This is a new course which covers teaching ideas for the more difficult GCSE Biology topic content. Join Debbie for this course, designed to help teachers go further in realising the academic potential of those students who are academically able but currently underachieving. Without specific intervention strategies, as demonstrated on the course, these students can underperform in the final exams and then not continue with subject beyond GCSE. This course provides approaches and methods to


  • Take away a range of ready-made and adaptable resources that boost standards and motivation
  • Obtain ideas for boosting confidence and performance throughout the two-year course
  • Gain insights into methods that underperforming students can successfully use to answer harder questions.
  • Develop strategies to use when investigating the core practicals with under-achieving able students
  • Teachers of GCSE Biology
  • Heads of Biology
  • Heads of Science
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 – 10.30am
What have this year’s exams taught us?

  • Where able students fail on the exams and why
  • Examiner findings from the 2019 exams: the crucial points for teaching able students
  • Longer response questions. Showing your pupils how to do what the examiners want.

10.30 – 10.45am
Coffee break and informal discussion

10.45 – 11.45am
Keeping the students’ confidence strong

  • Tier entries of borderline tier pupils and how this can benefit performance
  • Making the content accessible to encourage student confidence and classroom success
  • Answering longer questions: keeping the students on track
  • Enhancing the literacy of your pupils so they understand and demonstrate more

11.45 – 1.00pm
How to cover the content whilst retaining pace and interest

  • Cascading down difficult topics like protein synthesis
  • Differentiating topics like infection and response to help the underachieving
  • Who’s the Daddy? Analysing and solving complicated genetic problems
  • Biodiversity and beyond: a novel approach to push even the most able student
  • Bringing out your students’ potential in the run up to the exam.

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 –  3.15pm
Classroom-ready strategies and diffentiated resources for more able students

  • Creating confidence through more challenging work
  • ‘Thinking outside the box’ for abstract topics such as evolution and natural selection
  • Successfully applying logical criteria to more complex problems, such as genes
  • In-depth reasoning techniques to on topics such as human interaction with ecosystems
  • Enhancing and encouraging problem solving and decision making around world based challenges
  • Bring homeostasis to life

3.15 – 3.30
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

Preparing for the exams

  • Revision strategies and methods that really work
  • Embedding exam preparation throughout your teaching
  • Teaching resilience and grit, changing underperforming to confident
  • Moving Level 7s to 8s

3.45 / 4.00pm

Debbie Nsefik

Debbie has worked in education for over 18 years. She progressed to Head of Department of a large Inner-City comprehensive school in London and has consistently produced results considerably above the national average in the subjects she teaches. Debbie is also a senior exam board assessor.