This course will demonstrate how to ensure that your best students achieve Grade 9 in future Edexcel GCSE History examinations. Led by our highly respected and successful presenter Malcolm Chandler, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas which encourage high level thinking so as to enable the most able students to produce excellent answers in their examinations. Using feedback from the 2019 examinations to explore what is expected of high ability students, you will receive superb advice on exam technique and answers that access the highest mark bands and allow your most able students to realise their potential.


  • Focused on identifying the demands of Grade 9 and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • The course will look in detail at the different demands of questions across the three papers
  • Mark schemes will be analysed to identify and clarify the requirements of the highest levels
  • Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the content effectively in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students
  • Materials will be provided with student-friendly terminology and templates for answers at Grade 9
  • Sample answers at Grades 8-9 will be discussed and marked
COURSE DATE Online | Friday 26 March 2021
| Thursday 08 July 2021
  • All teachers of Edexcel GCSE History
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.15am
Grades 8-9: what do they involve?

  • Structure of Edexcel GCSE History and what this requires of the best students
  • Feedback and grading 2018 and what this tells us about the standard high ability students are expected to meet
  • Key attributes of Grades 8-9 students in the classroom
  • Grades 8-9: what are the differences between these?
  • Analysis of the mark schemes – what were the examiners looking for
  • How to encourage top level students to ‘move up’ further and become independent learners
  • Getting top level students to produce the right amount in exam conditions in extended writing
  • Approaches to using sources with higher ability GCSE students

11.15 – 11.35am
Discussion: coffee break

11.35 – 12.25pm
Key issues in Paper 1 for Grade 9 students

  • Approaches to tackling the Thematic Study with the best students
  • Covering the content to ensure high level thinking
  • Detailed analysis of the exam questions
  • Tackling the source questions with Grade 8 / 9 students
  • Analysis of content for levels in the mark scheme
  • Activities for use in class to stretch the top end
  • Revision tips to ensure top level students succeed in the exams
  • Reviewing and marking specimen scripts to see the necessary standard

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.10pm
Key issues in Paper 2 for ensuring high level students succeed

  • Detailed analysis of the Edexcel questions – what are they looking for from the very best answers?
  • Paper 2: the ‘odd one out’ and strategies for Grade 9 student success
  • Dealing with terminology
  • Special focus on the ‘account’ question and how to ensure successful answers to it
  • Analysis of content for levels in the mark scheme: what makes an excellent answer?
  • Dealing with the depth of content
  • Activities for use in class and for teaching key topics to high end students
  • Reviewing and marking specimen scripts
  • Revision that works on Paper 2

2.10 – 2.30pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.30 – 3.10pm
Key issues in Paper 3 for those aspiring to Grade 9

  • Detailed analysis of the questions and what the Edexcel examiners were looking for
  • Special focus on the ‘interpretation’ question: how to produce excellent answers
  • Analysis of content for levels in the mark scheme
  • Dealing with the depth of content in your teaching
  • Ideas for lessons to tackle areas of controversy on Paper 3
  • Activities for use in class to stretch the most able
  • Working to the standard: reviewing and marking specimen scripts
  • Revision

3.10 – 3.25pm
Plenary and depart

Malcolm Chandler

Malcolm taught history in comprehensive schools for many years. He was Chief Examiner and Principal Moderator for GCSE History for twenty years. He has run many courses for teachers since 2001 and believes strongly that students should be more involved in their studies. He has worked with students in more than 200 schools helping them to prepare for GCSE and A Level.

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