This NEW conference, is designed in the light of the 2018 examinations. The revamped conference will focus on challenging areas, how to boost grades and how to meet the demands of the questions for examination success in 2019.

The focus of this NEW revision conference is to support students in securing their Grade 7 and work towards achieving higher grades in their GCSE Mathematics examinations. Following the first two years of these examinations, this conference will focus on challenging areas, and support students to develop the expected skills required for problem solving approaches to solutions. This will enable them to access higher tiered problems and be able to present their solutions in a coherent manner.


  • Learn how to boost grades in key areas and meet the demands of the most challenging exam questions
  • Develop examination technique, understanding and confidence to raise attainment
  • Benefit from a full range of practical questions for Problem Solving; Functionality; Reasoning and Students’ Inference skills
  • Functional skills and real-life scenarios will be a key focus throughout the conference
  • Ask questions of and gain advice and guidance from expert examiners
CONFERENCE DATES Manchester Tuesday 19 March 2019
London Thursday 28 March 2019
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference


10.00 – 10.20am
Introduction and Welcome

10.20 – 11.00am
How to ensure the highest grades

  • Obtain expert guidance on areas to focus and avoid, based on previous papers
  • Gain understanding on how to be awarded maximum marks for working and answers
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: students mark examples to see how to ensure their work achieves top marks
  • There will be a specific focus in this session on developing students’ skills so as to improve their responses

11.00 – 11.20am
Morning break

11.20 – 12.20pm
Methods and Applications for AO1 Fluency – how to maximise that final grade

  • Explore how to ensure answers always cover the full AO1 mark scheme
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: Questions focusing on achieving Grades 7 to 9 – with example responses and challenging student activities.
  • Student exercise comparing responses, to see how maximise their answers for AO1
  • Quick fire strategies to avoid needlessly losing examination marks on these questions

12.20 – 12.50pm

12.50 – 1.50pm
Methods and Applications for AO2 Student Reasoning, Understanding and Inference

  • Question our expert examiners on how to strengthen these skills
  • Developing reasoning and an algebraic approach to coherent solutions – how to stand out by producing high quality solutions
  • Improving inference and functionality skills to produce excellent answers
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: examine strategies to tackle more complex problems through example responses

1.50 – 2.50pm
Methods and Applications for AO3 Problem Solving

  • Explore the importance of excellent Problem Solving for gaining top grades
  • Approaches to revision and answers that will give access to the highest grades
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: Examples of common misconceptions and errors that students make – how to avoid these and get those high marks!
  • Maximising marks in AO2 and AO3 questions: final examiner advice and Question and Answer session

2.50 – 3.00pm
Final Top Tips with the subject experts

  • “Getting ready to achieve your Best Grade” – what students need to do after today

Neil Donlan

Assistant Principal in a High school; Outstanding Mathematics Teacher and Subject Director whose department has experienced a rapid increase in GCSE examination results under his leadership.

Will Rigby

Secondary Mathematics Advisor to MAT’s, LA’s and governments. Regional Advisor for the DfE Core Maths Support Programme and vastly experienced mathematics teacher. Former Chief Examiner, Senior Examiner, Ofqual Subject Expert and author.

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT