This is an advanced course offering in-depth training for teachers looking for ideas which will help their students achieve at the highest level in AQA A-level History Paper 1.  Sessions will target the skills needed for the different sections of the paper and offer practical advice as to how to implement these ideas within the classroom progressively during the two year course.  Led by senior examiner, Keith Milne, the day includes workshop sessions, designed to help turn theory into practice, in-depth analysis of past papers, and a Q&A session in order to trouble-shoot explanations for the trickiest areas of analysing historical interpretations and writing A* essays on breadth topics.


  • Analyse the key markers of success in the interpretations question for the 2020 exams
  • Identify the precise demands of the higher levels of the Paper 1 mark schemes with exemplar materials
  • Obtain approaches for high level deployment of contextual knowledge in Sections A and B
  • Pushing through the A / A* threshold on the essay questions
  • Develop historical thinking that goes beyond the demands of A level to maximise student marks
COURSE DATE Online | Wednesday 28 April 2021
Online | Thursday 17 June 2021
  • Teachers of A-Level AQA History Paper 1
  • Heads of Department
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 – 10.40 a.m.
Feedback on Paper 1 from the 2019 exams and moving forward to 2020

  • Feedback from 2019 – the key indicators of the weaker and of the stronger responses
  • The development of the grade boundaries – students that just failed to cross the threshold
  • The dominance of knowledge over skills and the impact on the final mark
  • How the specific demands of breadth were addressed well
  • Map of the two year teaching course: how to build knowledge and skills throughout Y12 and Y13

10.40 – 11.00 a.m
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.00 a.m – 12.30 p.m
Dealing with the challenge of the Interpretations question

  • Integrating the 6 key questions of each topic within your teaching
  • Approaches to teaching of interpretations within the content
  • How to support your students in applying the focus of the question to the extract
  • Techniques for evaluating extracts within the context of own knowledge
  • Utilising precisely selected illustrative context to reinforce evaluation of the extracts
  • Exam technique – especially timings for Question 1

12.30 – 1.15 p.m.
Lunch and informal discussion

1.15 – 2.00p.m
The historical interpretations: a practical workshop on using past papers for learning, not just exams

  • What moves answers up to Level 5 in the mark scheme and the A and A* grades
  • Developing the skills of critical analysis
  • Building fluency and confidence in reading and analysing academic interpretations
  • End game: how to target the likely difficulties in an exam question and score optimal marks
  • Examining exemplar answers at C, A and A*

2.05 – 2.15 pm
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

2.15 – 3.00pm
Section B: extended essay writing

  • What constitutes a good breadth essay
  • The subtle differences in answering breadth and depth essays
  • Structuring a balanced response based on clearly selected evidence
  • Demonstrating how to use the Selective deployment of broader contextual knowledge, with examples
  • Sustained judgement as a concept – linking paragraphs using balanced argument
  • Analysing A and A* Paper 1 essays: where and why these get high marks

3.00 – 3.45pm
Exam technique

  • Practical strategies to help students go beyond re-writing the question
  • Methods to ensure students always answer the specific question set
  • Essay techniques to improve the performance of struggling students on Paper 1
  • Examining essays at C, A and A*: the key differences and using these with your students
  • Approaches to the entire paper – covering the content and the techniques

3.45 p.m.
Plenary discussion and depart

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.

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