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 NEW 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
CONFERENCE DATE London Thursday 28 February 2019
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference



10.25 – 10.35am: Welcome and Introduction


10.35 – 11.10am: From Tsarism to Communism

Dr Michael Lynch explores how Russia changed forever in this exciting presentation.

  • A unique presentation to boost student understanding and performance in examination
  • Explore why Tsarism failed: personalities, systems or events?
  • Why was Communism able to win control over Russia?
  • To what extent did the Communist methods replicate the rule of the Tsars? High level historical thinking for your students to emulate

11.10 – 11.20am: Question and Answer session with Dr Michael Lynch

  • Students get the opportunity to put their questions directly to our eminent historian

11.20 – 11.50am: Workshop on effective evaluation of Historical Interpretations: Michael Lynch, Keith Milne

  • Top tips on example extracts and answers
  • Expert guidance on what differentiates top level from mid-range responses
  • Working in pairs, student decide which example answer is the best response and why
  • Question a leading historian and examiner about analysing historical interpretations

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


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

  • Exceptional insights and debate to improve student exam answers
  • Join in the discussion by questioning our expert panel on these infamous events
  • How far did Stalin continue Lenin’s ideas?
  • How successful or damaging were their reforms?
  • What were the real effects of the reforms on the Soviet Union?

12.40 – 1.10pm Lunch


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 – 2.10pm: The nature and impact of Khrushchev’s reforms to the Soviet Union: Robert Service

Professor Service explores this vital part of the specification with you.

  • High level insights and ideas to lift student understanding to the top mark bands
  • What does the latest historical research tell us: has our view of Khrushchev changed?
  • How far did Khrushchev really change the Soviet Union?
  • What were the short and long-term consequences for the USSR internally and externally?

2.10 – 2.20pm: Question and Answer session: Robert Service, Keith Milne

  • Students put their questions to our expert historian

2.20 –3.10pm: Workshop - The key to excellent essays: Keith Milne, Robert Service

  • Workshop: guidance that really works on essay planning, structure, content, and balance for exam answers
  • Students review example answers which demonstrate mid and high quality writing, to see progression through the mark levels
  • Stand out from the rest: how to integrate wider reading into revision
  • Question a leading historian and examiner about essay writing techniques

3.10 – 3.20pm: Final Top Tips and close: Keith Milne

  • A reminder of the key lessons and advice provided during the day
  • Action Plan: what students should do next to get that top result

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