Tuesday 10 November 2020 – 4pm                     

CODE: 8221


Raise student attainment with specific and focused advice on exactly how to drive further into the higher levels in the Coursework unit. Consideration of exactly what moderators are looking for in the higher levelled responses and how to ensure that moderated outcomes remain in line with national standards at the highest grades.


  • Develop an understanding of the exact demands of the higher levels of key aspects of the Mark Scheme and how these are best presented in a highly effective, piece of extended writing.
  • How to offer teacher support within the Exam Board and JCQ guidelines, especially in relation to draft material
  • Assess, with exemplar material, the best way to approach the NEA.
  • Turning effective research into the highest quality Coursework essay.


4.00 – 4.05pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05-4.20 Research and planning: facilitate the highest marks in AO3

  • From research to structure: how to help students move from research to essay writing, through sophisticated essay planning techniques
  • Analysing works: take away techniques for helping students to engage in a discriminating reading of the work of historians
  • Consider examples of outstanding responses that exemplify success

4:20- 4:40 High-level essays

  • Moderator’s feedback: understand the key advice on how to integrate the interpretations into the coursework essay, and how to avoid common pitfalls
  • Writing for analysis: how to bridge the language gap through using phrases which encourage comparative, analytical and evaluative engagement with issues of historical interpretation.
  • Feedback dos and don’ts: make sure you understand your role, and what guidance you should give to students as they are completing their assignment

4:40- 5:00: Sustaining convincing judgements

  • Understanding the role of ‘valid criteria’, review exam board guidance in order to understand what moderators are looking for in terms of an overall judgement, and the common mistakes made by students dealing with issues of interpretation
  • How to ensure that the finished work builds a judgement across the essay

Consider examples of outstanding responses, focusing on valid criteria to sustain a considered overall judgement

Dr Robin Bunce

The course is led by an experienced teacher who was Team Leader for A Level history for many years and has 16 year’s experience working as an examiner.  He has been teaching master classes to students for 6 years across the country, which are consistently rated as excellent by students and teachers. Dr Robin Bunce edits the popular My Revision Notes series for Hodder, as well as their History+ series. He was one of a number of historians who contributed to the award winning Our Migration Story schools history resource.