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Pearson Edexcel GCSE History: Preparing Students for Exam Success in 2025 and Beyond

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This new course is intended for teachers looking for ways to improve student attainment and prepare all students for exam success in Pearson/Edexcel GCSE History. Delivering a highly demanding specification whilst ensuring student interest and engagement over two years is not without its challenges and this course will consider these in turn so that teachers, and by extension students, can feel more confident.

GCSE History teaching requires long term strategic planning to make the most out of the time available. As such, the first half of this course will be split in two. It will look first at strategies aimed specifically at Year 10, helping students to manage the step up from Key Stage 3 and the new learning challenges that GCSE brings. It will then focus on Year 11 and techniques to develop students’ approach to the exams. The second half will focus in more detail on areas vital for raising attainment – using sources and interpretations, revision exam preparation; assessment and feedback.


  • Explore a range of strategies for raising student attainment in GCSE History
  • Develop strategies to retain student interest and engagement over two years
  • Find out ways to differentiate the teaching of content and skills to meet the needs of all learners
  • Help students to improve their revision and exam preparation skills
  • Explore different approaches to assessment, tracking and feedback to ensure student progress

Pearson/Edexcel GCSE History – What’s it all About?

10.00 – 11.15am
  • What skills and techniques do students need to deploy to be successful at Pearson/Edexcel GCSE History?
  • Preparation at KS3 How can we help students prepare for GCSE?
  • Involving all students in active participation in lessons
  • Strategies for use in classroom to develop key skills
  • How to cope with the content


11.15 – 11.35am

Developing extended writing at GCSE

11.35 – 12.30pm
  • What do students have to do?
  • Techniques for encouraging better written answers
  • Tackling exam questions
  • Using model answers
  • Using digital methods to improve writing
  • Materials for use in class to develop better written answers


12.30 – 1.30pm

Using Sources and Interpretations

1.30 – 2.30pm
  •  What do students have to do?
  • Techniques for encouraging better analysis
  • Tackling exam questions
  • Using model answers
  • Materials for use in class for developing source analysis and interpretations

Afternoon Break

2.30 – 2.45pm

Revision and Motivation

2.45 – 3.30pm
  • Effective marking and feedback
  • Using marking to increase motivation
  • Techniques for developing better revision
  • Targeting topics and questions Materials for use in class for revision



London | Friday 05 July 2024
London | Friday 05 July 2024

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Malcolm Chandler was Chief Examiner for GCSE History for twenty years and has been leading courses for teachers and students since 1998, throughout England and Wales, but also in Europe and Dubai. He aims to simplify the demands of GCSE History for both teachers and students by avoiding ‘jargon’ and using straightforward terminology.

He believes that the best way of teaching history and improving results is to set clear, manageable targets for students and to enable them to feel ‘part of the process’.

Many schools that have adopted the approaches and techniques that he recommends have seen significant improvements in examination grades in relatively short spaces of time.


  • New Teachers in Pearson Edexcel GCSE History
  • Experienced teachers of Pearson Edexcel GCSE History
  • Heads of History ● Heads of Humanities


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