Tuesday 26 January 2021
Tuesday 20 April 2021
Tuesday 22 June 2021

TIME: 1.30pm-5pm 


This will be a friendly action packed session providing key tips and support to those new to an economics classroom, where that be those new to teaching, straight out of an economics degree, or those who specialism is in different subjects, often maths, business or geography and are now asked to teach a class of economics.

The course will support those economists new to the class room by identifying the depth they need for theories. For those new to the subject, we will look at the key 15 theories you must understand to support your students, and how to apply them to a number of different topic areas. Obviously in your teaching you’ll need to understand more than 15 theories but mastering these 15 will be key to success for your students in the exam.

This session is to support teachers to help their students obtain the highest grades. The course will look carefully at the key assessment criteria’s – application, analysis and evaluation and discuss key strategies teachers can use to maximise student’s marks in exams. We will consider the best ways to use writing frames.  We will cover what you need to do in each exam.

We will also discuss the best ways to use real life examples in the classroom, both the issues and best practice. We will also touch on the best revision strategies and how to tackle each of the three exams.  Whilst the CPD will be packed with ideas and tips, there will be opportunities to discuss the delegates ideas and formulate solutions, and gain support for colleagues.


  • For new to economics teachers to identify the key theories that you need to know to support your students through A level economics. The theories will include elasticity, exchange rates, comparative advantage, Average revenue and Marginal revenue theory to make a few!
  • For New to teaching economists to support understanding of the depth required of specific topics so students are not over taught.
  • To support teachers in ensuring they understand the assessment criteria’s
  • To outline the key components of each of the three exam papers.
  • To support teachers by offering ideas for successful independent learning
  • To discuss different revision techniques and resources and share good practice. strategies for synoptic paper 3
  • Teachers new to the subject
  • Teachers new to teaching A-level
  • NQT and early teachers
  • Economic teachers that want to fast track their teaching
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • You will receive a specially prepared file electronically containing detailed notes, and teaching materials and resources which will be of immediate practical benefit in the classroom.
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

Start 1pm Introduction: Key challenges of Economics

  • Key challenges of teaching Economics: understanding the key theories and the skills required to excel in the examinations.
  • introductions and compilation of delegates wish list for the course.
  • Course outline for the day

Top diagrams and main theories- what they are and how to teach they effectively

  • In this session the top diagrams and theories needed to understand economics A’level. This will include a brief review of each theory and how it can be applied to different topic areas.
  • The theories will include elasticity, exchange rates, comparative advantage, Average revenue and Marginal revenue theory! Each theory will be discussed focusing on the key elements and application of that theory across topics.

Online learning and independent learning maximising its effect within the course

  • In this session we will consider the use of online technology and independent learning to support economics students as well as the Free Online resources and exam board resources for teachers to use for revision with their students.


Exam Tactics for Reaching the Highest Grades

  • In this session we will consider what each exam paper involves and how to support your students in tackling each exam paper. We will consider strategies to tackle paper 3 including topic cross overs.
  • Retention, recall and deployment.
  • The best use of scaffolds: the best way to support to students.
  • Key assessment objectives of application, analysis and evaluation. Practical support will be offered to ensure delegates understand the key assessment objectives and therefore what students need to do to obtain the highest grades.
  • Varying commentary practice to stretch the most able.
  • Revision ideas to help students produce high grade answers.
  • Working to the standard: review of specimen scripts.

Plenary and recap

Finish 5PM

Helen Gordon

Helen Gordon is a senior examiner and lead economics teacher, with over twelve years’ experience teaching with one of the ‘outstanding’ leading sixth forms in the UK. She has been commissioned to write many resources for business and economics. Helen has experience of supporting a range of teachers inside the economics classroom. She has over 15 years’ experience in developing teaching and learning strategies and coaching others to improve their pedagogy and student outcomes. She is friendly and enthusiastic and is keen to share experiences and find solutions.