This new course is intended for teachers of A-level physics who want to develop strategies to help both the low and high achievers in their classes to improve their overall understanding of A-level Physics and their examination performance.

The course will demonstrate how you can diagnose the causes of learners’ poor attainment and help them to address these issues through developing practical and mathematical skills and improving technique on different question types and key topics. The central objective of the course is to enable teachers to bridge the gap between the low attaining and high achieving Physics students through improving the quality of the delivery of A-level Physics. Led by a highly experienced examiner and teacher of mixed ability groups, you will receive methods and approaches that genuinely boost standards of student work.


  • Develop strategies for helping students improve key skills necessary for achievement in A level Physics
  • Obtain successful approaches to teaching which can improve learning of students with low motivation
  • Identify crucial areas of student weaknesses to help t improve their exam performance
  • Gain teaching ideas and networking opportunities with other practising Physics teachers
  • Experienced A level Physics teachers
  • Physics teachers with mixed ability classes
  • Heads of Department
  • Heads of Faculty
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 – 10.45 am
Identifying the gap between under-attainers and high achievers

  • Evaluate and compare typical exam responses from a range of achievers
  • What are the strengths of the high achievers? What are the weaknesses of low attainers? How can we bridge the gap?
  • Developing action plans and teaching techniques to drive up standards

10.45 – 11.05 am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.05 –11.50 am
Developing communication skills

  • How to develop the technical vocabulary of learners at all levels
  • Activities to encourage students to produce grammatical and intelligible work
  • Enabling reluctant readers to access scientific texts

11.50am – 12.45 pm
Presenting responses to structured problem questions

  • Scaffolding to enable students to write logical structured responses
  • Using worked examples to model responses
  • Deconstructing mark schemes to help students to present effective exam responses

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion  

1.45 –  2.30pm
Practical work as a basis for learner improvement

  • What high standard practical work now looks like in A level Physics
  • Practical work to motivate and develop student skills on key practicals
  • Planning and reporting of practical work to improve communication and evaluation skills
  • Practical work as a basis for improving exam performance – the key skills to teach

2.30 – 2.40pm
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

2.40 – 3.40pm
Mathematics at the core of Physics

  • Extending the mathematical skills fundamental to progress in A-level Physics
  • Enhancing the basic numeracy of learners
  • Developing the algebraic and trigonometric skills of low attainers
  • Pushing the high attainers to achieve more

3.40 / 4.00pm
Review of course and depart

Tony Dunn

Tony Dunn is a current examiner for OCR A-level Physics and has taught for over 30 years in secondary schools and sixth form colleges, mainly in inner city areas, specialising in A-level Physics. Since the new A-level curriculum was introduced, he has had 100% pass rates with all his A-level Physics groups, whilst working at an inclusive college in a deprived borough. He was a Head of Science for 12 years and also spent several years training Physics teachers in SE Asia.