Date: Wednesday 23 September 2020 – 4pm

Code: 8226


This course offers support and ideas to anyone who wants to improve their teaching of Physics at GCSE.  Suitable to NQTs, RQTS and second subject teachers, this course aims to boost pedagogical knowledge of delivering the subject, practical ideas on how to deliver the curriculum and support subject knowledge. This is a fully interactive live online course.

There are 3 webinars in the series. They can be bought as a series for £229 or standalone webinars for £110 each

About this session
In this session we shall be focussing on the core skills students must acquire in order to be able to succeed at GCSE. We shall also consider the pedagogical framework that apply to all areas of the physics curriculum


Confidently tackle challenging questions, following expert guidance from Mark Lawrenson – whose lessons have been consistently graded Outstanding by Ofsted

  • Further develop their mathematical abilities through their science lessons
  • Extend their understanding of practical physics with relevance to exam scenarios
  • Target higher grades with guidance on how to apply their knowledge in the exams
  • Engage with a wider range of resources to engage, inform and challenge their thinking


4.00 – 4.05  pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05-4:20pm:  Physics – the Big Picture  

  • Overview of current physics curriculum. How the curriculum has developed and where the emphasis of assessment lies in regards to AO1, AO2 and AO3
  • Current Pedagogy in physics teaching. How to accelerate learning using cognitive load theory and when to reduce it. How to teach writing in Physics, Dual coding and its uses. The rise, fall and rise of metacognition
  • Pedagogy into practice – practical uses of modern ideas. Practical applications of Cognitive Load Theory and metacognition

4:20-4:45pm: Maths in Physics                  

  • No triangles!. How to teach how to learn equations – revision techniques, mnemonics and practice
  • Rearranging equations How to teach maths skills whilst problem solving. Applications of maths and transferable skills.
  • Problem solving – modelling based problem solving – how it works and how to teach it

4:45- 5:05 pm: Practically speaking                                         

  • The role of practical work in physics. When practicals should be carried out and when they shouldn’t. Experiential investigative learning versus Formal operational thinking
  • Planning the perfect practical. How to makes sure your practical runs smoothly and your students get the results you want them to get.
  • Alternatives in a COVID-19 World. The use of simulations and video clips – how to embed them in learning and where the best ones are.

5:05-5:25pm: Stretch and Challenge                                                                         

  • How to boost pupil engagement in physics. Making it relevant, the use of stories and history, Poundland physics and other methods to draw students in
  • Learning away from the lab. How to maximize student learning away from the classroom – practicals, projects and physics sites
  • Raising attainment in the most able. How to truly stretch and challenge your top and boost their grades

5:25-5:30: Review and Q&A


Mark Lawrenson

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