This NEW conference, is designed in the light of the 2018 examinations. The revamped conference will focus on challenging areas, how to boost grades and how to meet the demands of the questions for examination success in 2019.

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.

The conference is designed for students of all examination boards.


  • 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
IN-SCHOOL Book this as an In-School Conference

10.15 – 10.25am
Welcome and introduction – plan for the day: Alessio Bernadelli

  • An Overview of the 2018 Physics exams – what were the key points for students to build upon

10.25 – 11.00am
Tricky ‘Year 1’ topics – tips on how to approach questions in Mechanics, Electricity and Quantum Effects: Howard Dodd

  • Our expert Physicist explores the most effective revision ideas for topics taught in Year 1 of the course
  • Use of key ideas and looking for clues in the questions: what are examiners looking for?
  • Marking exercise on student answers to demonstrate what differentiates responses and gets higher marks

11.00 – 11.15am

  • Submit your questions for our expert and win a prize

11.15 – 12.00pm
Expert talk – the ethical issues around nuclear power: energy and weaponry: Alessio Bernadelli

  • Our expert will consider current debates and arguments in the scientific and wider communities about this key topic
  • Investigation of possible implications for future scientific progress
  • How to link such information relevantly to exam questions
  • An opportunity to ask questions of our experts

12.00 – 12.45pm
Tricky ‘Year 2’ Topics -tips on how to approach questions in Fields and Electromagnetism: Howard Dodd

  • Understanding the examiner, so that answers meet their requirements
  • Key topic issues: what was answered well and poorly in 2018?
  • Student activity comparing answers on these topics

12.45 – 1.00pm
Independent study strategies – effective strategies when revising on your own: Alessio Barnadelli

  • Including how to make best use of lessons learned from practical activities in exam answers

1.00 – 1.30pm

1.30 – 2.10pm
Examiner top tips – techniques for answering different types of questions: Martin Gallagher

  • Our expert looks at how to ensure high marks in the different types of questions, using examples from across the assessments
  • Multi-choice – top tips for not missing out on marks
  • Problem solving – example answers to demonstrate good and bad practice
  • Extended answer – how to ‘think like a scientist’

2.10 – 2.30pm
Particles and Particle Physics – how to prepare for the exam on this area: Martin Gallagher

2.30 – 2.45pm

2.45 – 2.55pm
Quiz box – student questions on A-level Physics are answered by our experts: Howard Dodd, Alessio Bernadelli, Martin Gallagher

2.55 – 3.10pm
Unfamiliar contexts – approaching contextual questions with confidence: Martin Gallagher

  • Putting exam techniques together to ‘cut through’ the context
  • High quality usage of transferrable skills

3.10 – 3.20pm
Final Top Tips and Close: Howard Dodd

  • What students can do after today to improve their exam results

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