Outstanding Pearson/Edexcel GCSE History Teaching: How to get across the toughest topics

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This brand-new course will explore the more difficult to teach topics in AQA GCSE History and is designed for all teachers who wish to ensure their students maximise their potential. By providing a range of fresh and innovative teaching approaches to help students achieve a greater depth of understanding in these areas, the course aims to help teachers foster outstanding teaching, learning and achievement and raise the overall attainment of their classes. This course aims to explore the toughest topics to teach and for students to engage with on the AQA GCSE History Course and will focus in on 3 units – Germany, USA and WW1, exploring teaching and learning strategies to be utilised across all topic areas.


  • Gain a deeper understanding of some of the key topics on the Pearson/Edexcel GCSE History
  • Engage with new teaching resources and strategies for teaching key topics
  • Receive informed lesson ideas and resources to make delivery easier and more effective
  • Network with fellow professionals
  • Clarify any misconceptions in depth and theoretical application


Period Study P4: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91 (Part 1)

10.00 – 11.00am
  • How to get across the toughest topics focusing on The origins of the Cold War, 1941–58
  • Resources, teaching strategies, enrichment opportunities and more
  • Approaches to teaching Cold War crises – how do you cover the tricky content?
  • Explaining the toughest concepts


Morning Break

10.50 – 11.10am

Period Study P4: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91 (Part 2)

11.10 – 12.00pm
  • Fantastic teaching of The end of the Cold War that prepares for all examination eventualities
  • How to get across the toughest topics including attempts to reduce tension between East and West and the significance of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Carter Doctrine and the Olympic boycotts
  • What lessons look like the collapse of the Soviet control of Eastern Europe
  • An opportunity to ask the presenter
  • Enrichment opportunities – home learning and more

British Depth Study B4: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.

12.00 – 1.00pm
  • Exploring the toughest topics from within the unit and how to get them across
  • Focus on Queen, government and religion, 1558–69, what do students struggle with?
  • Ways to teach this unit with specific reference to Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad and Elizabethan society in the Age of Exploration



1.00 – 2.00pm

Modern Depth Study 31: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

2.00 – 2.50pm
  • How to get across the toughest aspects of The Weimar Republic 1918–29
  • How deep to teach Hitler’s rise to power and how to apply this in the exam
  • Explaining the toughest concepts in Nazi control and dictatorship and Life in Nazi Germany
  • Ways to remember key words and concepts

Afternoon Break & Teachmeet

2.50 – 3.15pm
  • Teaching and Learning takeaways from across the range of Pearson/Edexcel History units
  • A chance to network with colleagues

Exam Tactics and Techniques

3.15 – 3.40pm
  • How to bring all the content together to prepare for the exam
  • How to embed exam technique for students at different levels
  • Major pitfalls that can occur in exams and how to avoid them
  • Revision strategies …. that work


London | Thursday 23 November 2023
London | Wednesday 20 March 2024

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London | Wednesday 20 March 2024
London | Thursday 23 November 2023

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 new to Pearson/Edexcel GCSE History
  • Experienced Teachers of Pearson/Edexcel GCSE History looking for fresh ideas


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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