A precise analysis of how to ensure success with the NEA, encouraging students to enjoy and thrive in this unit. There will be a clear focus on exactly how to achieve the higher levels in all areas of the NEA and what the very best answers look like. The most common questions such as how to address breadth in AO1 and the issues of change and continuity and effective organisation as expected in the descriptor for Level 5 will be examined. Specific ideas on how to encourage the analysis and evaluation of source material as demanded by the top levels of AO2 will be provided along with detail on differing interpretations for AO3 and how they are best integrated into the line of argument. In each case, how to progress from the lower levels of factual recall to the effective integration and use of subject knowledge will be detailed.

Keith Milne is a highly experienced senior moderator, and has authored the key text on how to achieve success in the NEA. He also leads the national team of coursework advisors and delivers expert advice on exactly how to deliver truly outstanding outcomes.


  • Gain increased understanding how to access the very highest levels of the NEA Assessment Objectives
  • Learn to set the very best questions that encourage outstanding achievement
  • Perfect the teaching of source analysis and evaluation of value in AO2
  • Ensure that judgements in AO3 allow students to attain full marks
  • Take away examples of what has previously been done very well in the NEA for each AO
COURSE DATES London Tuesday 26 March 2019
London Tuesday 18 June 2019
  • All teachers of AQA A Level History
  • Heads of Department for History
  • Teachers thinking of moving to AQA
  • Teachers responsible for delivering independent study skills
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 – 11.00am
Devising the very best question that ensure success

  • Excellent breadth work – the difference between history of a period and contextual understanding
  • Progressing from L2 description to L3/4/5 chronological analysis and evaluation
  • Examples of questions that have produced the very highest marks: how these have enabled effective contextual understanding
  • How to develop a question that allows an analytical response
  • The demands of analytical composition higher than Level 2 in AO1 – and how many students lose marks
  • The issues of change and continuity

11.00 – 11.20am
Discussion: coffee break

11.20 – 12.10pm
Ensuring the very highest achievement in AO2

  • How to move students to effective evaluation of provenance beyond description at L2 in AO2
  • Perfecting the assessment of value – considering the difference between analysis and evaluation at L5
  • The most common limiting factors, preventing balanced assessment on merits
  • Integration of sources into an argued response as demanded by AO1
  • Ensuring the evaluative demands of AO2 complement the analytical demands of AO1

12.10 – 1.00pm
Ensuring the very highest achievement in AO3

  • Advancing beyond Level 1 – the demands of identifying and analysing differing interpretations
  • Excellent assessment of the provenance of an interpretation
  • The qualities of a Level 5 response: identifying a convincing evaluation to progress from Level 4 to Level 5

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm
Writing the NEA

  • Integration of source and interpretations at AO2 and AO3 into an effective AO1 response
  • Review of outstanding NEAs
  • Why high marked evaluative AO2 relates to value and the theme expressed in AO1
  • Where to place AO3 in the structure. How to ensure that argument and judgement remain consistent and apparent as demanded by L4 and L5

3.00 – 3.15pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 4.00pm
Producing excellent NEA outcomes

  • Encouraging the best practice in independent learning. Research and summary
  • Honing the skills of answering in-depth breadth questions
  • Examples of outstanding practice in the classroom and in the management of delivery
  • JCQ guidance on the amount of advice that can be offered. What is allowed and what is not

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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