The AAH Schools Group is run by and for teachers in schools and colleges in the UK. We work voluntarily to provide a network for teachers through which we share ideas, experiences and resources. We work with the AAH to publish material and organise events for teachers and students.
AAH Schools Group
- The Schools group is an AAH interest groups run, voluntarily, by AAH members involved in school education. The group supports teachers teaching art history in schools and sixth form colleges.
The schools group committee members help organise AAH events for teachers and students, including the annual Ways of Seeing schools conference. The group enables members to share experience and best practice with each other and to feed into the AAH's advocacy work. They meet once a term in London and welcome new volunteers who are keen to get involved and share their time and skills. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or how to get involved.
News & Events
- Announcement to discontinue A level History of Art (October 2016)
To find out more about this and see our response and initial statement see our AAH Campaigns page. You can also follow comments via Twitter @AAHeducation and @arthistorians and on facebook.
- AAH Ways of Seeing Schools Conference 2016
Saturday 26 November, National Gallery, London
This annual event is for those teaching or studying A-level History of Art or Art. It takes place in partnership with the National Gallery and attracts over 300 people from schools throughout the UK.
- AAH Teachers Study Day 2016
23 June, University of Birmingham
Following the success of the first Teachers Study Day at Oxford Brookes, we will be hosting another one next year, this time at the University of Birmingham.
- Art History Higher Education and Careers Conference and Fair
1 July, Godolphin and Latymer School, London
An opportunity to find out about a range of career options in the arts and media and meet art history undergraduates from universities across the UK, and ask questions about academic experience and university life.
Download a pdf flyer to find out more
AAH Outreach Scheme - Art History in State Schools
- The AAH outreach scheme was a two-year pilot scheme that offered fast-track AS History of Art to students in state schools throughout 2014 - 2016. The scheme has been trialled with great success at two state schools in London, St Marylebone School and Townley Grammar.
Good news and a postive outcome
The outreach scheme will come to an end, as planned, in 2015/16 academic year. However, it's anticipated that Townley Grammar will carry on offering art history, which is a fantastic outcome, as a positive impact from this scheme but also as an ongoing opportunity for the students.
What happens now this scheme has finished
The scheme was always intended to be a pilot, and it's generated some fantastic resources and very positive outcomes. It's also highlighted areas that need greater focus if we are to acheive our goal of wider participation and greater engagement with art history in state schools.
From outreach scheme to national campaign
On the back of this pilot scheme, we are now investing more time and resources into a broader, AAH Campaign that looks to address the challenges of encouraging more art history in education, by tackling policy change and working in partnership with other, like-minded national organisations.
One of the ongoing aims of the campaign is to continue to encourage more art history in state schools throughout the UK. We are particularly keen to broaden our reach and support teachers teaching art history, be it as a single subject or part of other A level subjects.
If you're keen to find out more about this pilot outreach scheme email email@example.com
AAH Publications for Schools
- Thinking About Art: A Thematic Guide to Art History
The AAH has published the first ever A level art history text book, designed specifically for teachers and students. Thinking about Art is written by an experienced teacher, Penny Huntsman, and is co-published with Wiley.
It's a substation teaching resource, with over 300 pages and more than 200 colour illustrations and is accompanied by a companion website.
- Teaching & Learning Resources for schools
- University Outreach : Widening Participation in art history
A growing number of Art History departments at UK universities are setting up outreach initiatives in order to increase students numbers and widen participation, and they are keen for AAH support. We have compiled an online listings page of these outreach schemes, so that this information is more readily available and can be accessed and shared publicly. Email for more information.
- Sharing Area for Teachers - we are developing a resources sharing area for teachers. Resources will be shared on a members-only area of the website. They will cover cross-curricular art history resources, so will be applicable for teachers teaching Art, History, English or even primary level courses. They will also cover specific A level themes and topics, including information on 'why study art history’, and addition links to useful websites and other teaching resources. We also hope to develop an online teachers forum for ideas and discussion. If you have resources you would like to share please email them to us. We will keep you posted on these developments.
Studying Art History in School
These are the most common A level and equivalent specifications taught in schools:
- AQA History of Art
- Cambridge Pre-U Syllabus
- OCR Art & Design: Critical and Contextual Studies
- CCEA History of Art
- Edexcel Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies
Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs)
The AAH is a sponsor of the ARTiculation prize which invites sixth form students from all sectors of education to give a short presentation on a work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice.
FAQs about teaching or learning art history in schools
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about art history in schools