Please note, this course will be held online on the designated date if it’s not possible to run in venues.


This course will provide ideas and solutions for strengthening the performance of less able A-Level Chemistry students in the classroom and laboratory and in their final exams. There will be a distinctly practical feel to the day with plenty of examples of learning activities. Our expert presenter will lead a close analysis of what students need to do in exams and practical skills’ assessments in order to succeed at A Level, with clear solutions offered to overcome problem areas for lower ability students.


By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • Identified a range of indicators that reveal the needs of weaker students
  • Learned how to boost initial subject knowledge and understanding
  • Developed a range of teaching strategies to enhance the performance of lower ability students
  • Learned how to best support lower ability students to be successful with practical assessments and in examinations
  • Increased their ability to track students progress and how to intervene successfully
  • Explored enrichment ideas to raise motivation
COURSE DATES London | Friday 19 June 2020
  • Heads of Science Faculties
  • Heads of Science
  • Heads of Chemistry
  • Teachers of A level Chemistry
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


10.00– 11.00am
Starting from where the student is

  • What can you learn from students’ GCSE marks?
  • Identifying and addressing misconceptions spilling over from GCSE
  • Significant support activities for students with lower GCSE results / struggling at A level
  • Beginning the practical assessment process – building confidence in the lab
  • Strategies for helping students to deal with and retain the knowledge required

11.00 – 11.15am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.15 – 12.30pm
Outstanding teaching: ensuring the students understand the fundamental concepts

  • The fundamental principles needed for A Level Chemistry
  • Solving problems from patterns and principles, rather than just learning facts
  • Exemplar lesson strategies for the less able student – addressing the more difficult concepts
  • Supporting non-mathematicians in Chemistry
  • Structure and bonding, electrode potentials and aqueous chemistry: techniques for the topics where students experience most problems

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Giving students proven strategies to boost exam performance

  • Looking at the different types of questions, tasks, skills and assessment demands – through the eyes of the lower ability chemist
  • Boosting performance for Assessment Objectives 2 and 3
  • Building practical competence and ability to answer practical-based questions
  • Dealing with the examination papers – practical suggestions to improve results

2.30 – 2.40pm
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

2.40 – 3.15pm
Tracking progress and intervening to improve results

  • Using data effectively to set realistic and meaningful targets
  • Encouraging self-monitoring and evaluation
  • When and how to intervene
  • Strategies for differentiation

3.15 – 3.45pm
Enrichment programmes and new approaches to raise motivation

  • Ideas to ‘switch on’ lower ability students
  • Making learning active, with models and movies
  • Bringing the subject to life; celebrating chemistry!
  • Ideas for in class and out of hours learning that inspire those that are struggling

John Coad

John is a highly experienced A Level and IB Chemistry teacher who still teaches today.  He led Chemistry Departments in two schools and whole Science Departments in two others. He has worked as a Science Advisor in England’s largest Local Authority, supporting both primary and secondary teachers of science. In recent years he has worked as an independent consultant, promoting science education in a wide variety of ways. He has led many professional development courses for teachers, written resources for publishers and staged large science enrichment events. His enthusiasm for science is evident in all he does but sharing his experience with chemistry teachers gives him the greatest satisfaction.

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