This course will provides the latest ideas, strategies and solutions for maximising success for your students. There will be examples of ideas and learning activities on how to differentiate lessons, how to teach the topics the students find the most difficult, to maximise their success and how to get students into the correct mind-set for success. There will also be techniques which can be used to aid students in preparing for a linear exam to achieve the top grades from day 1 of Year 12, keeping the momentum up and reflecting on and improving their performance over time.


  • Lessons from previous exam series, what does exam success look like for A level Chemistry students
  • Prepare learners focussed on key skills for success from day 1
  • Explore the topics which students find the most difficult and identify strategies to make them more accessible
  • Identify strategies to develop the independent student and give them a mind-set for success to achieve the top grades
  • Reflect on current teaching methods and ascertain new ideas and approaches to improve results
  • Take away ideas, resources and activities to stretch learners – for immediate use and impact
COURSE DATES Online | Thursday 01 July 2021
  • All A level Chemistry teachers
  • All teachers with responsibility for improving Chemistry results
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder 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 – 10.30am: How do you prepare students for paper 1 and 2?

  • Feedback: mark schemes and examiners reports – what do they tell us about the standards set for the top learners?
  • How can we use them effectively? How can they use them effectively?
  • Teaching order – does it really matter?
  • Ways of learning – are you teaching with the end in sight, moving beyond just covering topics to preparing for exam from day one!

10.30 – 11.10am: Building up the students to succeed  

  • Getting their mind-set right for success – high and sustainable expectations. They’re not there ‘yet’
  • Moving on from GCSE approaches: look at their current study and revision techniques and how to adapt them for A Level to achieve the top grades.
  • Relentless and resilient – keeping them engaged and motivated throughout
  • How to build metacognition – scaffolding tasks that get them to think about their own success

11.10 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.40pm: Organic Chemistry – the key challenges

  • GCSE misconceptions and common errors – what are they? How can we address them?
  • The most challenging topics – where are marks lost?
  • Coping with the volume of content – building up to it
  • Teaching approaches and ideas to ensure the highest marks in Organic Synthesis questions
  • Strategies for success in the exam

12.40 – 1.40pm: Lunch and informal discussion

1.40 – 2.30pm: The maths content in the OCR specification

  • Analysing the maths content in the new specification
  • Learning, studying and revision of physical chemistry and ‘learning the maths’ for an A/A*
  • Acids and Bases – the most challenging topic
  • Strategies for success with the maths element in the exams

2.30 – 3.30pm: Keeping the momentum going: avoiding ‘death by past paper’

  • What are the biggest challenges of the linear course for the learner?
  • Simple techniques for lessons and revision – keep them on their toes and avoid death by past paper
  • The importance of feedback – setting effective targets to stretch learners to the A/A*
  • Resources to support teaching and learning
  • Prove it – do they really understand it?

Robert Murray-Green