This new course is intended for all teachers of GCSE History who wish to ensure the high achievement of students in all examination board specifications. The course aims to explore a range of teaching approaches, techniques and strategies for successful outcomes in GCSE History, and will help teachers raise attainment in students of all abilities and experience by improving confidence, knowledge and a stronger understanding of what examiners are looking for, led by a highly successful Head of History.


  • Develop a range of pedagogical approaches to secure the very best outcomes for all students
  • An exploration of metacognition at GCSE level
  • Improved understanding of the differing requirements of all GCSE History specifications and examining boards
  • An opportunity to share ideas, concerns and resources.
  • Learn how to adapt your Key Stage 3 teaching to prepare your students well for the demands at GCSE level
  • Know how to design and deliver a successful and engaging course.
  • Understand how to best prepare students for linear assessment, including a focus on practical revision strategies
DATES & LOCATION London | Friday 25 October 2020
London | Monday 20 January 2021
  • Heads of Department for History
  • Heads of Faculty
  • All teachers of GCSE History
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 10.45am
Bridging the gap between Key Stage 3 and GCSE

  • Building the foundations for GCSE at Key Stage 3
  • Making the most of Key Stage 3 levels and assessments
  • An overview of GCSE content, assessment objectives and requirements: how do we fit these into Key Stage 3 schemes of work?
  • Making your GCSE course a popular choice: ideas on how to recruit students
  • Practical tips for dealing with the two year linear course and retaining knowledge

10.45 – 11.00am
Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 12.00pm
Perfecting pedagogy at GCSE level

  • Getting the scheme of work right: content v skills v assessment
  • Differentiation and challenge
  • Metacognition for GCSE History
  • Effective teacher, self and peer assessment: Encouraging students to add value to their work
  • Revision tips and effective intervention, including for highly able students

12.00 – 12.40pm
Preparing students for the examination

  • Ways to teach writing skills which make the demands of the examinations less intimidating: the demands of different Grade Boundaries
  • Teaching essay writing skills to meet the Assessment Objectives with some examples to discuss and assess
  • Making feedback on written work meaningful to encourage students’ progression
  • Approaches for preparing students who are aiming for Grades 8 and 9

12.40 – 1.40pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.40 – 2.40pm
Engaging with source work at GCSE level

  • An overview of specification requirements and the identification of common themes
  • How candidates can meet the Assessment Objectives for source based questions: creative teaching strategies for ‘how useful’ and ‘how convincing’
  • Strategies for all students to answers the questions confidently and successfully, with a specific focus on interpretations
  • An exploration of the mark scheme with some example answers

2.40 – 2.50pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.50 – 3.40pm
Teaching the popular options

  • An overview of common topics, with some resources to take away and use
  • Life in Nazi Germany: teaching ideas and resources
  • Elizabethan England: engaging with unfamiliar concepts
  • Medicine Through Time: tackling a thematic study effectively
  • Conflict and tension in the early 20th century: getting the depth of knowledge right
  • Answering the different questions: the particular issues of longer mark questions, and moving between question types
  • Exam tips and techniques to stretch and support all students

3.40 – 3.45pm
Review of the day and an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas

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.

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