This course will provide expert advice and activities to help ensure that students achieve at least a Grade 4 and meet their potential. Expert examiner guidance and feedback from recent exams will be used to draw out key areas where students struggle and succeed. Delegates will explore teaching approaches for the content in addition to working on strategies to support the development of AO2 and AO3 techniques at KS3 and KS4.

** laptops and internet access needed throughout the day


  • Obtain high level skills and advice to make sure that students achieve their potential and obtain at least a Grade 4 in their GCSE Maths examinations
  • Take away materials to help develop student reasoning, understanding and confidence
  • Activities and guidance from real student responses which can be used to boost student performance
  • Increase student success in achieving grades 4 and 5
  • Share and gain first-hand knowledge of experiences from the first two years of the new Mathematics (9-1) GCSE
  • All teachers of Edexcel GCSE Mathematics
  • Non-specialist Mathematics teachers who may be delivering revision sessions for Year 11
  • Heads of Mathematics
  • Trainee teachers; NQTs and members of the SLT responsible for Mathematics
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: Establishing student levels and setting appropriate targets

  • Analysing the student context: how to review the ability of mid-range students and set appropriate tasks
  • Using facilities well to help students achieve their target grade
  • Advice from an expert examiner on selecting appropriate tiering choices: what are the issues related to each tier
  • A review of recent Edexcel exam questions to understand how best to place students and to confirm the standard to which they need to be working

11.00 – 11.20am: Discussion: coffee break


11.20 – 11.50am: Examiner feedback from student performances from 2017 and 2018

  • Using Examiner feedback from Edexcel exams to improve teaching: areas of strength and areas for improvement
  • Consider examples of Edexcel work to see where mid ranking students lose marks and how to avoid this
  • Review the standard of answers for the Higher and Foundation tier papers and what the examiners expect for each
  • High quality support: how to make best use of the variety of resources available for supporting students and raising attainment

11.50 – 12.40pm: Teaching key content the Foundation tier

  • A hands on session looking at resources, teaching methods and approaches for teaching algebra (including simultaneous equations), trigonometry and other topics
  • Supporting students’ understanding through the use of real-life questions
  • How to design learning to ensure mid-range students succeed on these topics in the examinations
  • Classroom approaches to maintain student confidence and understanding

12.40 – 1.40pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.40 – 2.30pm: Higher tier students

  • What those entered for Tier H need to know above those entering for Tier F
  • Crucial advice on how to stop your Grades 4, 5 and 6 students slipping up on the Higher Tier papers
  • Appropriate feedback to keep Higher Tier students on track

2.30 – 2.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.45 – 3.35pm: Developing problem solving for Grades 4 and 5

  • Considering progression and assessment in problem solving – how to hit the appropriate levels of progression
  • Designing lessons to integrate problem solving into Maths
  • How to ensure students can do this well in their exams, including reviewing answers to understand common strengths and pitfalls

3.35 – 3.45pm: Final summary and questions

Will Rigby

Will has taught and examined Mathematics from years 5-13 for almost 4 decades. He is a former Chief Examiner; Senior Examiner and Maths Adviser to 4 UK governments; LA’s and Academy Trusts. He is a former Regional Adviser on the CMSP; Ofqual subject expert and has authored a number of textbooks.

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