This history conference will provide students with a highly valuable and motivational revision day. The conference will provide varied, interactive sessions throughout the day that focus on key content and exam skills.

Students will hear from leading historians on Russian history and receive high quality advice, guidance and examples from a senior examiner for producing examination answers that hit the highest levels. The conference is designed for students of all examination boards. The course has been updated with lessons from previous examinations and also the experiences of lockdown to make sure your students are fully equipped for 2022.



  • Hear first-hand from distinguished, renowned historians
  • Benefit from a high quality, informed, interesting enrichment event which also serves as a revision day for students of all exam boards
  • Gain first hand advice, guidance and examples from practising  senior examiners to support you in producing high quality exam answers
  • Develop an understanding of what examiners are looking for in top level responses
  • Reinforce understanding of key themes and topics
  • Interactive examiner workshops on key exam questions
  • Find out about the latest academic thinking on this theme
  • Get a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers


CONFERENCE DATE London | Wednesday 23rd February 2022
  • All A Level History students
  • Heads of History
  • Interested Humanities teachers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book sections of this conference as an in-school conference
  • A Revision set of notes for all students


10:25 – 10:35am: Welcome and Introductions

10.35 – 11.15am: 1917, Palace Coup and Revolution

  • ‘The February Revolution surprised everyone and achieved little’ . How valid is this view?
  • Why did the Provisional Government fail?
  • What was the role of individuals in the Bolshevik seizure of power?

11:15 – 11:45am: EXAMINER WORKSHOP: Outstanding evaluation of Source Material: The Dual Authority and the October Revolution

  • An examination of exactly what examiners are looking for in assessing the value in a source based on the October Revolution.
  • The most successful structure used by students that brings the best results.
  • How to define value and how to deal with provenance in the most sophisticated and highly rewarded manner.

Dr Keith Milne

11.45 – 12.05pm: Break –

Students get the opportunity to submit their questions on Russia History to our expert panel

12.05pm – 12.45: Stalin: The Consolidation of Power, Russia 1924-1929

  • To what extent was Stalin’s ambition motivated by a clear and consistent ideology?
  • How far was debate over the NEP and Socialism in one Country just a power struggle by another name?
  • How far was there more continuity than change in ideology 1917 to 1929?

12.45 – 13.25pm: Lunch

13.25– 13.35 Ask the Experts

The experts answer the questions submitted by the students

13.35 – 14.15 pm Economy, culture and society, 1929–1941: Soviet success or national disaster?

  • To what extent was collectivisation and dekulakisation motivated by economic necessity?
  • How far was the greatest success of the Five Year Plans in forcing compliance and social stability?
  • How successfully had the Soviet Union’s economic and industrial problems been addressed by 1941?

14.15 – 15.10pm: Stalin as dictator 1930-1953?

  • ‘Despite the use of terror, Stalin ultimately ruled by consent’ – how valid is this view?
  • How far was there more change than continuity in Russian society?
  • To what extent did the Great Patriotic War reinvigorate the political use of terror in the Soviet Union?

15.10 – 15.40pm: Examiner Workshop – How to write an outstanding essay. The Purges and the Terror.

  • Exactly what should be done to achieve the higher levels and to extend student performance.
  • The ideal essay structure and how it drives an excellent, consistent judgement
  • Practical direction on how to integrate knowledge about Stalin and his reign into an argument.
  • Establishing the answer – outstanding introductions and their importance at the higher levels

15.40 – 15.45pm: Final questions & close

Dr Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Leicester. His specialisms are in European and Chinese history on which he has written a number of books. He is currently editor of Hodder Education’s ‘Access to History’ series.  

Dr Keith Milne

Keith Milne has over 25 years of teaching experience in a wide range of maintained and independent schools. He is currently Head of History in a large and very successful department of eleven full-time teachers. In addition to lecturing part time at a university, he has authored and advised on a series of popular textbooks for A Level students. Keith is an experienced Principal Examiner & Moderator for a major examination body.

Professor Robert Service

Robert Service is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford, he is also a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His books and articles, deal mainly with Russian history from the late nineteenth century to the present day, cover economic, social and cultural as well as political aspects. He accompanies this with work on contemporary Russia. He is currently working on the geopolitics of the Russian Revolution as well as a study of the end of the Cold War.

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT