We are delighted to offer our new one day A level Physics Conference for summer 2018, which promises to be informative, engaging and stimulating for all A level Physics teachers, Heads of Science and other involved in teaching and promoting Physics at A Level.

The conference focuses on the new Physics A Level concepts, skills and topics that are key for students to understand to be successful on the course.

All the sessions are led by leading experts in Physics. We are pleased to welcome Dr Mike O’Neill (education consultant, author and teacher) who will be leading sessions on Getting the Most out of A level Physics For Your Students as well as an interactive workshop session on Building Mathematical Fluency in students.

We welcome also Neil Montiero who will be leading innovatory practical sessions focussing on ways of Developing Students Practical Skills for A Level Physics.

We also welcome back Howard Dodd, (Physics education consultant, A level Physics senior examiner, trainer, Ofsted inspector) who will be familiar to many of you, who will be leading key sessions on Mechanics, Electricity and Electromagneticism, and a final session on Maximising attainment in the A level Physics examinations.


  • Take away ideas and approaches for effective student preparation
  • Develop new strategies and approaches for teaching the key topics
  • Explore questions, question types and A/A* grades accessibility
  • Opportunity to discuss the specification 2nd year in
  • Engage with new ideas and strategies to inspire and challenge students


CONFERENCE DATE London Thursday 21 June 2018
WHO FOR?  A Level Physics teachers
Heads of Physics
Heads of Science
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 10.05am: Welcome and Introduction

Mike O’Neill


10.05 - 10.50am: Getting the Most out of A level Physics For Your Students

  • Identifying the potential barriers to learning at A level Physics
  • Getting off to a great start on the ‘B of the Bang’ – knowing your students’ starting points
  • Metacognition – its role in developing independent and autonomous learners who can reflect on their progress
  • Effectively using pre-assessment and pre-mortems. Developing student clarity in A level Physics – leaving nothing to chance.

Mike O’Neill


10.50 – 11.10am: Discussion: coffee break


11.10 – 12.00pm: Making Good A Level Physics Lessons Brilliant!

  • Developing students interest in A Level Physics with demonstrations
  • Increasing understanding of the scientific method with experiments that are genuine mysteries
  • Engaging and inspiring students through engagement with practical and investigative work
  • Errors, accuracy and precision. What are they and how do I deal with them?

Neil Monteiro


12.00 – 1.00pm Option Strand 1

Either Option 1A: Innovative Approaches to the New Practical Skills in A level Physics

  • Innovatory demonstrations for approaches, ideas, and techniques to developing students practical skills in the key practical skills for A level Physics
  • Typical exam questions and how to prepare your students to answer them

Neil Monteiro

Or Option 1B: Mechanics

  • Testing for very common misconceptions in Force and motion and helping students to eliminate these
  • Effective teaching and learning strategies that engage students and provide mastery of the fundamental concepts
  • Answering typical A-level exam questions on mechanics to maximise students’ marks

Howard Dodd


1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.00pm: Option Strand 2

Either Option 2A: Mathematical Skills

  • The mathematical requirements for A Level Physics unravelled
  • Dealing with the hard stuff – addressing the most demanding mathematical material through thinking skills and questioning
  • “How good is this?” Interactive session to determine the quality of mathematical answers and how to close gaps.

Mike O’Neill

Or Option 2B: Electricity and Electromagnetism

  • Testing for very common misconceptions and helping students to eliminate these
  • Effective teaching and learning strategies that engage students and provide mastery of the fundamental concepts including the potential divider; EMF and internal resistance; electromagnetic induction; the force on a conductor principle and the current balance
  • Answering typical A-level exam questions to maximise students’ marks

Howard Dodd


3.00 – 3.45pm: Maximising attainment in the A-level examinations

  • Ensuring that the high attainers meet expectations
  • Boosting the confidence of the low attainers
  • The essential do’s and don’ts of dealing with the A-level examinations papers

Howard Dodd

Howard Dodd

Howard has worked as an A-level Physics Principal Examiner (writing exam papers and supervising marking) for over twenty years being employed by OCR, AQA and Edexcel.

He has taught A-level physics in a number of secondary schools, maintained and independent, and has extensive experience of leading very successful physics and science departments. Before becoming an educational consultant he lectured in Science and Physics Education for fifteen years at the University of Exeter. He is a qualified Ofsted inspector and continues to train and assess ITT trainees on the School Direct QTS training programmes. He has a national reputation for providing high quality and helpful in-service training courses for secondary and post-16 teachers.

Neil Monteiro

Neil is a science presenter based in the UK and working globally on science based videos and stage shows. He original qualified with a degree in Physics from Imperial College, London and still assists with engagement there as an Honorary outreach Lecturer.

Alongside presenting, he also teachers science communication for research and offers training in scientific thinking and decision making in the corporate world. He also works in education, specialising in improving interest in science through Science Theatre.

Dr Mike O’Neill

Dr O’Neill is an educational consultant, author and teacher. He specialises in developing teachers to become outstanding practitioners through the use of highly engaging and interactive strategies in the science classroom. He has a BSc in Physics from the University of Leicester and a Doctorate in Education (Thinking Skills) from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

In 2004, Mike won the Teaching Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School in the North East and Cumbria from the Teaching Awards Trust. Mike is a bestselling author, having being a writer for a variety of texts from KS3 to A Level.

He believes that through the delivery of outstanding pedagogy, all students and teachers can be engaged and challenged, leading to exceptional learning and the acquisition of fundamental skills, attitudes and behaviours.