This course will demonstrate how to achieve excellent results across your A-level Geography cohort. Looking closely at AQA feedback and assessments, Sally will explore how to embed key learning and skills into your students and ensure that they are ready for the specific challenges of the AQA examinations, allowing students to take the exams with confidence.


  • Increased understanding of the requirements for students to achieve excellent results in AQA A-level Geography
  • Obtain practical and valuable ideas and teaching methods to increase student understanding and performance
  • Gain teaching and learning ideas and strategies to improve results across all of the ability range
  • Take away high quality examples and resources which you can use immediately in your teaching
  • The opportunity to ask questions of a highly experienced Geographer
COURSE DATES London Thursday 06 December 2018
London Thursday 14 February 2019
  • Teachers of AQA A-level Geography looking to improve results further
  • Heads of Department
  • Teachers new to AQA A-level Geography
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 10.45am: Lessons from the 2018 examinations and how to utilise them for effective teaching

  • An exploration of the key issues arising from the 2018 examination series and what they means for achieving excellent results
  • Review of marking standards – what makes a good answer?
  • Implications for lesson planning and structuring the course effectively: how to ensure the key subject skills are embedded to the right standard from the start

10.45 – 11.15am: Picking up the ‘easy’ marks

  • How to effectively deal with multiple choice and point marked answers – and how high achieving candidates can needlessly miss marks
  • Effective revision strategies for producing excellent results

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.30pm: Building confidence in the middle ground

  • How to successfully navigate resource based questions: building this into your teaching to ensure students are fully prepared
  • Effective structuring of answers to 6 and 9 mark questions
  • Confident case study use

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.30pm: Dealing with extended writing – the 20 mark question

  • Using the Assessment Objectives and level descriptors for effective teaching and learning
  • How detailed is detailed? Explore what examiners are really looking for and how to instil those skills in students
  • Meeting the challenge of synopticity – classroom teaching and learning ideas to make this straightforward for students

2.30 – 2.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.45 – 3.45pm: Overcoming barriers to success

  • Creative strategies to cater for a range of student abilities
  • Gaining confidence in engaging the less motivated – strategies and methods that work
  • Using target setting and feedback for effective progression

3.45pm: Final advice on getting students exam ready and plenary

Sally Norris

Sally Norris is a senior exam marker and trainer for a major examining board. A former head of Geography she has extensive experience of teaching GCSE and A level across the ability range. Sally currently works in a large comprehensive school near Sheffield.

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