This intensive one-day course is designed for Heads of Departments and teachers of GCSE Design & Technology who want to successfully implement the new GCSE specification. Led by an award winning teacher, former examiner and author, this practical course will focus on:

  • Effective strategies to implement the new specification
  • Maximising performance in both the controlled assessments and the GCSE examination
  • Developing independent learning in students
  • Top tips and strategies to improve performance at GCSE Design & Technology


  • Identify key elements of assessment criteria and how these contribute to success at all levels
  • Know how to select and implement a delivery structure so that all students can achieve A*- C in the controlled assessment and improve attainment in GCSE exams
  • Understand how to address the new maths content
  • Take away strategies for excellent lessons and share good practice
  • Understand how to use the new Key Stage 3 national curriculum to develop the skills needed in the GCSE
COURSE DATE In-school only
  • Heads of department and teachers who are considering delivering the new AQA GCSE Design & Technology Specification
  • Curriculum Managers for Design & Technology
  • Teachers who are considering changing to AQA GCSE Design & Technology specification
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 – 10.30am: Making Sense of the GCSE Design & Technology Specification Requirements

  • Overview of the national picture in Design & Technology
  • AQA GCSE Design & Technology – introduction to the new specification
  • Key differences between the old and new specifications
  • What does the exam board expect?

10.30 – 11.15am: Understanding the new specification: Preparing for Success

  • Detailed review of the requirements of the new specification
  • Exploring the assessment objectives and how these translate into planning
  • High quality resources to support learning and understanding

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.30pm: Maximising Performance in the Controlled Assessment

  • Alternative routes through the controlled assessment
  • Suggestions to maximise attainment at each stage in the controlled assessment
  • Teaching and learning strategies that maximise pace and performance
  • Preparing for success: how to develop the essential skills in Year 10
  • Improving attainment and independent learning through AfL and peer assessment
  • Monitoring progress & supporting students appropriately

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.45pm: Improving Attainment in the GCSE Design & Technology Exams

  • Understanding the structure of the new exam
  • Where students often fall down in exams and miss out on the higher grades: an examiner’s view
  • Developing effective exam skills and techniques to give students the edge
  • The new maths requirements: approaches and supporting resources

2.45 – 3.00pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.00 – 3.45pm: Pulling It All Together

  • Effective ‘joined-up’ teaching strategies: using the controlled assessment to improve exam performance
  • Using the new Key Stage 3 national curriculum to lay the foundations for success at GCSE

3.45 – 4.00pm: Final Questions Then Depart

Paul Anderson

Paul works as a teacher and consultant, specialising in Design & Technology and Design & Technology. When he was Head of Technology in one of the most challenging schools in the country, his students achieved outstanding value added. Paul has had several senior examiner roles for two exam boards, most recently as a Principal Moderator and Chair of Examiners. He was awarded a Gatsby fellowship for his work implementing Assessment for Learning in D&T and is an alumni member of the JDF Innovation Group. He is a teacher adviser to the IET and has also written or co-authored nine Design & Technology textbooks, along with over 100 published teaching resources.

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