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Activities, Discussions and Background Material for A Level

A level teaching is often deeply enjoyable and rewarding. This stems, I think, from the combination of experiences – the chance to get to know the students really well, the opportunity to develop the depth of knowledge we need as teachers, the challenge of thinking hard about teaching so that we help students learn most effectively. Teaching at A level is just as demanding technically as at any other level and we need to use at least as wide a range of activities to deepen students' knowledge and understanding.

This page links to activities and resources and to broader discussions of some key features of A level teaching and also to collections of resources on two favourite topics of mine.

If you are new to A level teaching there is much in Teaching Guidance section which is relevant, even though there is no individual section on A level.

See the full list of A level resources HERE …

Raising Attainment

A series of articles by Dale Banham and myself identifying and exploring key strategies for improving students’ attainment.


General Teaching Techniques

A range of teaching ideas and techniques that can be used in a variety of contexts.

See the resources HERE …

Teaching & Learning at A Level

Discussions exploring general aspects of A Level teaching:

• Developing Independent Learning at A level and undergraduates HERE …

• Helping students identify different types of history books (Updated 2019) HERE …

• Independent Learning at A Level HERE …

• Timelines & Time-Stories HERE …

Resources by Period

Activities, discussions and background material divided by period as follows:

• c.1000-1450
• 1450-1700
• 1700-1900
• 1900 & After

See the resources HERE …

The Wars of the Roses

Resources for teaching the most fascinating subject of all!

See the resources HERE …


Henry VII – Past Articles

• Henry VII: Diligent bureaucrat or paranoid blunderer? HERE …

• Henry VII: Out of the shadows? HERE …




Latest Additions

Four activities for A level on Richard III

Developing Independent Learning 16‑21

Richard III and the problem of how to secure the south

Are All History Books the Same? Updated 2019

Eye Spy Gestapo

The reign of Elizabeth I: A Scripted Drama

1646-9: Who was the blame for the execution of the King?

Wars of the Roses
‘Who’s Who’ (HA site)

Wars of the Roses Sources (HA site)

Hundred Years War Sources (HA site)

Different Types of History Books

Martin Luther and the Road to Worms

Henry VII & the Early Tudors

Flipped Learning & Independent Study

Helping Students with Provenance

The Fishpool Hoard & Lancastrian Resistance

The Ryther Hoard & Lambert Simnel

The Impact of the Normans

Burgundians, Orleanists and Armagnacs

Who's Who?

Raising Attainment