This NEW history conference will provide students with a highly valuable and motivational revision day.  The conference has been designed to improve varied, interactive sessions throughout the day.

Students will hear from leading Modern World historians and receive high quality advice, guidance and examples from a senior examiner for producing examination answers of the highest levels. The conference is designed for students of all examination boards. The course is updated with lessons from the 2019 examinations to make sure your students are fully equipped for 2020.


  • Experience a unique opportunity to hear from leading experts in Modern British history and a senior examiner in the same event
  • Gain top level advice and guidance on how to access the higher grades in examination
  • Enhance understanding of key areas of Modern Britain, all linked directly to the exam papers
  • Interactive examiner workshops to improve performance in the exams
  • Engage with the latest ideas on the period, leading to strengthened exam answers
  • Take away a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers
 DATE AND LOCATION  London | Tuesday 17 March 2020
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference


10:25– 10:30am
Welcome and Introductions 

10.30– 11.10 am
The Affluent Society, 1951-1964 and the Sixties 1964-1970

  • How far did British society really change in the 1960s? Class, mass media, popular unrest and the Establishment: changes in moral attitudes, youth culture and the ‘permissive society’
  • To what extent was there an Affluent Society between 1951 and 1964?
  • Economic developments: post-war boom; balance of payments issues and ‘stop-go’ policies
  • Social developments: rising living standards, the impact of affluence and consumerism, changing social attitudes and tensions
  • Liberal reforming legislation – the gift of the Labour Party or inevitable social change?

11.10 – 11.50am
The end of Post-War Consensus, 1970–1979 

  • How far is it true to say that the end of the Post-War Consensus was due to short term rather than long term issues?
  • Heath’s government: political and economic policies; industrial relations and the miners’ strikes; the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland
  • Labour governments of Wilson and Callaghan: political, economic and industrial problems
  • and policies; problems of Northern Ireland
  • Britain’s entry into and relations with Europe; the state of the ‘special relationship’ with USA;
  • attitudes to USSR and China
  • The rise of Thatcherism as a viable alternative ideology

11.50 – 12.10pm
Break – submit your questions on Modern British History to our expert panel

12:10– 12:40am
Effective Evaluation of Historical Sources 

  • Analyse example responses on Society in the 1970s (e.g. on Society in the 1970s: progress of feminism; the Sex Discrimination Act; race and immigration; youth; environmentalism) that demonstrate the skills that gain the highest marks
  • Examine what differentiates top from lower level responses when answering questions on the value of sources
  • Improve real student responses to confirm how to reach higher mark bands and strengthen student exam performance

12.40- 1.20 pm
The impact of Thatcherism, 1979-1987

  • The Thatcher governments: Thatcher as leader, character and ideology; ministers; supportand opposition; electoral success; internal Labour divisions and the formation of the SDP
  • Labour failure or Conservative success? The General Elections of 1979 and 1983
  • Foreign Affairs: the Falklands; the ‘special relationship’ with USA; moves to end the Cold War; Thatcher as an international figure; attitudes to Europe, including Thatcher’s policies
  • Thatcher’s economic policies and their impact: monetarism; privatisation; deregulation; issues of inflation, unemployment and economic realignment
  • The appeal of Thatcher’s policies in response to ‘crises’

1.20 – 2.00pm

2:00-2.10 pm
Ask the Experts

  • The speakers answer the questions submitted by the students

The key to excellent answers on Thatcherism and the Thatcher Government 

  • Key issues, concepts and areas of strength and weakness in student answers on Margaret Thatcher, with example answers to demonstrate how to succeed

2.30 – 3.10pm
Towards a new Consensus, 1987 – 1997: How far was there success for British society under Thatcher and Major? 

  • Impact of Thatcherism on society: sale of council houses; miners’ strike and other industrial disputes; poll tax; extra-parliamentary opposition, success in the 1987 and 1992 elections
  • Fall of Thatcher and her legacy; Major as leader; economic developments, including ‘Black Wednesday’ and its impact; political sleaze, scandals and satire; political policies; approach to Northern Ireland; Conservative divisions
  • Realignment of the Labour Party under Kinnock, Smith and Blair; reasons for Labour victory in 1997
  • Foreign affairs: relations with Europe to 1997

3:10 –3:30 pm
The key to excellent essays on the Era of New Labour, 1997-2007 

  • Planning and structuring essays on the Labour governments of 1997-2007 to ensure the highest marks
  • Review and analyse example essays to demonstrate performance at different mark bands
  • Explore effective integration of wider reading to create high level essays
  • Mark essays at A and A* level to confirm how examiners differentiate at the top level

3:30-3:40 pm
Final Top Tips and close

  • Extra tips on excellent revision ideas, including using the specification
  • Action plan – what to do after today to get the highest grades

Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite

Historian of twentieth century Britain, who teaches at University College, London. Her PhD examined political and popular ideas about class in England between c. 1969 and 2000. Other historical subjects she has an interest in include gender, sexuality, prostitution and homelessness. She has published Class, Politics and the Decline of Deference in England, 1968-2000 (Oxford University Press, 2018) and is currently working on a study of women’s activism in the miners’ strike of 1984-5 with Dr Natalie Thomlinson (University of Reading).

Keith Milne

Keith has 25 years of teaching experience in a wide range of schools and is currently Head of History in a large and very successful department of eleven full-time teachers. In addition to lecturing part time at university, whilst studying for a PhD in European History, he has written and also advised on a number of textbooks for A Level History students. He is a highly experienced Principal Examiner and Principal Moderator for a major examination body, leading a large number of very popular online and face-to-face conferences detailing the routes to exam success for all A Level students.

Dr Alwyn W. Turner

Dr Alwyn Turner is a historian who has written widely on the politics and culture of modern Britain. He is best known for a trilogy of books on the closing decades of the twentieth century: Crisis? What Crisis?, Rejoice! Rejoice! and A Classless Society. A sequel, on Britain in the early years of this century, is currently in preparation. Other books have covered cultural institutions from Biba to Portmeirion, the Last Post bugle call to the Daleks. He is Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Literary History at the University of Chichester.

Students £25+VAT

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