This new course is intended for all teachers and leaders who wish to ensure the high attainment of their students in Pearson/Edexcel A Level mathematics. This course will highlight teaching ideas and activities which will stretch and challenge the most able students. Delegates will explore successful strategies for developing students’ problem solving, reasoning and modelling skills. We will explore how to effectively structure a two year linear curriculum and the place of retrieval within it.


  • Gain expert knowledge and guidance on the demands of grades A and A*.
  • Increased awareness of what we should aim to achieve with the most able mathematicians.
  • Take away a selection of resources to help students to develop their mathematical modelling and advanced problem solving skills.
  • Take away fresh ideas, approaches and methods that challenge A/A* students.
  • Explore the barriers to progress and how students can be supported in overcoming these barriers.
  • Detailed analysis of the demands of different questions across the pure mathematics papers.
COURSE DATES London | Thursday 25 November 2021

London | Thursday 10 February 2022

  • Heads of Mathematics
  • Teachers with responsibility for Key Stage 5 Mathematics
  • A level Mathematics teachers
  • Returning teachers
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 – 11.00am
How are A/A* grades achieved?

  • Looking at the most recent exams: What did examiners look for at the top levels?
  • What are the questions that A* candidates can access that others can not?
  • Avoiding potential hazards – what can stop a highly able student achieving an A or A* grade.
  • Common reasons able students drop marks.

11.00 – 11.15am: Break

11.15 – 12.00pm
Structuring an effective two-year linear teaching course

  • How to construct an effective and efficient two-year course that has challenge built in at all points for the most able.
  • How to support students in becoming familiar with the Large Data Set
  • Quality assessments: how can they move learning forward?

12.00 – 1.00pm
Exploring solutions to the big challenges for A/A* mathematics students

  • Differentiating for A/A* students in a mixed ability mathematics class
  • Sustaining engagement and attainment with interleaving over two years
  • Intervention strategies throughout Years 12 and 13

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch

2.00 – 3.00pm
The power of diagrams and other problem solving techniques

  • What problem solving techniques do A/A* students posses?
  • How do we help our students to develop these techniques?
  • Writing challenging problem solving questions

3.00 – 3.45pm
Preparing students for challenging exam questions

  • Varied practice to stretch the most able
  • Resilience building in all lessons
  • Effective revision for A/A* students

Lisa Minshull

For the last 8 years, Lisa has worked as an A level Examiner. She has taught A level mathematics for over 20 years, during this time she was accredited as an Advanced Skills Teacher due to her students’ outstanding progress. As part of her AST role, Lisa worked with a number of other schools to raise their attainment in mathematics. She then went on to be part of the founding Leadership Team of Chelsea Academy which was graded Outstanding in all categories by OfSTED. At Chelsea Academy she began by leading on Teaching and Learning and Assessment before taking on the remit of Student Performance. In recent years she has worked as an independent mathematics advisor and consultant working with a wide variety of schools across Key Stages 1 to 5.