This course is designed for all teachers of Pearson Edexcel GCSE History Paper 1. It will offer new approaches to the teaching of the Thematic Study, which will enable students to understand the key concepts of change and continuity. Outlines for answers to questions at various levels will be provided and analysed. Innovative materials and ideas for use in class will be included in the pack, along with revision techniques and approaches for ensuring student knowledge, understanding and progress. Specimen answers will be reviewed to explain what examiners are looking for.


  • Gain practical and successful teaching tips and strategies for students at all levels
  • Obtain new innovative methods of tackling the Thematic Study to cope with the reduced time available
  • Take away classroom materials and approaches that can be used immediately
  • Gain understanding of successful revision strategies that help students to understand the nature of Thematic Study
COURSE DATE Online | Thursday 22 November 2020
  • Teachers of Pearson Edexcel GCSE History
  • Heads of History
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 10.30am
Feedback and key challenges from 2019

  • Key areas where students succeeding and struggled in Paper 1
  • New teaching and learning approaches to develop overview and depth and meet the challenges of Paper 1
  • Making the content accessible for all

10.30 – 11.10am
Considering the questions and question types in Paper 1

  • The different questions, what we now know to expect and how to approach them
  • Developing a knowledge-based curriculum at Key Stage 4
  • What is needed in higher level responses – analyse and utilise exemplar material, including on causation
  • Teaching approaches for the most significant characteristics of different ages from the medieval to modern periods
  • Preparing students for the exam – aiming high with 4, 8 and 12 mark questions

11.10 – 11.25am
Coffee break and informal discussion

The source questions on Paper 1

  • Common issues with the source questions: improving provenance responses
  • What is contextual knowledge – exemplar material to demonstrate what examiners expect in high level responses
  • Teaching and learning approaches that develop source skills for all – the utility question
  • Following up a source – tips and pitfalls

12.25 – 1.25pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.25 – 2.15pm
Historical skills – cause, change over time, significance, making judgments

  • Teaching approaches for second order concepts with students of all abilities
  • The higher tariff questions- how to plan, unpicking the mark scheme
  • Change and continuity – what the examiner wants
  • Developing evaluation – what is it? How will a student show this? Exemplar material

Afternoon tea and informal discussion

3- 3.45 pm
Achieving the 8/9 on Paper 1

  • Stretching students from the start of Year 10: pushing the best with more challenging sources, questioning and tasks
  • What makes for an 8/9 student performance across Paper 1? Reviewing exemplar materials to confirm the difference
  • Revision strategies for Paper 1 to aim for the higher levels

3.45 / 4.00pm

Jayne Mackay

Jayne is an experienced teacher and Head of Department for 25 years at very high achieving schools. Her department’s results and Ofsted evaluations for her department and individual lessons are consistently high. She has led teacher courses and student revision sessions for a number of years and is a current senior examiner for two leading exam boards at GCSE and A level, as well as visiting schools to provide specification support. She is currently writing a revision guide with strategies and tasks for teachers to use in revision lessons.