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AQA GCSE Mathematics: Accessing Grades 7-9

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The focus of this refreshed student revision conference is to support students who are already working at Grade 7+ in achieving the highest grade possible in their 2023 examinations.

This conference will focus on challenging areas identified by experts, and support students to develop the expected skills required for problem solving approaches to solutions. This will enable them to access higher tiered problems and be able to approach and present their solutions in a coherent manner.


  • Learn how to boost grades to the highest levels in key areas and meet the demands of the most challenging exam questions
  • Develop high quality examination technique, understanding and confidence to raise attainment
  • Benefit from a full range of practical questions for Problem Solving; Functionality; Reasoning and Students’ Inference skills
  • Develop critical thinking approaches to highest tariff questions to enable students to unlock and feel confident approaching the most complex mathematical scenarios
  • Ask questions of and gain advice and guidance from expert examiners
  • A fast-paced day with practical activities included to keep students engaged and motivated: take away the most crucial strategies for exam success
  • Student workbook to allow application of skills, knowledge and understanding throughout the sessions and beyond
  • Can be tailored as an in-school conference


Welcome and Introductions with problem solving challenge

10.00am – 10.10am

Key messages – How to ensure you hit grade 7+

10.10 – 10.30am
  • Obtain expert guidance on areas to focus and avoid, based on previous examination series
  • Gain understanding on how to be awarded maximum marks for working and answers
  • Where do Grade 7-9 students miss out on marks
  • Gain knowledge of how to develop grade 7-9 answers to pick up crucial marks


10.30 – 11.00pm
  • What is the examiner looking for in the grade 7+ problems
  • How do the best students miss out on marks
  • Develop critical understanding of how to approach vector geometry problems
  • Explore proof with vectors for parallel and co-linear lines and sound mathematical communication of these

Morning Break

11.00 – 11.20am


11.20 – 12.00pm
  • How to secure the AO1 marks easily
  • Become fluent with Composite Functions
  • Ensure good structures for presentation of solutions with Inverse Functions
  • Review answers to see the common mistakes to avoid

Graphical geometry problems

12.00 – 12.40pm
  • How do you unlock complex geometry problems such as those with linear and circular graphs
  • Develop critical thinking from secure knowledge of parallel, perpendicular and circular graphs right up to grade 9
  • What are the linked areas of mathematics that underpin complex graphical solutions – how to spot these
  • Getting to grips with Graphs of Trigonometric Functions and Transformations of Graphs


12.40 – 1.20pm

Question Box for the presenters – prize for best question

1.20 – 1.35pm

Reasoning and Problem Solving

1.35 – 2.05pm
  • Improve student inference skills and conclusions to produce excellent answers
  • How to present successful arguments and proofs
  • Developing reasoning and an algebraic approach to coherent solutions – how to stand out by producing high quality mathematical solutions with excellent structure and clarity
  • Maximising marks in AO2 and AO3 questions: how to unlock the complex questions and approach solutions with sound mathematical structure
  • Mark examples of work to develop an understanding of marking approaches and scoring methods

Other crucial areas to secure 7+

2.05 – 3.00pm
  • Expert insight into other vital areas to enable you to secure grade 7+
  • Challenging questions from Histograms, Distance and Velocity – Time graphs, Quadratics, Linear/Non-Linear Simultaneous Equations, Circle Theorems, Bounds and more

Final Top Tips from and close

3.00 – 3.15pm
  • Final Top tips and expert advice
  • “Getting ready to achieve your Best Grade” – what students should do after today!


The Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DJ | Thursday 09 March 2023
The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1DA | Tuesday 28 February 2023

Please select your preferred date

This conference, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Neil Dolan is an experienced Senior Examiner and has written questions for Functional Exams. He has been a Regional Maths Director and a Director of Maths in numerous schools, delivering rapid improvement across all posts. He is currently a Director at Donlan Educational Solutions and has been teaching Mathematics for almost 20 years. Neil designs and delivers student and staff conferences for Leadership and Maths for AQA.

2nd Conference Leader – examiner and current practitioner for AQA GCSE Maths


  • A Specially prepared notes, practical advice and guidance by the course leader
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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