This new course is intended for teachers of OCR A-level Physics who want to develop strategies to help both the low and high achievers in their classes to improve the examination performance.

The course will provide guidance on how you can diagnose the causes of learners’ poor attainment in exams and helping them to address these issues through developing practical and mathematical skills and improving exam technique.

The course focuses on OCR A-level Physics Specification A but will be useful for teachers teaching similar specifications.


  • Review and evaluate examples of student answers
  • Take away subtle changes and methods that can increased the grades of high achievers
  • Gain strategies for developing students skills’ to overcome weak areas
  • Develop strategies for helping students improve their exam technique
DATE & LOCATION Online | Thursday 18th March 2021

Online | Monday 5th July 2021

  • Heads of Physics
  • All OCR A-level Physics teachers
  • Heads of Science
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 – 11.10am
Learning from previous exams, reviewing and evaluating examples of student answers

  • Review and evaluate examples of student answers and mark schemes from 2019, from paper 1 and 2 A-level OCR specification
  • Identifying key areas of weakness which impact the achievement of exam candidates, especially the lower attainers
  • Identifying subtle changes and methods that can increase the grades of high achievers
  • Review of sources of data on student performance

11.10 – 11.25am: Discussion: coffee break

11.25 – 12.40pm
Developing learners’ skills to overcome weak areas                                                    

  • Using mark scheme analysis to help students improve exam strategies
  • Developing the mathematical skills which underpin exam performance throughout the course
  • Tackling multiple choice questions well – and using MCQs to differentiate learning
  • Command words, types of exam questions – how to introduce the language of examinations into your teaching and assessments from day 1
  • Stretch and challenge – ideas for top students to go further

12.40 – 1.40pm: Lunch and informal discussion

1.40 – 3.00pm
Challenging Content: Exploring how to build the right kind of student responses to aim high and achieve in tough questions

  • Apply techniques from the morning session to exam questions
  • Exploring the more challenging content in the two papers and thinking about ways to build the right kind of student responses:
    • Fields – Electric and Electromagnetic
    • Circuits – Resistors and Capacitors
    • Motion – Circular and Harmonic

3.00 – 3.40pm
Techniques and methods to prepare students for 2021 assessment in an extraordinary year                  

  • Review teaching methods and ideas for helping students to prepare for the 2021 examinations
  • Obtain and evaluate useful take-away resources – ISAAC Physics, videos and IoP resources
  • Discussion of ideas gained from the session

3.40 – 4.00pm
Summary and Final Q and A


Tony Dunn has taught for over 30 years in secondary schools and sixth form colleges, mainly in inner city areas, specialising in A-level Physics. He is an examiner for A-level Physics with a major exam board.