The focus of this new course, led by our expert Maths presenter, is on teaching and learning strategies, with fresh approaches to familiar content that engages and helps disaffected/weaker learners develop the confidence to succeed in their GCSE Maths retakes.


  • Gain a better understanding of how to secure the all-important Grade 4 or higher at GCSE
  • Take away ideas, resources and strategies for making mathematics more meaningful for students at this level
  • Increased awareness of key ideas, concepts and connections in GCSE mathematics for emphasis in teaching
  • Develop strategies to enhance the understanding and confidence of GCSE resit students
  • Appreciate how to optimise performance in the GCSE resit examination
  • Obtain excellent ideas for using calculators to enhance teaching and for use in the examination
COURSE DATES London Wednesday 31 October 2018
London Wednesday 20 March 2019
  • Mathematics subject leads
  • Teachers with leadership responsibility for GCSE resit Mathematics
  • Teachers of GCSE resit mathematics
  • Prospective teachers of GCSE resit Mathematics
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 – 10.20am: Introduction

  • Reflections on GCSE resit policy and associated challenges
  • Impact of the new GCSE and numbered grades on lower ability students
  • Making GCSE resit mathematics a different experience to Year 11 GCSE
  • The basics: curriculum coverage, resources, collaborative and independent learning, use of calculator, exam preparation

10.20 – 1.00pm: Key content and concepts

  • Each of the key content and concepts sessions will include an overview of where the topics fit within a GCSE resit course and numerous tips both for teaching and for answering examination questions.

10.20 – 11.00am: Key content and concepts 1 – Number and Ratio

  • Building confidence with numbers, decimals, fractions, percentages, surds
  • Use of the number line
  • Making mathematics meaningful: lessons from Realistic Mathematics Education
  • Use of images in tackling proportion and rates of change problems
  • Consideration of exam questions and model solutions

11.00 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.00pm: Key content and concepts 2 - Algebra with resit students

  • Developing fluency in algebra with struggling students
  • Making connections between number and algebra
  • Making sense of and through multiple representations
  • Exam questions and model solutions that boost learner confidence

12.00 – 12.30pm: Key content and concepts 3 - Geometry and measures

  • Making connections in the real world with units, dimensions and shapes
  • Making sense of questions with helpful diagrams
  • Issues of accuracy and checking of solutions
  • Consideration of exam questions and model solutions

12.30 – 1.00pm: Key content and concepts 4 – Probability and Statistics

  • Developing conceptual understanding through practical activities with which resit students can engage
  • Engaging with real life data – examples which promote learning
  • Understanding representations such as Venn diagrams and Tree diagrams

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 2.30pm: Problem solving

  • Developing confidence in problem solving
  • Using an ‘Entry, Attack, Review’ strategy
  • The language of mathematics – explaining

2.30 – 3.00pm: Examination preparation and technique

  • How to use of past papers, mark schemes and examiners’ reports
  • Optimising marks on the papers with essential working and students’ rigorous checking and review, and developing these habits throughout the course with less engaged learners

3.00 – 3.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.15 – 3.40pm: Question and Answer session: An opportunity to consider

  • Textbooks and other resources suitable to re-sit students
  • Embedding and exploiting calculators and other digital technologies
  • What works well, where and why

3.40 – 3.45pm: Plenary, course evaluation and depart

Mick Blaylock

Mick is an independent mathematics consultant and a strong advocate for the integration of digital technologies (calculators, dynamic geometry, spreadsheets, etc.) to enhance the quality of mathematics education. He led the DfE funded Core Maths Support Programme (CMSP) from April 2014 to November 2016 to introduce the new Core Maths qualifications (first examined in May 2016). Mick has 25 years’ successful experience teaching mathematics in four very different schools and a sixth-form college and was an A level principal examiner. Appointed as HMI for mathematics in 2001, he subsequently worked as the National Strategies Northwest Secondary Mathematics Director and as a senior managing inspector, leading inspections and training other inspectors, prior to heading up the CMSP.

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