This course is designed for teachers who are new to teaching AQA A Level History, or who wish to improve their understanding to enable their students to succeed. The sessions are designed to improve delegates’ understanding of the AQA specification and ensure that students have the best opportunity to maximise their potential grades
The course will also demonstrate practical teaching and learning strategies for incorporating key themes and concepts across all three of the specification components. We will also investigate differing methods of delivering the NEA.
Led by current expert examiner and teacher, Denise Morris, the course is designed for new and recently qualified teachers of AQA A Level History.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Develop teaching resources and strategies for ensuring all students will succeed in AQA A Level History
Gain exact insight into the skills examiners are looking for
Explore practical approaches to incorporating key themes and concepts in lessons.
Enhance your understanding of the role of the NEA and consider varied approaches to producing high quality coursework.
Knowing where to start
10.00 – 10.45pm
What does success look like in A level history?
Consideration of the particular implications of the Linear 2-year course.
Dealing with features, issues and concepts and enabling students to become critical and reflective thinkers.
Effective differentiation: facilitating access for all students to sources and interpretations, with particular emphasis on Section A examination technique.
Ensuring understanding of the key concepts of breadth and depth
10.45 – 11.00pm
Incorporating skills from day one
11.00 – 11.20pm
The key concepts of AO1: cause, consequence, change, continuity, similarity, difference and significance.
Getting the questioning right: higher order questioning techniques.
Developing an appreciation of the key themes of a unit.
Building vocabulary; the use of appropriate terminology.
Teaching Sources – Component Two.
11.20 – 12.00pm
Using the right level of sources.
Strategies for accurate retrieval of information from sources.
How much to comment on content, and how much to comment on provenance?
Focusing on value; demonstrating understanding of the full demands of the question.
Tone and emphasis
Teaching Interpretations – Component One.
12.00 – 12.45pm
Instilling confidence in learners; convincing students their critique is worthwhile.
Guidance on where to find interpretations.
Practical approaches to developing skills of analysis and evaluation.
Effective application of historical context.
12.45 – 1.45pm
Teaching for High Quality Essays
1.45 – 2.45pm
What examiners expect to see in higher level responses in both breadth and depth essays.
Examples of good and less good responses.
Understanding historical significance and providing substantiated judgement.
What distinguishes a synoptic essay?
Preparing for the Non-Examined Component
2.45 – 3.45pm
Planning for the NEA and how to include this in your Scheme of Work.
Writing a strong proposal title which will facilitate success for your students.
Practical approaches to milestones and progress.
Exactly how much support to give to students in the NEA.
Comparison of advantages and disadvantages of the widely differing approaches taken to coursework
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London | Thursday 23 November 2023
London | Friday 08 March 2024
Denise Morris has over 25 years teaching and examining experience. She is a former Head of History Department and is currently a Senior Examiner with a major examination board. In addition, she moderates and advises on A-Level History coursework. She has marked with multiple examination boards and has acted as a teacher trainer since 2017.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
ECTs in History
Experienced teachers who are new to A Level History