This NEW Physics conference will provide students with a highly valuable and motivational revision day.  The conference has been designed to have interactive sessions throughout the day which are all directly related to specification and assessment content.

Students will high quality advice, guidance and examples from senior examiners for producing examination answers of the highest levels.


  • Experience a unique opportunity to hear from leading experts and senior examiners in the same event
  • Ask questions direct to experts on key topics from the specification
  • Gain top level advice and guidance on how to access the higher grades in examinations
  • Enhance your understanding of key areas of Physics, all linked directly to the exam papers
  • Take part in interactive examiner workshops to improve performance in the exams
  • Take away a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers
 DATE AND LOCATION  London | Thursday 2 April 2020
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference


10.15 – 10.20am
Welcome and introductions

10.20 – 11.20am
Answering Paper 1: Modelling Physics well

  • Challenging mathematical features in Forces and Motion module (eg. resolving vectors, algebraic expressions and trigonometry)
  • Improving understanding and application of the concepts of fields and harmonic motion
  • Deep analysis of mark schemes to identify what are examiners looking for?
  • Marking exercise on student answers to demonstrate what differentiates responses and gets higher marks – presentation of work, understanding of command words and deep knowledge of practical skills

11.20 – 11.40 am
Break – submit your questions for our expert and win a prize

Answering Paper 2: Exploring Physics well

  • Addressing challenging questions in circuit analysis, interference and electromagnetic induction
  • Developing the key terminology needed to gain marks
  • Effective and efficient approaches to MCQs
  • Developing protocols for laying out calculations which ensure accuracy and improve clarity
  • Activity: writing model answers

12.40- 1.30pm

1.30 -1.40pm
Ask the examiner – student questions on A-level Physics are answered by our experts

1.40 – 2.40pm
Paper 3: Unified Physics:

  • Six mark (LOR) questions: student activity comparing answers at different marks, to decode what examiners are looking for
  • Identifying the generic features of high-level responses to the practical-based questions through analysis of mark-schemes
  • Using the Practical Skills handbook to prepare for Paper 3

2.40- 3.15pm
Session 2: Paper 1 and 2 Practical Skills and Data Analysis

Workshop session on improving quality of responses to exam questions from Papers 1 and 2:

  • Aiming for clear and accurate responses to problem-based questions
  • Using appropriate technical language in descriptive and explanatory responses
  • Applying the practical skills indicated in the handbook to practical-based questions
  • Using effective approaches to MCQs

Students will work through selected questions to address these skills.

3.15 – 3.30 pm
Exam technique, Final Top Tips and Close

  • Work on improving your communication with the examiner who marks your paper
  • Use time management methods to maximise effectiveness of your exam time
  • Ensure that you understand what the question is asking for
  • Be over-prepared for the paper, do not leave things to chance.

Alessio Bernadelli

Alessio has 14 years of teaching experience and has worked as Head of KS3 Science for five years. He also worked as Field Development Officer for NGfL Cymru, as Science Subject Lead at TSL Education (TES) and as National Support Programme Partner in Wales with CfBT. He won a number of national and international education awards for the innovative and creative way he integrates emerging technologies in education. One of these awards is the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Education Forum, 2007. He is an accredited Microsoft Peer Coaching Facilitator, one of few Partners In Learning Top Tiered Teachers worldwide, a TASC Framework Specialist, an Official iMindMap Leader and a Teacher Network Coordinator for the Institute of Physics, as well as one of the Editors of TalkPhysics.org. Alessio is currently working part-time with The Institute of Physics while also completing an MSc in Teacher Education at the University of Oxford. He has also developed and led programmes of CPD for the British Council at National level in Mexico, Malaysia and Colombia.

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.

Martin Gallacher

Martin is a current Head of Physics which he carries out as part of his wider role as Assistant Head of Sixth Form at a large FE College. He has 14 years’ experience teaching A-level Physics in Secondary Schools and Colleges to students of all abilities from a wide range of backgrounds. Martin has been an OCR A-level Physics Examiner for the past 7 years and a Team Leader for the past 3 years.

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT

A-level Physics