This intensive one-day course focusses on raising attainment in AQA GCSE Engineering. We will focus on effective strategies to deliver the non-exam assessment (NEA); monitoring, tracking and supporting learner’s progress; developing independent learning; and building exam skills, particularly in the areas where learners tend to struggle. The approaches used have been proven in school to deliver higher attainment.


  • 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 access and achieve the highest levels in the NEA
  • Understand how to apply assessment for learning effectively within the NEA
  • Understand how to address the maths content
  • Improve attainment in GCSE exams
  • Sharing good practice
  • Take away strategies and resources for excellent lessons
DATE & LOCATION Online | Tuesday 29 June 2021
Online | Tuesday 13 July 2021
  • Heads of department and teachers who are delivering the AQA GCSE Engineering specification
  • Teachers who are considering changing to AQA GCSE Engineering 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 – 10.20am
Making Sense of the GCSE Engineering Specification Requirements

  • Overview of how the national picture of Engineering qualifications is changing
  • AQA GCSE Engineering – overview of the specification
  • Exploring the exam boards expectations

10.30 – 11.15am
Understanding the specification: Preparing for Success

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

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
Maximising Performance in the NEA

  • Alternative routes through the NEA l Suggestions to maximise attainment at each stage in the NEA
  • Teaching and learning strategies that maximise pace and performance
  • 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 Engineering Exams

  • 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 maths requirements: approaches and supporting resources

2.45 – 3.00pm: Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.45pm
Pulling It All Together

  • Effective ‘joined-up’ teaching strategies: using the NEA to improve exam performance
  • Preparing for success: how to develop the essential skills in Year 10

3.45 – 4.00pm
Questions then depart

Paul Anderson

Paul is an award-winning teacher and consultant, specialising in Engineering and Design & Technology. His students have consistently achieved outstanding value-added, typically exceeding their targets by 1.5 to 2 grades. Paul was awarded a Gatsby fellowship for his work in D&T and has had several senior examiner roles for engineering qualifications, including Principal Moderator and Chief Examiner. He has also written or co-authored sixteen Engineering and Design & Technology textbooks, along with over 100 published teaching resources.