The course will look in detail at the new specifications, papers and markschemes to identify differences and their implications for teachers and students.


  • Analyse the new markschemes which will be used to develop profiles for levels in the markschemes and for Grades 5 and 9
  • Take away materials with student-friendly terminology and templates for answers at Grades 5 and 9 across both papers
  • Gain techniques for developing extended writing
  • Gain strategies for tackling source-based questions and interpretations
COURSE DATE London Tuesday 2 July 2019
  • Director of Studies
  • Heads of Departments
  • Teachers of 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
The 2016 markschemes

  • How do the new markschemes differ from 2013?: Implications of changes for teachers and students
  • Profiles for Levels in the markschemes and Grades 5 and 9
  • Developing a student-friendly approach
  • Developing generic markschemes for Grade 5 and 9
  • Developing key skills for GCSE 5-9
  • New approaches to sources and interpretations

11.15 – 11.35am
Discussion: coffee break

11.35 – 12.30pm
Achieving Grade 5

  • What is Grade 5?
  • Writing own knowledge answers
  • Tackling source-based questions
  • Dealing with interpretations; dealing with content
  • Marking specimen scripts

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.15pm
Achieving Grade 9

  • What is Grade 9?
  • Writing own knowledge answers
  • ‘Tackling source-based questions
  • Dealing with interpretations; dealing with content
  • Marking specimen scripts

2.15 – 2.30pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.30 – 3.15pm
The Thematic Study

  • Making it work
  • Issues of content
  • The wider ‘context’
  • Teaching ‘backwards’

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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