Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are heralded as the criteria by which the achievements of all students at GCSE are measured and categorised. The data is used by both DfE and Ofsted to measure success. This has profound implications for teachers and Heads of Department with regards to how their departments are viewed and how successful they are. Led by a former Deputy Head, Head of History and current Ofsted inspector, this new course explores the implications of using Progress 8 and Attainment 8 data for teachers of History and demonstrates how to use this information to improve the quality of student performance and outcomes in GCSE History.


  • Improve your understanding of how the accountability measures impact on your History teaching
  • Obtain methods by which data and tracking can be used to boost student performance
  • Take away strategies for ensuring the engagement of all students
  • Learn how to help students of all abilities fulfil their potential at GCSE History
COURSE DATES London Friday 10 May 2019
London Monday 14 October 2019
  • Heads of History/Subject Leaders of History
  • Aspiring/Newly appointed Heads of History
  • Teachers with responsibility for 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 – 11.15am
Measures of Accountability: Progress 8 and Attainment 8

  • How Progress 8 and Attainment 8 work – and the relationship with the EBacc
  • Implications of Progress 8 and Attainment 8 on GCSE Options choices
  • Progress and Attainment 8 in History – issues, challenges and strengths for this subject
  • Reviewing national and school data to understand your position and improve it
  • Methods of data tracking and usage which improve student performance

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
The Impact of Progress 8 and Attainment 8 on different GCSE History Groups

  • Teaching approaches to ensure the achievement of the highest attainers
  • Making sure the most able do not slip – how this affects data and approaches to prevent this
  • Strategies to secure the achievements of mid-range and low attaining students
  • Empowering GCSE students to work effectively with historical knowledge and sources

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Strategies for Teaching Students Working at Grades 4 and 5

  • The significance of this group for Progress and Attainment 8
  • Practical tips, techniques for your classroom and department to keep students on track
  • Simplifying course content with strategies for making content accessible
  • Exploration of the requirements of Grade 4 and 5 answers, to ensure pupil progress
  • Creating materials for those learners who require extra support

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.45pm
Strategies for Teaching Students Working at Grades 7 to 9

  • Strategies for moving students from narratives to explanations
  • Tips and techniques for working with sources
  • How to teach complex thinking in examination answers
  • The importance of high ability students for excellent Progress and Attainment 8 results

Summary and depart

Dr Paul Johnson

Paul is an experienced examiner, Deputy Head and trainer with more than 35 years’ teaching experience in a range of educational contexts. He is a Senior Examiner with a leading examination board, a former Principal Moderator and the author of a number of text books and articles on the craft of history teaching. He could recently be heard on BBC radio giving advice on Revision Hacks for parents and students.

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