This exciting, interactive and refreshed AQA GCSE History programme will provide students with a motivational, informative and valuable revision day.  Specially designed by practicing senior examiners, the day will give your students expert advice, guidance and examples on how to improve their performance in their examinations.


  • A refreshed AQA GCSE History conference for 2020, covering the key topics and skills required to succeed on every question type
  • Fully interactive day, engaging, informative; the specification brought to life in engaging sessions
  • Expert guidance from examiners on improving performance in the four different exam paper sections
  • Take away a new set of notes which give excellent revision advice and demonstrate the levels required for success
 DATE AND LOCATION  London | Monday 08 March 2021
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference



Welcome and Introductions: What students did well in 2019

  • What students did well in 2019 – and how to match it
  • Areas of weakness to avoid

10.25 – 10.55
Questions and Question Types and their demands

  • Utility questions – what does ‘how useful’ actually mean
  • Write an account questions: why a narrative answer is not enough
  • The 16 mark questions: how to structure answers to enable success
  • Working with the AQA Mark schemes

10:55 – 11:35pm
Paper 1 Section A – Germany, 1890 – 1945: Democracy and dictatorship

  • Key features and characteristics of Germany, 1890 – 1945
  • How to develop points on interpretations
  • Producing specific detail for full marks on description questions e.g. “Describe two problems facing Jews living in Germany during the years 1933 to 1939.”
  • Handling evaluative questions such as “Which of the following was the more important reason why Germany became a dictatorship:
  • Germany’s problems
  • Hitler’s actions?”

11.35 – 11.55am
Break – Quiz Box submit your questions to our examiners for a prize

11.55 – 12.35pm
Paper 1 Section B – Conflict and tension: The inter-war years, 1918 – 1939

  • Working with sources to gain the highest levels: “Source A is critical of the League of Nations. How do you know?”
  • How to write effective answers to the 16 mark questions e.g. “The main reason why Germany hated the Treaty of Versailles was because of its military terms.’ How far do you agree with this statement?”

12.35 – 1.05pm

1.05– 1.15 pm
Quiz Box with the examiners

1.15 – 1:55 pm
Paper 2 Section A – Health and the People (Medicine)

  • Key features and characteristics of Health and the People that students need to know
  • Short and long term impacts of key figures e.g. Hippocrates and Galen
  • Historical significance eg of anaesthetics in the development of medicine
  • Comparison questions eg “Compare the Black Death in the Middle Ages with the Cholera epidemics in the 19th In what ways were they similar?”

1.55 – 2.35pm
Paper 2 Section B – Elizabethan England

  • Key features and characteristics of Elizabethan England – making links across the period
  • The ‘How convincing question’ and how to answer it well eg “How convincing is Interpretation A about the motives for Drake’s round the world voyage?”
  • The importance question: what are examiners looking for – “Explain what was important about the rebellion of the Earl of Essex for Elizabethan England.”
  • The Historic Environment question: what makes a Level 4 response?

2.35 – 2.45pm

2.45 – 3.15pm
Workshop Revision strategies that really work

  • Excellent ideas and tips that work: remembering facts and using them brilliantly
  • Student Exercise: What’s the same? How to link concepts and methods
  • Improving memory skills: pair mind-mapping exercise on key content

Final top tips and reminders

  • The key skills required to achieve Grades 7 to 9
  • Action Plan – what students should do after today

Helena Clarke

Helena is an experienced trainer and practising GCSE History teacher, senior examiner and author of GCSE History textbooks.

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.

Student £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT