Algebra often presents challenges to students at foundation level. This webinar is a whistle stop tour of the topic, providing techniques and principles that have a track record of success for students in exams. Always keeping to the key underlying principles, methods are old mathematically sound and focus on the more challenging topics of solving, factorising and graphs. Access to a scientific calculator with table functions will be essential.


  • Give students confidence and understanding of the key principles required for algebra
  • Techniques and methods with proven success at GCSE
  • Linking topics together to minimise working load
  • Alternative approaches to graph topics
  • Getting the most of your calculator (there will be an additional 5 minutes specifically for students with class wiz calculators)
COURSE DATE Online | Thursday 12 November 2020


  • Heads of Mathematics
  • KS3 maths teachers
  • LA and Academy chain advisers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


4.00 – 4.05  pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05 – 4.20 pm:  The basics

  • Quick over view of algebra at this level, including importance of terminology
  • Simplifying, factorising, substituting and changing the subject, rubric to help you remember
  • Indices

4.20 -4.40pm: Equations and inequalities

  • Simple linear equations – rubric to solve even the most complicated linear equations
  • Harder equations – introducing square root and basic quadratics
  • Spotting hidden equations – links to other topics, where setting up an equation is needed
  • Basic inequalities

4.40 – 4.55pm: Graphs                                                  

  • Sequences, nth terms and graphs, same skill different surface!
  • Linear graphs and that m and c bit
  • Other graphs using your calculator

4.55pm -5pm: Exam tips and getting the most out of your calculator

BONUS session

5-5.10pm: What can your class wiz do and what can’t it do


Alex Jacques-Williams

Alex has recently left teaching after over 20 years in the classroom, he has been an advisor for MEI, a Maths Hub lead and member of various maths panels. His most recent role was Head of Mathematics, and he was also a Maths SLE. He coordinates a network for A level Statistics teachers and has led CPD sessions in problem solving, multiplicative reasoning and curriculum design as well as coaching other Heads of Maths and teachers.