This intensive one-day course is designed for Heads of Departments and teachers of GCSE Engineering 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 Engineering


  • 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 grade 5 – 9 in the controlled assessment
  • Understand how to apply assessment for learning effectively within the controlled assessment
  • Understand how to address the new maths content
  • Improve attainment in GCSE exams
  • Sharing good practice
  • Take away strategies for excellent lessons
  • 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 Engineering Specification
  • Curriculum Managers for Engineering
  • 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 – 10.30am: Making Sense of the GCSE Engineering Specification Requirements

  • Overview of the national picture in Engineering
  • AQA GCSE Engineering – 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 Engineering 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: Questions then depart

Paul Anderson

Paul 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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