This exciting new conference will provide students with a motivational revision day on two of the most popular AQA GCSE History Paper 1 combinations. Specially designed by practicing history teachers, you will hear presentations from leading historians and be given high quality advice, guidance and examples which will assist you to produce examination answers of the highest levels.


  • A refreshed AQAS History conference for 2020, focusing specifically on Germany 1890-1945 and Conflict and Tension 1918-1939
  • Expert guidance from practicing history teachers and expert examiners on the skills required to succeed on every question type
  • Activities throughout on key themes and topics, all linked directly to the exam papers
  • Obtain the latest ideas about the period, helping students to stand out in exams
  • Get a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers.
DATE & LOCATION Manchester | Wednesday 10 March 2021
London | Wednesday 31 March 2021
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference



Welcome and introductions: What students did well in 2019 on AQA Paper 1

  • What students did well in 2019 – and how to match it
  • Areas of weakness and how to avoid them

Germany and the growth of democracy: to what extent was the Weimar Republic doomed to fail?

  • The difficulties of ruling Germany: Germany under Kaiser Wilhlem II
  • Impact of the First World War
  • Weimar democracy: political change and unrest, 1919–1923

Germany and the Depression: how did Hitler and the Nazis exploit the economic collapse?

  • Impact of the Depression: the growth in support for the Nazis and other extremist parties
  • Failure of Weimar democracy – Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor
  • Establishing Hitler’s dictatorship

11.35 – 11.55am
Break – Quiz Box submit your questions to our panel of experts for a prize

The experience of Germans under the Nazis – an exploration of possible examination questions

  • Definition time! ‘Interpretations’ and ‘Convincing’ and the difference between ‘How’ and ‘Why’
  • Dealing with ‘Describe’ quickly with great examples and likely questions
  • Great tips for tackling the ‘In what ways’ 8-mark question, exploring a full mark response
  • Applying knowledge appropriately to the 12-mark ‘bullet point’ question
  • Improve real student responses to confirm how to reach higher mark bands and strengthen student exam performance

12.35 – 1.05 pm

1.05– 1.15 pm
Quiz Box with the panel

1:15-1.55 pm
Conflict and tension: the inter-war years, 1918–1939

Seeing the links between the Parts A and B of the paper – common question types and understanding the history of the times

Making peace and the League of Nations

  • The end of the First World War: the aims of the Peacemakers and the extent to which they achieved their aims
  • The Versailles Settlement: Diktat; territorial changes; military restrictions; war guilt and reparations
  • Impact of the treaty and the wider settlement
  • The creation, successes and collapse of the League of Nations

1.55-2.35 pm
The origins and outbreak of the Second World War

  • The development of tension: Hitler’s aims and Allied reactions
  • Escalation of tension: the Rhineland, Mussolini, Anschluss, appeasement
  • The outbreak of war – the occupation of Czechoslovakia; the role of the USSR and the Nazi-Soviet Pact; the invasion of Poland and outbreak of war

2.35-2.45 pm

2.45-3.15 pm
The key to ‘Conflict and Tension 1918-1939’ examination success

  • Source A opposes Clemenceau and his aims at the Paris Peace Conference. How do you know?
  • How useful are Sources B and C to a historian studying the League of Nations?
  • Write an account of how the economic depression after 1929 led to problems for the League of Nations.
  • ‘The signing of the Nazi-Soviet Pact was the main reason for the outbreak of the Second World War’, How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer.

Final top tips and reminders

  • Remembering facts and using them brilliantly
  • The key skills required to achieve Grades 7 to 9
  • Action Plan – what students should do after today

Huw Dickson

Huw is an experienced History teacher with 18 years’ experience of teaching History in England and Wales. He is currently head of History at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls where is History is one of the most popular and successful subjects at GCSE and A-Level. He has 10 years’ experience as a GCSE History examiner and is familiar with the examination requirements for both the AQA and the WJEC. He has recently been appointed as a Specialist Leader in Education and is as such regularly deployed to work with Heads of Department in other school to improve teaching and learning as well as raising attainment at GCSE and A-Level. Huw is also currently leading a department-based PTI project on Key Stage 3 to 4 transition.

David Ferriby

David spent his career as a teacher and Deputy Head of a large comprehensive school, and has been a senior examiner for numerous years.  He has also acted as series editor for publications at both GCSE and A level History, runs courses and advises schools.

Students £25+VAT

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