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Pearson/Edexcel GCSE History Student Revision Conference

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This new, exciting and interactive Pearson Edexcel GCSE History programme will provide students with a motivational, informative and valuable revision day. Specially designed by practicing senior examiners, the day will give your students expert advice, guidance and examples on how to improve their performance in their examinations.


  • A new Pearson Edexcel GCSE History conference for 2022, covering the key topics and skills required to succeed on every question type
  • Fully interactive day, engaging, informative; the specification brought to life in engaging sessions
  • Expert guidance from examiners on improving performance in the different exam paper sections
  • Take away a new set of notes which give excellent revision advice and demonstrate the levels required for success


Welcome and Introduction

10.00 – 10.10am

Writing Top Level Answers

10.10 – 10.45am
  • Levels and Grades; why are they important? How to move upwards!
  • The big, own knowledge questions, what are examiners looking for? What are the differences between Grades 4-5 and Grades
  • 7-8?
  • What makes a really good Grade 9 answer? Top tips to impress an examiner.
  • Take the planning challenge, can you produce a top level answer?

The British Study: Early Elizabethan England

10.45 – 11.30am
  • Why was the Religious Settlement so important? What was Elizabeth trying to achieve?
  • Student exercise: How did Puritans and Catholics react? Which posed the greater threat to Elizabeth?
  • Planning an answer: do I really have to do it for 4, 12 and 16 mark questions?
  • Student exercise: Explain why the theatre developed during the reign of Elizabeth.
  • Student exercise: Invasion by Spain was the most serious threat to Elizabeth from Catholics? How far do you agree?
  • How to make sure of four marks in a ‘Describe two features’ question.
  • Getting to the higher levels in an ‘Explain’ question.
  • What does a ‘How far’ question want by way of an answer?

Break, Question Box, submit your questions for answers and a prize

11.30 – 11.50am

Superpower Rivalry and the Cold War

11.50 – 12.35pm
  • Why did the Cold War start in the 1940s? Was it Stalin and Truman who was more responsible?
  • Cold War chronology: hot and cold from 1945 to 1991
  • Student exercise: Take the Cold War chronology challenge, can you sort it out?
  • Student exercise: Berlin Blockade or Berlin Wall?
  • Student Exercise: Hungary or Czechoslovakia?
  • Superpowers Questions; how to hit the top levels in each case.
  • Explain two consequences
  • Writing an ‘analytical account’, what’s it all about?
  • ‘Explain the importance of….’ How to tackle the question.

The Thematic Study: Medicine, Crime, Warfare and Migrants

12.35 – 1.10pm
  • The Thematic Studies will be dealt with generically.
  • Factors for change across time; why are they important?
  • Examples and exercises across all four thematic studies
  • What do the questions require?
  • Describe two features, Similar, Explain why, How far?
  • How to construct an answer to a question involving factors.
  • Source questions: what are examiners looking for?


1.10 – 1.50pm

Question Box

1.50 – 2.10pm
  • A chance to ask direct questions to the keynote speakers, with a prize awarded for the best question.

Germany 1918-1939

2.10 – 2.55pm
  • What happened at the Treaty of Versailles?
  • Chronology of Germany in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Planning an answer: do I really have to do it for 4, 12 and 16-mark questions?
  • Student exercise: Take the Cold War chronology challenge, can you sort it out?
  • Using sources: what are the key points? What should you avoid? What gets you the top level?
  • Student exercise: How can propaganda be useful?
  • ‘How useful’ source and interpretations questions on Stresemann
  • ‘How useful’ source and interpretations questions on the Reichstag Fire5

Final Top Tips

2.55 – 3.15pm
  • Getting the whole picture
  • Student exercise: Germany
  • Student exercise: simple sorting
  • Key points from each of the keynote presenters on how to improve your final grade


The Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DJ | Tuesday 28 February 2023
King’s Church, Sidney Street, Manchester, M1 7HB | Tuesday 07 February 2023

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This conference, 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.

Anne Jackson is a highly successful and experienced Head of Department and teacher, who has extensive experience of successfully preparing students to the very highest levels for the Pearson Edexcel GCSE examination with outstanding results for many years. She has delivered INSET at the Schools History Project, the Historical Association and at Euro Clio conferences. Anne has recently been awarded the status of Teacher Fellow of the Historical Association.


  • A Specially prepared notes, practical advice and guidance by the course leader
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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