This intensive one-day course will focus on skills, strategies and techniques that will improve the performance in the new AQA GCSE Design and Technology specification. In particular, the course will focus on outstanding teaching and learning strategies and how these contribute to achieving a 100% pass rate. The course will be delivered by a high performing teacher who has consistently delivered exceptional value added over the last 10 years.


  • 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 grades 5-9 at GCSE
  • Develop the ability to deliver consistently outstanding lessons, the key to grades 5-9 success
  • Plan opportunities to embed ‘outstanding’ practice into lessons
COURSE DATE In-school only
  • Heads of department and teachers of AQA D&T courses
  • Teachers of AQA Product Design
  • Departments or teachers who are considering delivering AQA GCSE D&T courses
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: Issues related to AQA GCSE D&T: overcoming barriers to outstanding results

  • Overview of the key issues and challenges related to AQA GCSE specification
  • Exploring the exam boards expectations
  • Identifying the most important qualities and skills (teaching, course structure, assessment issues etc.) needed to reach 100% grades 5-9 at GCSE

10.30 – 10.50am: Discussion: coffee break


10.50 – 12.00pm: Outstanding Teaching for outstanding outcomes

  • Exploring the key elements of an outstanding lesson for AQA GCSE D & T: use of data and monitoring, objectives, outcomes, mini plenaries, challenge and differentiation, and feedback and marking
  • Encouraging independent learning through quality AfL and peer assessment approaches
  • The use of high quality lesson plans and resources to support outstanding teaching

12.00 – 1.00pm: Raising standards in GCSE: grades 5-9 success in the examination

  • Identifying where students are not hitting the assessment criteria: an examiners view
  • Developing effective exam skills
  • Alternative teaching strategies and approaches to support student success

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 2.45pm: Raising standards in GCSE: mastering the non-exam assessment

  • Fresh ideas to reinvigorate teaching for outstanding outcomes in each section of the non-exam assessment
  • Monitoring progress & supporting students appropriately
  • How to give students the skills they need to get excellent results in the non-exam assessments
  • Alternative course structures to raise attainment

2.45 – 3.40pm: To develop an understanding of the relationship between the non-exam and theoretical content

  • Effective ‘joined-up’ teaching strategies: making connections and links in your teaching to use the non-exam assessment to improve exam performance
  • Preparing for the new GCSE Design & Technology specification

3.40 – 3.50pm: Afternoon tea, discussion and depart

Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson works as a teacher and consultant, specialising in Design & Technology and Engineering. His students have consistently achieved outstanding value added, typically exceeding their targets by 1.5 to 2 grades, both in his roles as a teacher and when he was Head of Technology in one of the most challenging schools in the country. Paul 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 has had several senior examiner roles for two exam boards and is a teacher adviser to the IET and Discovery Science. He has also written or co-authored nine Design & Technology textbooks, along with over 100 published teaching resources.

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