This course follows the first examination of the  Pearson Edexcel GCSE History and, using feedback from the exams, example answers and high quality advice and resources, demonstrates how to ensure that your mid-range students achieve the key grades of 4 and 5 in 2019 and beyond. Our hugely experienced presenter will provide expert guidance on teaching the specification to ensure ongoing student progress and motivation, along with showing clearly how students in this ability range can produce exam answers that allow them to meet their potential. This course is a must for Pearson Edexcel GCSE History teachers wishing to improve their results further.


  • Obtain high quality materials that help teachers prepare Grade 4 and 5 students effectively to succeed in the exams
  • The course will look in detail at the issues created by the content of papers for these students
  • Mark schemes will be analysed to suggest ways of preparing mid-range students successfully
  • The demands of questions will be dissected, analysed and discussed
  • Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to tackle the content in innovative and student-friendly ways
  • Gain materials that use student-friendly terminology and templates for answers at Grades 4-5
  • Sample questions at levels 2-5 will be discussed and marked
COURSE DATES Online | Thursday 15 July 2021
  • All teachers of Pearson Edexcel GCSE History
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 11.00am
Grades 4 and 5: what do they involve?

  • Structure of Edexcel GCSE History and how that affects mid-range student performance
  • Grading and feedback 2018 and how that can inform your teaching
  • Grades 2-5: what are the differences?
  • How to encourage students to ‘move up’
  • Preparation at Key Stage 3
  • Analysis of the mark schemes
  • Key attributes of Grades 4-5
  • Extended writing: how much?
  • Approaches to using sources
  • The rule of 3

11.15 – 11.35am
Discussion: coffee break

11.35 – 12.25pm
Key issues in Paper 1

  • Approaches to tackling the Thematic Study
  • Covering the content and ensuring mid-range student progression
  • Detailed analysis of the questions
  • Tackling the source questions with Grade 4 and 5 students
  • Analysis of content for levels in the mark scheme and how this can help your teaching
  • Activities for use in class
  • Revision advice and guidance that keeps mid-range students on track
  • Reviewing and marking specimen scripts

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.10pm
Key issues in Paper 2

  • Detailed analysis of the questions
  • Superpowers/American West: the ‘odd one out’
  • Dealing with terminology and helping mid-range students understand and utilise it well
  • Special focus on the ‘account’ question
  • Analysis of content for levels in the mark scheme
  • Dealing with the depth of content in your teaching
  • Ideas for lessons to tackle areas of controversy
  • Activities for use in class
  • Reviewing and marking specimen scripts
  • Revision ideas to ensure Grade 4 and 5 students succeed

2.10 – 2.30pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.30 – 3.10pm
Key issues in Paper 3 and addressing them with Grade 4 / 5 students

  • Detailed analysis of the questions
  • Special focus on the ‘interpretation’ question
  • Analysis of content for levels in the mark scheme
  • Dealing with the depth of content
  • Teaching methods and ideas for lessons to help students really understand the topics
  • Activities for use in class
  • Marking exercise to explore the Edexcel standard and ensure your students are meeting it
  • Revision tactics for Paper 3

3.10 – 3.25pm
Final questions and plenary

Malcolm Chandler

Malcolm taught history in comprehensive schools for many years. He was Chief Examiner and Principal Moderator for GCSE History for twenty years. He has run many courses for teachers since 2001 and believes strongly that students should be more involved in their studies. He has worked with students in more than 200 schools helping them to prepare for GCSE and A Level.

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