ABOUT THIS COURSE

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.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • 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
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? 
  • NQTs and RQTSs
  • Teachers new to AQA
  • Heads of Department
COURSE CODE 7253
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
INCLUDED
  • 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Historical content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
Resources

  • 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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