OCR A-Level History: Preparing Students for Exam Success in 2025 and Beyond
ABOUT THIS COURSE
This brand-new course for all teachers of OCR A-Level History will explore how you can turn the mistakes made in previous exam series into an opportunity for positive change moving forward, fully preparing your students for success in the year ahead and beyond. This interactive course will support and challenge teachers in equal measures. You will leave with a thorough overview of the main lessons to be learnt from previous examinations and a wide range of ideas, methods and approaches to prepare students to maximise their potential in the 2025 exams. Emphasis will be made on the demands of the exams and NEA that are not met as well as they could be, and the implications this has for your A-Level teaching and learning.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Understand the main lessons to be learnt from previous examinations
Gain an informed overview of key areas of concern
Learn new and innovative ways to deliver areas that target these areas of concern
Experience and try out novel pedagogy in the classroom
Produce a strategic approach to maximise student success in 2025 and beyond
The Exam – Reflections and Approaches
10.00 – 10.40am
Feedback from the most recent exam: what is it essential to be aware of?
The main factors that affect examination success in papers 1 and 2 and the challenges experienced by candidates
Deep-diving problem questions from papers 1 and 2
How to engage students in the content of the course, and how to maximise their focus on what brings the most reward in examinations
Reflections on the most recent mark scheme and what this means moving forward
Starting to make a plan of action- what should we do? How should we do it?
10.40 – 11.00am
British Period Study and Enquiry
11.00 – 11.45am
What are the traits of strong responses?
How students’ answer compared to what the exam board want to see
Where and why do students perform poorly? The features of weaker responses
Delivering course content in a way that students quickly grasp
Strategies to decipher and meet the demands of the question
Non-British Period Study
11.45 – 12.30pm
What are the features of excellent responses?
Analysing the questions – what are the examiners expectations?
The most common mistakes made by students
Extend student thinking and understanding beyond the structure and assessment of the examination requirements
12.30 – 1.30pm
Thematic Study and Historical Interpretations
1.30 – 2.25pm
What are the characteristics of high-level responses?
What are the common mistakes and pitfalls?
Exploring the traits of lower responses
Practical approaches and strategies to achieve exceptional standards in high attaining pupils
2.25 – 2.30pm
Topic Based Essay
2.30 – 3.15pm
Using supporting material effectively, avoiding lengthy descriptions and contextual overviews
Ensuring higher level skills are exhibited
Problems in evaluating sources and interpretations
Practical steps for teachers to use their subject and pedagogical knowledge effectively to plan and deliver lessons
Moving Forward and Maximising Success in 2025 and Beyond
3.15 – 3.45pm
Summary of what we have learnt
Producing a plan of action to maximise student success in 2025
Specific lessons to be learnt and how to prevent them from happening again
Ensuring whole department success – managing staff and developing a progressive teaching culture that organically learns and improves
Probing problems in teacher delivery; how to identify concrete action steps that lead to improvement
Keith Milne has over 25 years teaching and examining experience. He is Chief Moderator with a major exam board and has authored and advised on a series of popular books including those detailing how to succeed with the NEA. He is an experienced Head of History and leads a number of courses exploring the routes to success at A-Level History.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Teachers of OCR A-Level History
Heads of Department
Academic leads for History
Prospective or new teachers of OCR A-Level History