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Pearson GCSE Maths: How to Help Students to Get Grades 7-9

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This new course is focused on meeting the demands of the higher level marking bands across all components. It examines the characteristics of work produced by students working at the highest levels and provides a range of teaching approaches and materials designed to ensure students achieve 7-9 in Pearson GCSE Maths.


  • Gain an informed understanding of what is required to achieve grades 7-9
  • Explore ideas and approaches that enable students to reach the highest grades possible in all 3 exam components
  • Understand the assessment demands of the Pearson GCSE Maths specification
  • Develop practical strategies for meeting the requirements of the higher bands across all components
  • Find out more about where marks are gained and lost
  • Increase confidence in preparing candidates to achieve Grades 7-9


Focused Deep Dive On The Demands Of The Pearson GCSE Specification

10.00 – 10.40am
  • Examine the assessment demands of all components including the use of assessment objectives as a framework for assessment
  • Consider the most effective models for delivery of the course to ensure effective assessment practice across 2 years and in all components
  • Do current students know what they need to do to ensure that they achieve the maximum grades
  • Explore feedback from the most recent exam series – How did your students perform, what went well and what needs to change for 2024?



10.40 – 11.00am

Achieving Grades 7 – 9 in Pearson GCSE Maths: what does it involve?

11.00 – 11.45am
  • Review characteristics of Grades 7 – 9 students
  • Grades 7, 8, and 9; what are the differences between these?
  • Exploring the content of this paper that will particularly fire the imagination of very able students

Exam Questions And Strategies To Support High Level Students

11.45 – 1.00pm
  • Identifying the range of question types on 1MA1/1H, 1MA1/2H, and 1MA1/3H
  • Problems created by not reading the question fully – examples of how marks are lost
  • Potential 7 – 9 – candidates – maximising all the marks available



1.00 – 2.00pm

Maximising Outcomes and Accessing Top Level Marks

2.00 – 3.00pm
  • How to achieve the highest grades tackling Algebra; Ratio, Proportion and Rates; Geometry and Measures
  • Review examples of typical question types for the highest weighted topics: what do top level students need to do?
  • Characteristics of the most successful candidates in maths
  • Boosting students from a grade 5/6 to a 7-9 grade


Afternoon Break

3.00 – 3.05pm

Strategies To Really Stretch Top End Students

3.05 – 3.40pm
  • Discover ways to take a good mathematician and make them great
  • How to structure lessons that allows for student autonomy
  • Creating opportunities to learn from peers, and using the resources available within your school


London | Monday 20 November 2023

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London | Monday 20 November 2023

This course, 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.


  • Teachers of Pearson GCSE Maths
  • Heads of Department
  • Teachers considering changing to Pearson GCSE


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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