Wednesday 11 November 2020 – 4pm
Thursday 28 January 2021 – 4pm

Code: 8218


The focus of this webinar will be on raising student attainment with specific and focused advice on how to help students write more sophisticated essays and make high level judgements in all three sections of Pearson’s Paper 1.

The main focus of the session will be consideration of exactly what examiners are looking for in the higher-level responses, particularly in terms of analysis, judgements and valid criteria.


  • Encourage students to make sophisticated judgments based on valid criteria
  • Close the vocabulary gap, so that students can write higher level essays using evaluative and explanatory language
  • Avoid common mistakes when making judgements about historical interpretations

4.00 – 4.10 pm Welcome and Introduction

4:10-4:35pm:  High Level Analytical writing in Sections A&B of the Paper 1 Exam

  • Identifying the key skills necessary for success in the higher levels in the AO1 Mark Scheme
  • How to help students move from Level 3 to Level 4, and then to Level 5 in analytical writing:
  • Consider examples of outstanding responses that exemplify successful use of evaluative and explanatory language

4:35-5:00pm: High Level Judgement in Sections A&B of the Paper 1 Exam

  • ‘Valid criteria’ – dos and don’t when teaching valid criteria
  • Take away techniques to help students structure their essays to reach a fully substantiated judgment
  • Examine sample answers that show judgements at the highest levels

5:00-5:30pm: High Level Historical Interpretations in Sections C of the Paper 1 Exam                                            

  • Examiner feedback: what examiners are looking for in high level AO3 essays, and how to avoid common pitfalls
  • Phrases students can use and reuse to help sharpen their analysis of historical interpretations
  • Consider examples of outstanding Section C responses that exemplify success


Dr Robin Bunce

Dr Robin Bunce is an experienced teacher and A Level Examiner. He designed and edits Hodder’s popular My Revision Notes series and has written several textbooks for GCSE and A Level History Students.