This course provides teachers working with lower attaining A-level Physics students with an effective toolkit to help learners excel in the new linear exams.

Looking at a range of strategies to boost results we will cover effective teaching and assessment techniques, monitoring and early intervention strategies, exam technique and ways to improve confidence, motivation and attainment.


  • Utilise techniques to quickly identify underperforming students and implement strategies to effectively support them
  • Embed the teaching of exam techniques to enhance the performance of lower attaining students for linear exams
  • Embed revision strategies to encourage independent learning that improve exam performance
  • Take away ways to prepare lower attaining learners for questions relating to the Compulsory Practicals
  • Embed revision strategies to encourage independent learning and improve exam performance
  • Develop effective techniques to help lower attaining learners to retain knowledge, understand concepts and develop skills


COURSE DATE London | Monday 2 December 2019
  • All AS/A-level Physics teachers including NQTs and heads of department
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 – 11.15am: Effective Techniques to use with lower attaining students

  • Effective techniques to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills in lower attaining students
  • The aspects of physics that low attaining students find most difficult
  • The fundamental concepts that must be understood: effective ways to guarantee secure understanding
  • Developing practical skills – getting the most from the compulsory practicals

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.30pm: Reliable Assessment Methods to Identify Underperformance & Early Intervention strategies

  • Reliable techniques to quickly identify underperformance
  • Intervention strategies that work best with low attaining students
  • Monitoring methods to track progress over the new linear courses

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.15pm: Raising students’ aspirations and motivation by providing regular opportunities for success

  • Strategies for motivating low attainers
  • How to sustain their motivation
  • Raising aspirations by showing students how physics can lead to many Higher Education and employment options
  • Building differentiation into classroom revision activities to ensure that the more able learners are stretched while the rest of the class are supported

2.15 – 2.30pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.30 – 3.45pm: Exam techniques: enhancing exam performance and developing independent learning strategies

  • Understanding how exam papers are written and marked: what to do and not to do in exams
  • How to help learners interpret questions and provide concise but complete answers that match the questions
  • How to help low attainers to maximise their exam time achieve the best outcome
  • Embed the teaching of exam techniques to enhance performance levels
  • Utilising additional resources to encourage independent learning and offer remote support

Howard Dodd

Howard has worked as an A-level Physics Principal Examiner (writing exam papers and supervising marking) for over twenty years being employed by OCR, AQA and Edexcel.
He has taught A-level physics in a number of secondary schools, maintained and independent, and has extensive experience of leading very successful physics and science departments. Before becoming an educational consultant he lectured in Science and Physics Education for fifteen years at the University of Exeter.  He is a qualified Ofsted inspector and continues to train and assess ITT trainees on the School Direct QTS training programmes. He has a national reputation for providing high quality and helpful in-service training courses for secondary and post-16 teachers.

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