The course will focus on providing clear guidance on outstanding teaching in A Level History.

A key element will be the integration of skills and techniques across the key stages in preparation for excellent outcomes post 16. How internal systems of assessment and data analysis might be used to focus help early on, and indeed how progression in a skills based curriculum might be designed, will be examined in depth. The position of notation in class, the impact of technology and also the effective integration of subject knowledge in teaching and also student work will be considered with concrete examples of proven techniques and of exemplar material. The increased focus on the analysis of sources and of interpretations will be addressed with practical evidence of how the teaching of these skills might be divorced from a narrative will be considered in depth. From the design of an effective A-Level lesson to the differing demands of understanding in breadth and also in depth, this course will help to perfect the key attributes of outstanding education at Key Stage 5.


  • Obtain teaching approaches which lead to outstanding outcomes for A level students
  • Develop methods for outstanding teaching of historical debate and analysis
  • Gain innovative approaches to teaching and exam preparation
  • Explore strategies to improve the level of students’ independent learning and higher skills
COURSE DATES London Monday 25 March 2019
London Wednesday 12 June 2019
  • All teachers of AQA A Level History
  • Heads of Department for History
  • Teachers thinking of moving to AQA
  • Teachers responsible for delivering independent study skills
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 – 10.55am
Teaching the subject knowledge to the highest standards

  • How subject knowledge is assessed in examinations
  • Factual knowledge vs cognitive understanding – resolving the dilemma
  • Techniques to ensure that all students are able to utilise subject knowledge in an appropriately supportive manner
  • The encouragement of wider reading and of research skills to support access to the higher levels of generic mark schemes
  • Engaging the class and ensuring that students stay the course

10.55 – 11.10am
Discussion: coffee break

11.10 – 12.30pm
Outstanding Teaching of historical debate and analysis

  • Explore how skills of analysis and of debate are assessed through mark schemes
  • Innovative teaching techniques to encourage a move towards a more discursive classroom environment
  • Practical examples of how to structure the evaluation of interpretations and sources in an analytical framework
  • Encouraging students to formulate appropriate historical opinion

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.45pm
Teaching the analysis of historical sources and interpretations excellently

  • Encouraging independent research and learning: the very best practice in using websites and academic resources for acquiring sources and interpretations
  • Divorcing description and precis of source material from evaluation
  • The best approach to teaching source appreciation as a skill
  • Outstanding practice for integrating source and interpretative material in a progressive skills based curriculum
  • Establishing way points for assessment and determining intervention strategies in historical skills

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Teaching History that brings Outstanding results

  • Designing the complementary curriculum
  • Assessment for purpose. Outcome driven results and jargon busting for students
  • Quiz platforms. Podcasts and the distraction of technology
  • The role of Coursework as a summative assessment

Keith Milne

Keith has over 25 years teaching and examining experience. He is a Senior Moderator with a major exam board and has authored and advised on a series of popular books including those detailing how to succeed with the NEA. He leads a number of courses exploring the routes to success at A Level History.

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