This course is designed to help teachers either new to teaching GCSE History or new to AQA GCSE History. We will cover how to plan the course over a period of 2 or 3 years; what is expected in the examination (including sample answers and how to approach the Historic Environment); how to make the course accessible for all (including activities and resources to help students access the course) and activities and resources to help students achieve the highest levels.


  • Obtain resources and strategies for teaching AQA GCSE History excellently
  • Learn exactly what is expected in the examinations and how to teach these skills
  • Develop your planning skills to make sure you make effective use of time
  • Develop tactics to help students access the course and work at the right standard
  • Increase your understanding of how to access the top grades
COURSE DATE London Monday 24 June 2019
  • NQTs and RQTSs
  • Teachers new to AQA
  • Heads of Department
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 – 10.30am
The Big Picture

  • What is on the specification? A look at the key issues and areas you must consider
  • What are the key challenges in teaching the course? How to try and overcome these
  • Suggestions for how to structure a scheme of work to make learning effective
  • Guidance on how to make sure you cover the content in enough detail and in time
  • Examples of how to structure your teaching over a 2 or 3 year period, to ensure student progress

10.30 – 11.00am
Historical content

  • The key issues and challenges for each area of the specification
  • Teaching approaches for the most popular course options: Conflict and Tension 1919-39; Germany; Elizabeth; Health

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.00pm
Historical interpretations

  • The key challenges of teaching Historical Interpretations at GCSE level
  • How to introduce interpretations to students – practical lesson ideas to take away
  • Supporting students who struggle to access the course and how to stretch the top end
  • Techniques for teaching interpretations examination questions, including model answers

12.00 – 12.45pm
Source work at GCSE

  • Practical ideas for introducing the complexity of GCSE source usage to students
  • Teaching approaches for ensuring students analyse sources effectively
  • Examples exercises to be used in the classroom for students of all abilities
  • Techniques for answering examination questions involving sources, including model answers

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm
How to approach teaching the exams

  • Essay technique: how to break it down for students. Different practical approaches for essays on Paper 1 and 2 with model answers
  • Practical teaching ideas for all levels of ability

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.30pm
The challenges of teaching the Historic environment

  • The specific issues of teaching the Historic Environment with AQA
  • Understanding and using the site for excellent teaching of the HE
  • Practical teaching ideas for ensuring wider understanding of the topic
  • Model answers to questions on the Historic Environment

3.30 – 3.45pm

  • Excellent teaching resources on the AQA options and how best to use them
  • Final question and answers

Helena Clarke

Helena has over a decade of teaching and examining experience. She teaches at a large comprehensive school and has extensive experience with students of all abilities. She is an experienced national presenter and textbook author.

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