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AQA GCSE Mathematics: Securing Grades 4-5

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This focus of this student revision conference, refreshed for 2023, is to support students in securing Grades 4 and 5 in their GCSE Mathematics examination. Students will develop the skills required for problem solving approaches; enabling them to access problems; have the skills to meet the challenges of answering Grade 4 and 5 questions and be able to present their solutions to examiners clearly.


  • A fast-paced day to keep students engaged and motivated: take away the most crucial strategies for exam success
  • Develop high quality examination technique, understanding and confidence
  • Gain first-hand guidance and advice from a subject expert, unpicking and addressing how to ensure students achieve those crucial 4/5 grades
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the subject expert
  • Take away conference notes with revision guidance that really works
  • Can be tailored as an in-school conference
  • Student workbook to allow application of skills, knowledge and understanding throughout the sessions and beyond


Welcome and Introductions with problem solving challenge

10.00am – 10.10am

Key overview for securing Grades 4 and 5

10.10 – 10.40am
  • Explore high quality revision tactics with our examiner and look at what worked in previous years’ exam answers
  • Where did students struggle in 2022
  • Obtain expert guidance on how to be awarded maximum marks for working out and answers
  • Gain knowledge of how to develop answers to pick up crucial marks
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: using examples of student answers, this is a hands-on practical marking activity with the students becoming the examiner

Pythagoras’ Theorem and Trigonometry

10.40 – 11.20pm
  • Get to grips with these challenging key topics
  • Explore how to spot hidden applications and break them down
  • Top Tips to secure full marks quickly
  • Avoid the pitfalls from previous students

Morning Break

11.20 – 11.40am

Area and Volume

11.40 – 12.20pm
  • Discover what the examiners are looking for and what not to do
  • Examine how to accurately carry out procedures that need multi-step solutions
  • Review and remember the important key facts, terminology and formulae
  • Practice application of approaches to the more complex area, surface area and volume problems – including in contexts and reverse problems

Averages – Mainly The Mean

12.20 – 12.50pm
  • Ensure fluency and understanding when problem solving with the Mean from frequency tables and grouped frequency tables – not just the basics
  • Tackle those tricky Reverse Mean problems with ease
  • Unpick the use of algebra within Mean problems and other average problems

<h3Lunch 12.50 – 1.30pm

Question Box for the presenters – prize for best question

1.30 – 1.45pm

Problem Solving and Reasoning – communicating mathematically

1.45 – 2.30pm
  • Excellent examiner guidance on developing reasoning and an algebraic approach to coherent solutions – “Someone has to read your working!”
  • Get the hang of those nasty wordy problems with various linked mathematical skills
  • Constructing chains of reasoning
  • Improve student inference skills and conclusions
  • Develop understanding of the use of algebra in solutions and spot when it can be used
  • How to present solutions clearly with good mathematical structure for multi-step problems
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: Workbook challenge – strategies to tackle more complex problems using example responses.

Other key areas to ensure securing grades 4/5

2.30 – 3.00pm
  • Quick fire hints and tips for more of those crucial areas to secure those crucial grades 4/5
  • Sequences, Graphs, Compound Measures, Transformations, Bounds, Angles and more
  • Explore Ratio from every angle and ensure you can identify the best approaches to secure full marks efficiently
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: Examples of the common misconceptions and errors that students make – and how to avoid these!

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 | Monday 06 March 2023
The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1DA | Monday 27 February 2023

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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 Speaker – 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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