Tuesday 22 June 2021 – 4pm

Code: 8242


This is Session 2 of a series of 2 webinars. The course offers an overview of nuts and bolts teaching and learning at A Level. It highlights priorities for planning and classroom practice, drilling down to lesson level activities and approaches. It gives insights into how experienced teachers use their knowledge of how different areas of the course can reinforce each other efficiently, bringing overall coherence to the teaching of breadth and depth essays, and the NEA.

It is suitable for anyone just starting to teach, in the first years of teaching A Level, or wanting to enhance their confidence in their teaching of A Level History. The main focus will be on the AQA specification, with ideas transferable to other exam boards.

Can be bought as a series of two courses for £200


  • NQT’s and RQT’s
  • Experienced teachers who are new to A Level History
  • Teachers new to the AQA specification
  • Heads of History


  • Provide teachers of A Level History with ideas and confidence to teach different components of the course effectively.
  • Explore the implications of teaching classes of different sizes and students with differing levels of History
  • Enhance their confidence in planning and teaching lessons which can efficiently pull together different aspects of the course.
  • Gain insight into how the key features, issues and concepts enable students to become critical and reflective thinkers
  • This particular session will focus on teaching for high quality essays and preparing for the NEA component


4.00 – 4.05pm: Welcome and Introduction

4.05 – 5.00pm:  Teaching for High Quality Essays

  • What examiners expect to see in higher level responses in both breadth and depth essays.
  • Examples of good and less good responses.
  • Understanding historical significance and providing substantiated judgement.
  • What distinguishes a synoptic essay?

5.00 – 5.50pm:  Preparing for the Non-Examined Component

  • Planning for the NEA and how to include this is your Scheme of Work.
  • Writing a strong proposal title which will facilitate success for your students.
  • Practical approaches to milestones and progress.
  • Exactly how much support to give to students in the NEA.
  • Comparison of advantages and disadvantages of the widely differing approaches taken to coursework
  • How not to let it take over in Year 13.

5.50 – 6.00pm: Time for questions and discussion

Denise Morris

Denise has over 20 years teaching and examining experience. She is a former Head of Department and is currently a Senior Examiner with a major examination board. Furthermore, Denise also moderates and advises on A Level History coursework and has marked with multiple examination boards. She has acted as a Teacher Trainer since 2017.