get more up soon. Really fantastic weekend and something we'll be looking to do again!

We want your suggestions for CPD!

SATH is striving to become the main CPD deliverer for Scottish History teachers, and we need your suggestions on what kind of CPD you would find most useful. Assessing the new national qualifications? Teaching the CfE way? Using ICT in the classroom? Paper 2 at Higher? Our CPD Coordinator Claire Wood will do her best to provide relevant courses, but the more input we receive from you, the better! Email our secretary or send us a tweet: @SATHInfo. You can also post on our forum.

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