Tuesday 19 January 2020 – 4pm         

CODE: 8040


Advance student outcomes with specific and focused advice on exactly how to drive further into the higher levels in all three assessment objectives. Consideration of exactly what moderators are looking for in the higher levelled responses and how to ensure that moderated outcomes remain in line with national standards at the highest grades.


  • Develop an understanding of the exact demands of the higher levels of each AO and how these are best presented in a highly effective, continuous piece of writing.
  • How to utilise teacher support within the JCQ guidelines, especially in relation to draft material
  • Assess, with exemplar material, the best way to structure and to write up the NEA.
  • Turning effective research into the highest quality NEA at the end.


4.00 – 4.05  pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05-4.20 Ensuring that the selected interpretations facilitate the highest marks in AO3

  • Identifying the main thrust of the interpretation and placing this in a clear structure focusing on the differences between the extracts
  • Turning research into a finalised ‘interpretations section’ which clearly focuses on evaluation.
  • How to ensure that research done on time / limits/ context is not presented as a descriptive narrative. Best practice in using provenance to reinforce argument at Level 4 and Level 5.
  • Consider examples of outstanding responses that model success

4:20- 4:40: AO2: moving out of Level 3  

  • Moving on from selection. How to ensure that the chosen sources have a clear purpose and will aid evaluation.
  • Tips on how to avoid the most common mistakes on source evaluation. Using the correct terminology to impress.
  • Perfecting an academic evaluation of provenance. How to move beyond author and date.
  • Consider examples of outstanding responses, especially focusing on the ideal combination between provenance and content

4:40-5.00: The very best of the NEA                                                        

  • Editing the final piece to under 4500 words. What to do?
  • How to ensure that the finished work signals a clearly thematic approach which covers the requirements of breadth.
  • Integrating the evaluation of sources and interpretations into a work of consistent analysis and substantiated judgement. Previous best practice.
  • The best use of footnotes and of appendixes to further enhance the impact of the finished NEA.


Keith Milne

Keith has over 25 years teaching and examining experience. He is a Senior Moderator with a major exam board and has authored and advised on a series of popular books including those detailing how to succeed with the NEA. He leads a number of courses exploring the routes to success at A Level History.