Monday 22 March 2021
Wednesday 16 June 2021   

CODE: 8034


This NEW webinar will focus on a reinforcement of the overarching themes and Key Questions, addressing the content and skills most commonly seen by examiners as depressing marks at y13 with a particular focus on the last months of the y12 course.

The course will ensure a common beginning point for y13 study and will provide a clear bridge into y13 study.


  • Reinforcement and reassurance of key skills for AO1 and AO3 as expected by the end of one year of study, with a focus on the most common mistakes holding back success.
  • Building confidence in the content and themes covered. Ensuring that the Key Questions have been addressed and an appropriate, breadth led approach has been followed.
  • Perfect the learning of specific subject knowledge using proven and highly successful techniques focused on supporting argument in AO1, AO3.
  • Ensure that gaps in learning are identified by students with a clear action plan for restorative action, enabling y13 to begin with a confident, directed start.


4.00 – 4.05pm
Welcome and Introduction 

4.05 – 4.25pm
Engaging with the key questions and breadth of understanding

  • Ensuring that knowledge proves understanding at a level expected by y13. Addressing thematic evaluation without directed teaching in y12.
  • Breaking down the content into thematic units. Consideration of the style of question used by examiners and how this should direct the notes and work completed by the end of y12.
  • Breaking down the skills into manageable and achievable units so that students know what to aim for in each month. Developing a coherent programme of skills progression from an established baseline at the end of y12
  • The most common areas of factual uncertainty from the y12 programme and how to rectify the misapprehension

4.25 – 4.40pm
Beating expectations: Going beyond the mundane in interpretations for AO3

  • The paraphrasing convention. Moving students towards academic confidence and the ability to critique opinion. What a pupil should be able to do by the start of y13
  • Progression in skills; learning when there is a problem and what to do. The key expectations of examiners and how to access Level 4 and Level 5 in Question One
  • The most common areas in the Russia paper that provoke interpretative debate – how to prepare effectively for the predictable – and avoiding the mistakes of over-preparation.
  • Models of effective critique appropriate to the beginning months of y13 as part of a programme leading to outstanding outcomes by the end of A Level study

4.40 – 5.00pm
Differences between a y12 and a y13 essay? When to expect perfection in AO1

  • Rectifying the most common y12 essay writing mistakes for this Russia paper as seen with exemplar material and tips in ensuring progress throughout next year.
  • Understanding the AO1 mark scheme and identifying exactly where students commonly fail to develop out of Level 3.
  • Designing an individual programme of progression by modelling A and A* responses. When in year 13 to expect perfect essays.
  • Examples of best practice in engaging study and defeating the simple acquisition of knowledge. The most common essay topics and the type of argument pursued. Learning for a purpose.

Keith Milne

Keith has over 25 years teaching and examining experience. He is a Senior 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 leads a number of courses exploring the routes to success at A Level History.