DATE: Thursday 01 July 2021

Code: 8222


Teachers often say that students begin to show their maturity and thinking skills in Year 11. This  webinar looks at why that might be, considers the difference between Year 10 and Year 11 and examines the skills that should be polished and refined in Year 11 in order for students to be successful. The webinar looks at extended writing and what it consists of, the characteristics of analysis, evaluation and complex thinking and how these should be demonstrated for examination success.


  • Review the best methods of developing students skills from Yr 10 to 11
  • Strategies to refine and polish skills in order for students to be successful
  • Extended writing and developing analysis, evaluation and complex thinking skills in the exam


4.00 – 4.05  pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05pm:  Strategies to Support Students from Yr 10 to 11

  • What Makes Year 11 different?
  • Identifying the skills already acquired
  • Working Memory and Long Term Memory

4.15pm: Working on the Higher Order Skills

  • Working Smarter using the structure of the GCSE examination: the “Rule of 4”
  • Developing answers and extending writing: moving from description to explanation

4.30pm: Taking the Next Steps: Showing Developed and Complex Thinking                                         

  • What exactly is “developed and complex thinking”?
  • The power of evaluation
  • Learning how to show complex and developed thinking in examinations

4.45pm: Keeping it All Together: a Perspective on Examination Success                                                                        

  • The knowledge-skills balance in examinations
  • Making Revision meaningful
  • Practice and Rehearsal: the keys to getting it right on the day


Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is an experienced examiner, successful former Deputy Head and Head of Department and school governor, with more than 35 years’ teaching experience in a range of educational contexts.