This course will provide expert advice and activities to help ensure that students achieve at least a Grade 4 and meet their potential. Expert examiner feedback from recent exams will be used to draw out key areas where students struggle and succeed. Delegates will explore teaching approaches for the content in addition to working on strategies to support the development of AO2 and AO3 techniques at KS3 and KS4.

** laptops and internet access needed throughout the day


  • Obtain AQA specific skills and advice to make sure that students achieve their potential and obtain at least a Grade 4 in the examinations
  • Our expert examiner provides first-hand knowledge of experiences from the first two years of the new Mathematics (9-1) GCSE to help strengthen student performance
  • Take away materials to help develop student reasoning, understanding and confidence
  • Activities and guidance from real student responses which can be used to boost student performance
  • Increase the likelihood student success in achieving grades 4 and 5 with AQA
COURSE DATE In-school only
  • All teachers of AQA GCSE Mathematics
  • Non-specialist Mathematics teachers who may be delivering revision sessions for Year 11
  • Heads of Mathematics
  • Trainee teachers; NQTs and members of the SLT responsible for Mathematics
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: Establishing the standard and differentiating appropriately

  • The requirements for students at Grades 4 and 5 on the AQA specification: ensuring that you are teaching to the required levels
  • Student context: how to review the ability of mid-range students and set appropriate tasks to maintain their progress
  • Achieving their target grade: how to use appropriate facilities and information to keep students on track
  • Advice from an expert AQA examiner on appropriate tiering choices for their papers – how can this affect student success?
  • Evaluate recent AQA exam questions to understand how best to place students and make sure that they are working at the appropriate level

11.00 – 11.20am: Discussion: coffee break


11.20 – 11.50am: AQA Feedback on student performance over the last 2 years

  • AQA Exam feedback: areas of strength and areas for improvement, patterns to note – how this information should be utilised to improve teaching and learning
  • Examples of AQA answers to see where mid ranking students lose marks and how to avoid this
  • Examining the standard: answers for the Higher and Foundation tier papers and what the examiners expect for each
  • Making best use of the multiple choice questions to harvest the 10% of the total marks available

11.50 – 12.40pm: Teaching key content for the AQA Foundation tier

  • A hands on session looking at resources and approaches for teaching algebra (including simultaneous equations), trigonometry and other topics
  • Designing the learning to ensure mid-range students succeed on these
  • Supporting students’ understanding through the use of real-life questions – how this can help with independent and structured learning
  • Expert advice on classroom approaches to maintain student confidence and understanding

12.40 – 1.40pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.40 - 2.30pm: Higher tier students

  • What those entered for Tier H need to know above those entering for Tier F
  • How to stop your Grades 4, 5 and 6 students slipping up on the Higher Tier papers: advice, tactics and teaching methods
  • Providing appropriate feedback to keep mid-range Tier H students on track

2.30 – 2.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.45 – 3.35pm: Developing problem solving for Grades 4 and 5

  • Considering progression and assessment in problem solving – how to hit and maintain the appropriate levels of progression
  • Designing lessons to integrate problem solving into Maths
  • Problem solving for exams: how to ensure student success, including reviewing AQA answers to see common strengths and pitfalls

3.35 – 3.45pm: Final summary and depart

Will Rigby

Will has taught and examined Mathematics from years 5-13 for almost 4 decades. He is a former Chief Examiner; Senior Examiner and Maths Adviser to 4 UK governments; LA’s and Academy Trusts. He is a former Regional Adviser on the CMSP; Ofqual subject expert and has authored a number of textbooks.

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