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 brand NEW conference will provide students with a motivational revision day, at which you will get high quality advice, guidance and examples from senior examiners, to help improve the quality of your exam answers.

This brand new conference is intended for all Year 11 and Year 10 GCSE students studying with AQA; Year 9 students could also benefit from the experience.


  • Exciting activities and resources to boost student exam performance
  • Gain first-hand advice from experienced examiners on the skills required to achieve high grades across for GCSE History
  • Work on focused activities in exam workshops to help students of all abilities reach their full potential
  • Reinforce knowledge and understanding of the AQA exam content
  • Get a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers to strengthen your revision
CONFERENCE DATES Manchester Friday 15 February 2019
London Tuesday 05 March 2019
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference


10.15 – 10.20am
Welcome and Introduction

10.20 – 10.50am
Workshop Revision strategies that really work

  • Excellent ideas and tips that work: remembering facts and using them brilliantly
  • Student Exercise: What’s the same? How to link concepts and methods across the papers
  • Improving memory skills: pair mind mapping exercise on key content

10.50 – 11.20am
Paper 1 Section A – How to answer questions on the Interpretations

  • Use examples to see how to break down an interpretation and reach the highest marks
  • Using skills such as skim and scan to produce high quality answers
  • What the examiner wants – using contextual knowledge to reach the top mark band
  • Student marking activity, comparing work at different levels

11.20 – 11.50am
How to write great answers on historical sources

  • Examine excellent examples of how to answer the utility questions
  • Group work on different source types – what do examiners want students to write
  • Improve these answers exercise

11.50 – 12.05pm
Break – Quiz Box submit your questions to our examiners for a prize

12.05 – 12.35pm
Paper 1 Section B – how to answer the 16 mark question

  • Work through the Structure of an excellent answer
  • Q & A – what could students get wrong when answering these questions? Learn how to avoid making these mistakes
  • Planning a high quality response – student group activity

12.35 – 1.10pm

1.10 – 1.30pm
Paper 2 Section A – Medicine

  • Group Timeline activity
  • How to explore continuity and change in answers

1.30 – 1.50pm
Examiners debate – what was the most important factor?

  • The examiners consider different factors for a medicine question – the students decide on the conclusion!
  • How to do the same in an examination? Look at a sample answer
  • Quiz – what have we learned so far

1.50 – 2.10pm
Paper 2 Section B – Knowing the topic

  • Learn the examiner’s perspective: how to link points from across a period, using Elizabeth as an example
  • Student activity: linking points about poverty, foreign policy, culture with examples of good practice

2.10 – 2.25pm
Quiz Box with the examiners

  • Your questions answered
  • Answers to the student quiz

2.25 – 3.00pm
How to produce an excellent Historic Environment answer

  • What do the examiners want? They explain how to use the site and answer the question to get the highest marks
  • Role play exercise in groups for students
  • Mark examples of student answers to see how to improve answers
  • Ask the experts how to improve your answers to these questions

3.00 – 3.10pm
Final top tips and reminders

  • Action Plan – what students should do after today to ensure they get top grades

Helena Clarke

Helena is an experienced trainer and practising GCSE History teacher, senior examiner and author of GCSE History textbooks.

Dr Paul Johnson

Paul is a highly experienced trainer and former Deputy Head and Head of Department. He was the AQA GCSE History Principal Moderator and is a senior examiner.

Student £25+VAT

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