This new course will cover the new specification, exploring the changes, what still remains and the NEA themes, contexts and assessment criteria, helping you to build your knowledge and ideas in preparation for delivery of the course. It will cover key ways to ensure that your students produce excellent answers in both the examination and NEA components.

This interactive course will give you an excellent opportunity to network with like- minded colleagues.


  • Detailed look at the AQA GCSE structure and assessment
  • Discuss models of delivery and how to use these to strengthen student performance in AQA assessments
  • Explore styles, presentation and communication techniques
  • Explore how to ensure that content is taught in an engaging manner which allows for high performance
COURSE DATES Manchester Wednesday 24 October 2018
London Monday 12 November 2018
  • This course is aimed at new and existing teachers of GCSE Product Design
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 – 11.15am: GCSE Design and Technology: the new specification

  • Explaining and discussing the AQA GCSE specification
  • Teaching the content to ensure interest and understanding
  • Grading structure
  • Detailed look at Examination style questions: how to teach them and what makes good answers
  • The Maths questions: integrating Maths into your teaching so that students do not fear it

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.30pm: Excellent NEA results

  • Utilising the AQA briefs to produce excellent NEA contexts (Interactive exercises between presenters and delegates)
  • From contexts to work: what is expected of students
  • Styles, communication and presentation and the importance of showing the iterative process
  • Interactive marking exercise with delegates
  • Good and Bad practice: how to avoid students producing work which does not meet the mark schemes

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.30pm: Exemplar Material and marking exercises

  • Interactive marking exercise with delegates
  • CAD/CAM (group activity)
  • Using Year 10 effectively to train students for the NEA
  • How to use Year 11 to maintain progress on all aspects of the specification

2.30 – 2.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.45 – 3.45pm: Getting students exam ready

  • Ensuring students see the links across the specification content
  • Using practical work to teach the content
  • Excellent summative assessment
  • Stretch and challenge at all levels
  • Revision strategies that work with GCSE D&T students

3.45 – 4.00pm: Final questions and Depart

Gordon Barratt

Senior Coursework Advisor and Moderator for A/AS Level Product Design for a major awarding body. Recently retired Assistant Head teacher of a large 11-18 Technology College in Nottinghamshire and a highly experienced presenter and author for D&T.

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