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Brilliant GCSE History Teaching

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This revised course is intended for all teachers who wish to ensure the high achievement of students in GCSE History. The course focuses on excellent teaching approaches, methods, resources, and techniques to help teachers raise attainments in students of all abilities by improving student confidence, knowledge and a stronger understanding of what examiners are looking for. The course is generic, suitable for teachers of all examination boards.


  • Develop a range of approaches to tackling the key areas of GCSE History
  • Understand how to set an engaging and motivating classroom
  • Understand effective differentiation to challenge and extend all students specific to their potential
  • Take away techniques, feedback and marking strategies to raise attainment
  • Increase awareness of exam readiness that can be infiltrated into all lessons to maximise exam technique

The assessment demands for top grade outcomes in GCSE History

10.00 – 10.45am
  • What are the barriers to attaining high grades from the most recent exam?
  • What is required to achieve a top band mark and how do we get there
  • The importance of planning – how can this be completed in the exam environment?



10.45 – 11.00am

Fresh and Innovative strategies for teaching GCSE History

11.00 – 11.30am
  • The benefits of a flipped learning methodology for History
  • Maximising deliberate practice and high order thinking time in lessons

Motivating and engaging low ability students

11.30 – 12.15pm
  • Understand the difference between low effort/low performance and high effort/low performance
  • Engage low effort/low performance students by actively stimulating cooperative learning strategies
  • Help high effort/low performance students improve performance by modelling the use of high impact study strategies which prioritise ‘thinking hard’
  • Provide unique memorisation strategies to help low ability students retain information

Strategies to promote retrieval, spacing and interleaving

12.15 – 1.00pm
  • Memory platforms – lesson starters that maximise retrieval and interleaving
  • Memory platform examples
  • Potential links between knowledge and skill acquisition
  • Planning for interleaving, spacing and retrieval to stretch and challenge
  • Spaced practice



1.00 – 2.00pm

Stretching and challenging your more able students

2.00 – 2.45pm
  • Encourage students to create effective study materials
  • Strategies to promote ‘high order thinking skills’ not ‘more of the same’
  • Analysing Grade 8/9 responses to increase opportunities for high grades


Afternoon Break

2.45 – 2.50pm

Unpicking the exam questions and developing top level AO evaluation skills

2.50 – 3.20pm
  • Examples of model answers for discussion
  • How to support students in developing AO application skills
  • Examining the balance of assessment objectives
  • Using the language of the exam/grade descriptors

Exam revision and technique

3.20 – 3.50pm
  • Separating common content and skills mistakes
  • Applying simple but highly effective exam technique strategies to ensure high performance
  • Teaching and Learning strategies to improve AO skills
  • Memory, practice and myelin – the foundation of high achievement
  • Look into the science underpinning deliberate practice revision techniques such as dual coding and interleaving


London | Monday 27 November 2023
London | Wednesday 13 March 2024

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London | Tuesday 21 November 2023
London | Wednesday 13 March 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.


Tom Rogers is an experienced teacher and middle leader, having worked in both the UK and internationally as a History teacher, Head of History and latterly Assistant Headteacher. He leads CPD for teachers and History revision sessions for students. His passion is in making schools better places for teachers to work in, inspiring him to write more than 100 blogs for the TES and share his love of teaching with the profession.


  • Heads of History
  • Teachers of GCSE History
  • PGCE mentors for History


  • All teachers of AQA A Level History
  • Teachers looking to improve exam results
  • Heads of History
  • Heads of Humanities

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