This new course will support AQA GCSE Physics teachers in identifying ways to enable students to deepen and advance their understanding of GCSE Physics, to strengthen further the skills of high attaining learners so as to help ensure that they achieve the highest grades in their exams. The course will use feedback from 2018, along with proven teaching and learning ideas, to explore methods which maintain student motivation and progress. Drawing on research informed ideas participants will explore how to support students in making connections and apply ideas at the highest levels.


  • Learn from students’ performance in the recent AQA GCSE about areas which prevented high attaining students from achieving as well as possible
  • Explore a range of evidence-informed teaching approaches to advance top level students’ understanding in Physics
  • Develop strategies and techniques to extend Grade 8 and 9 students’ thinking and examination skills
  • Consider how to stretch top level students’ learning in Physics throughout the course, whilst maintaining motivation and progress to the AQA standard
  • Develop a range of practical ways to support students’ performance
COURSE DATES London Thursday 22 November 2018
London Wednesday 13 February 2019
  • All teachers of AQA GCSE Physics
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: Feedback on AQA Physics Exam Performance

  • Examine key areas students engaged in at the top levels in the 2018 GCSE AQA Physics exam, and aspects they found difficult
  • Unpick the learning and examination areas for improvement to ensure students achieve the highest grades
  • Consider the implications for Physics teaching – how to use the AQA feedback to improve the performance of top end students in future examinations

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.45pm: Teaching Approaches to Deepen High Level Understanding

  • Ideas for how to build learning to ensure students are working to the AQA standard and making ongoing progress
  • Use of non linguistic representations to develop high-level thinking with students at Grades 8 and 9
  • Working scientifically: how to make sure the most able students understand and utilise this to the highest level
  • The importance of the big ideas, synoptic learning and the Physics story for high attaining learners

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.45pm: Teaching Approaches to Advance Understanding at Grades 8 and 9

  • Ideas for how to apply and link ideas in Physics, to help achieve the top AQA grades
  • Scaffolding learning to enable high level thinking, including independent learning
  • Use of non linguistic representations to develop thinking and produce excellent answers
  • Assessment for learning – how to ensure students make progress throughout the course

2.45 – 3.45pm: Making sure Grade 8 and 9 students perform in the AQA exams

  • What AQA examiners looking for in excellent answers and how to train your students to do that
  • Ideas of how to support students in engaging with and performing to the highest levels in all the AQA Physics exam question types
  • Ensuring consistency of performance across the question types to make sure that students achieve the highest marks

3.45pm: Plenary and depart

Andrea Mapplebeck

Andrea is a highly experienced Physics presenter, who has a wealth of experience designing and facilitating a broad range of flexible CPD experiences across the UK and abroad, originating innovative and creative curricula based on a sound evidence base, including data and research. Her PhD is in the field of Assessment for Learning and she has published numerous resources.

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