The course provides the latest approaches for outstanding teaching of AQA A Level History including successful strategies for the integration of skills and techniques across the specification in preparation for the AQA examinations. From the design of an effective A-Level programme to the differing demands of understanding in breadth and in depth, this course will help to perfect the key attributes of outstanding A Level History teaching.
Teaching approaches that really embed historical knowledge and analytical skills, plus how to embrace technology to improve student performance, will be explored. Student work will be considered with concrete examples of proven techniques and of exemplar material that demonstrates the difference between levels. The analysis of sources, interpretations and the production to A*level is demonstrated with examples of top quality student work.


  • Take away 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 increase students’ mastery of historical skills
  • Explore the difference between A and A* quality work
COURSE DATES London Wednesday 12 June 2019
London Monday 2 December 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

  • 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
  • Interpretations and source analysis: where and how to begin
  • How to address the most common mistakes in the use of subject knowledge in the exam, and especially how to encourage awareness of what to learn and how to prove understanding.
  • Approaches for ensuring students’ usage of technology develops high level historical thinking
  • 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 debate are assessed in both breadth and depth options – what are the key differences in teaching methodology
  • Making substantiated judgements and exploring concepts, as relevant, of cause, consequence, change, continuity, similarity, difference and significance at A Level
  • Practical 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 as demanded at Level 5.
  • Moving beyond the Level three extraction of argument and to address all elements of AO2.
  • Teaching the essay skills as interpretation. A proven approach to hit Level 4 and beyond
  • Analysing student essays to explore the difference between A and A* quality work

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
  • The complexity of challenging how aspects of the past have been interpreted: approaches to ensure students can evaluate academic interpretations to Band 5 level
  • Divorcing description and precis of source material from evaluation and narrative
  • The best approach to teaching source appreciation as a skill: how students can miss key points of bias, value and contemporary context
  • The demands of AO3 and what an outstanding answer considers. Practical advice on avoiding the confusion between value, reliability and accuracy.
  • 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 – 2.55pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.55 – 3.45pm
Teaching History that brings Outstanding results

  • Designing the complementary curriculum, and what examiners look for beyond simple comprehension
  • 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
  • Outstanding performance in the NEA as the culmination of a skills curriculum

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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