This course is targeted at experienced A level Business teachers. Join Simon as he examines the key factors that must be focused upon to allow students of all ability ranges to exceed their targets. Providing practical approaches and proven resources that work in the classroom, you will leave the course with a clear understanding of how to maximise the results of your students.


  • Gain a clear understanding of the key factors to focus on to achieve outstanding results
  • Develop approaches that work in teaching the ’difficult topics’
  • Utilise successful techniques which ensure students understand and meet the assessment objectives in the mark schemes
  • Take away a clear and proven plan that structures student exam preparation
COURSE DATES London | Monday 9 March 2020
  • Heads of Business departments
  • Experienced teachers of A-level Business
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 – 11.00am
The Key Factors Influencing A level Business Results

  • Which factors influence final results? How important is the teaching of content compared with the development of skills and exam technique and what are the other key issues to focus on?
  • The importance of the motivation and management of students. Which approaches pay dividends?
  • Finding the balance between content and exam technique.
  • The importance of structured exam preparation. How long should be spent on it, what is the best way to organise this and how much should you do for them?
  • Common themes for improvement from recent Examiner’s Reports

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.00pm
Approaches to delivering the course that work for students

  • Different approaches to course organisation and what are the key elements to include over the two years?
  • The importance of a regular focus on key skills. What is the right balance?
  • Ensuring your students develop the ability to demonstrate the higher order skills of application, analysis and evaluation that are fundamental to high grades.
  • Marking work and closing the gap

12.00 – 12.30pm
Teaching the ‘Difficult Topics’

  • Which topics are the difficult ones? Ideas to help students get to grips with them for the exam.
  • How much depth is needed for top grades?
  • Approaches to give students a clear understanding of Porter and Ansoff and how to apply them to given scenarios
  • Network diagrams and operational performance
  • Practical ideas of how to deliver the topics your students struggle with

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.15pm
Teaching the ‘Difficult Topics’

  • Calculating payback and ARR
  • Strategic direction and methods
  • Teaching case studies well – hints, tips and examples

2.15 – 2.30pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.30 – 3.30pm
Preparing Students for the Examinations

  • Organisation and planning the last 2 months of the course
  • A detailed look at structuring the revision of content, exam preparation and past paper completion
  • Resources that work and exemplar answers
  • Key focus areas for each of the 3 papers
  • Different question types and how to structure great answers to them: dealing with case studies and data response
  • Ensuring success on multiple choice questions
  • Nailing the crucial evaluation-heavy, big mark questions

3.30 – 3.45pm
Plenary / Questions/ Networking opportunities

Simon Heaton

Simon has taught A-level business for over 20 years and is also Assistant Headteacher/ Head of Sixth Form at a large comprehensive school in the North West. As head of department he has led a team ranked as achieving the best A-level Business results in England on 4 occasions by the Good Schools Guide.