Code: 8354


Students with low prior attainment frequently struggle in A Level Physics and do not make as much progress as middle and higher attainers. This webinar is for teachers looking for strategies and resources to monitor, support and target this as risk of underachieving in this area.


  • Focussed on counteracting the effects of low prior attainment
  • Equip you with strategies to support students and accelerate their progress
  • Take away approaches that excite students, cultivate a deeper understanding and raise grades in exams
  • Examine techniques and methodologies to allow students to develop a can-do mindset and demonstrate independent practise and personal academic development


1.30 – 2.15pm: Setting the scene – the first month 

  • Access for all – ensuring the induction programme celebrates and supports new learners
  • Low stakes Assessment – what do they really know? – how to find the gaps in a non-threatening manner
  • Mapping the curriculum to support the student- teaching order to learn the basics and encourage self-belief 

2.15 – 2.45pm: The crucial first half term

  • Raising the pace – how to help physicists adjust to the pace and complexity of the course
  • Building connections – The use of scaffolding in problem solving mechanics
  • Using practical activities to build confidence and how to assess progress 

2.45-3pm Break 

3 – 3.45pm: Mixing it up

  • Blended learning- ensuring that physics learning programmes have a variety of sources
  • Dual coding – approaching instructions for practicals from a different direction
  • Effective revision – tips and techniques for low attainers to practice their physics understanding 

3.45 – 4:15pm                   

  • Monitoring and intervention – keeping tabs on progress and how to intervene with nominated groups
  • Not Electricity Again! – how teaching electricity practically can have spin off benefits
  • The return of context based learning to engage, challenge and enhance your teaching 

4 – 4.15 pm Break 

4.15 – 5pm: Shifting the Balance

  • Using online physics resources to promote independence
  • Practice, practice, practice – how to get physics students into effective learning routines
  • Putting it all together – summary, reflection and next steps

Mark Lawrenson

As a highly experienced and dedicated physics specialist Mark Lawrenson has led a number of Science Departments as well as a number of Senior Leaderships roles. His passion for physics and physics education have led to him working with a National STEM Centre, ASE, Pearson and Edexcel amongst others. A finalist in the Rolls Royce Science Prize and keen physicist, Mark continues to develop his own teaching as well as others’.