This NEW conference, is designed in the light of the 2018 examinations. The revamped conference will focus on challenging areas, how to boost grades and how to meet the demands of the questions for examination success in 2019.

This conference will provide students with a motivational revision day, at which they will hear presentations from leading historians and be given high quality advice, guidance and examples which will assist them in producing examination answers of the highest levels.

The conference is designed for students of all examination boards.


  • Ask questions and gain first hand advice and guidance from a senior examiner and expert historians
  • Enhanced understanding of key themes and topics, all linked directly to the exam papers
  • Interactive examiner workshops to improve performance in the exams
  • Up-to-date ideas about the period leading to strengthened exam technique
  • Get a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference


10.25 – 10.35am
Welcome and Introduction

10.35 – 11.20am
Autocracy, Reform and Revolution: from Tsarism to Communism: Dr Michael Lynch

  • Political authority, opposition and the Tsar: the reasons for the failure of Tsarism
  • The emergence of Communist dictatorship: establishing Communist Party control
  • Lenin’s Russia, ideology and change
  • The creation of the one-party state
  • The extent to which Communist methods replicated the rule of the Tsars

11.20 – 11.50am
Effective evaluation of Russian Historical Interpretations: Keith Milne

  • Explore example interpretations on the end of Tsarism and how to challenge these for high marks
  • Using example answers on Lenin’s government, examine the skills you need to demonstrate to gain the highest marks
  • What do B, A and A* work on historical interpretations look like
  • Students mark work on interpretations on Russia by Historians to gain a deeper understanding of what they need do in the exams

11.50 – 12.10pm
Break – Students get the opportunity to submit their questions on Russia History to our expert panel

12.10 – 12.40pm
Debate: Lenin and Stalin’s reforms – contradiction or continuity? Dr Michael Lynch, Professor Robert Service, Keith Milne

  • Industrial and agricultural change under Lenin and Stalin: the NEP and the Five Year Plans
  • Lenin’s decrees and the Stalinist economy: how far did Stalin continue Lenin’s ideas?
  • Political authority and social developments under Lenin and Stalin
  • The effects of the reforms on the Soviet Union: the political, economic and social condition of the Soviet Union by 1941

12.40 – 1.10pm

1.10 – 1.25pm
Ask the Experts: Michael Lynch, Robert Service, Keith Milne

  • The experts answer the questions submitted by the students, with a prize for the best

1.25 – 2.20pm
The nature and impact of Khrushchev’s reforms on the USSR: Professor Robert Service

  • Khrushchev and the promotion of a stable society
  • De-Stalinisation, social and cultural change in Khrushchev’s USSR
  • The political, economic and social condition of the Soviet Union by 1964
  • The short and long-term consequences of Khrushchev’s reforms for the USSR: internal and external results
  • Opposition to Khrushchev: how have historians’ view of Khrushchev and his reforms changed

2.20 – 3.20pm
The key to excellent essays on Russian History: Keith Milne

  • How to write high quality essays on the USSR, using examples on Khrushchev’s reforms
  • Analysing the question – examine a sample question to on Khrushchev to establish the key aspects to consider
  • How essay planning, structure and content lead to higher marks: what examiners expect to see on Russian history at grades B to A*
  • How to integrate your wider reading into revision to make exam answers stand out
  • Excellent essay practice: students improve example responses to understand what the examiners want

Keith Milne

Keith has 25 years of teaching experience in a wide range of schools and is currently Head of History in a large and very successful department of eleven full-time teachers. In addition to lecturing part time at university, whilst studying for a PhD in European History, he has written and also advised on a number of textbooks for A Level History students. He is a highly experienced Principal Examiner and Principal Moderator for a major examination body, leading a large number of very popular online and face-to-face conferences detailing the routes to exam success for all A Level students.

Dr Michael Lynch

Honorary Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester. His research interests are in modern European and Chinese history and he has authored and edited several titles in the Access to History series.

Professor Robert Service

Professor Service is Emeritus Professor of Russian History St Antony’s College, Oxford.  He was elected to an Emeritus Fellowship at St Antony’s in January 2014 and remains a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His books and articles, dealing mainly with Russian history from the late nineteenth century to the present day, cover economic, social and cultural as well as political aspects.   He accompanies this with work on contemporary Russia.

His Trotsky won the Duff Cooper prize.   He has been a British Academy fellow since 1998.   He writes for the newspapers and broadcasts in both the UK and the USA; he served as an expert witness in the Berezovsky-Abramovich trial and at the Litvinenko inquiry in London.   He enjoys hill-walking, singing and strumming.  His latest books are The Last of the Tsars:  Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution and Russia and Its Islamic World, From the Mongol Conquest to the Syrian Intervention. is a study of the two superpowers at The End of the Cold War, 1985-1991. Currently he is conducting research on Russia in the Putin period since 2012.

Selected publications include his latest, ‘Russia and Its Islamic World, From the Mongol Conquest to the Syrian Intervention’ (2017).

Students £25+VAT

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