Professional Development for Teachers


We value teachers as professional learners who develop their skills and knowledge to drive their schools forward.

COURSE: Re-imagining Black History in Primary Schools 

This six-week CPD course equips primary school teachers with the skills, knowledge, and resources required to teach Black British history sensitively and with confidence.

Sessions led by noted historians Robin Walker, S. I. Martin and Black Cultural Archive’s Learning Team will enable teachers to explore the rich and diverse history of people of African descent in Britain, as well as the role they have played in shaping the country. Our unique archive collection will be used to stimulate critical discussion and provide a stimulus to create lesson plans and schemes of work with the guidance of our expert team.

Pedagogical workshops will guide teachers through our unique pedagogy which has been developed to highlight the breadth and depth of Black history. Our approach encourages learners to develop enquiry skills and appreciate the complexities of people, events, and ideas.

Course Objectives

  • To advance primary school teacher’s knowledge of the history of people of African descent in Britain and their contributions to the shaping of Britain.
  • To provide teachers with learning resources to use in their classrooms.
  • To provide pedagogical guidance for teaching Black history.
  • To guide teachers on the practical application of their learning learnt and how to use this in their classrooms.
  • To understand the importance of teaching Black history in a way which inspires and uplifts pupils.
  • To inspire teachers to use archive material in their classrooms.

Course Leaders: Robin Walker, S.I. Martin and BCA Learning Team

Contact or 020 3757 8507 to find out more information.

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Schools Improvement and Enrichment Kit

Schools Improvement and Enrichment Kit (SIEK) is our professional development opportunity where you can join with other teaching professionals and investigate key Black historical figures in Britain.

Explore the history of Black people in Britain from Roman Septimius Severus to Professor Stuart Hall, alongside contemporary issues such as the Black Women’s Movement, British Uprisings and Riots, and Black Underachievement in schools.

The course is led by our Learning Team, alongside professional historians, practitioners and experts in their field within a relaxed environment.


Annual teacher engagement event

An opportunity to network and share issues, experiences and good practice in teaching and recognise the needs of pupils in school education. Through key moments in the archive, in particular newly acquired artefacts in the collection, we encourage participants to generate original ideas for interpretation and learning resources responding directly to teachers’ needs.

Teachers can sample new learning products first hand, such as online resources, professional development, schools sessions and assemblies, consultancy on services for school improvement and enrichment, and edutainment such as re-enactments, visual art, poetry, dance, music and storytelling inspired by the archive collection.

If you would like to get more involved, join our Teachers Circle to pilot learning resources, share ideas, and help us plan future SIEK sessions. Contact the Learning Team at