To remain masters of our subject, it’s important that we keep learning and reflecting on our practice. This course provides teachers that opportunity, providing fresh and active strategies and practical advice for teaching A level physics.


  • Identify and develop the key skills that physics students require
  • Evaluate a range of strategies for promoting higher level written responses
  • Fresh and active ideas for teaching the trickier concepts in physics
  • Become more confident in developing the mathematical requirements students need
  • Reflect on your own practice and explore opportunities for improvement
COURSE DATE London, Thursday 15 June 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of Physics
Teachers of A level physics
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10:00 - 11:00am: Identifying challenging skills and topics in A level Physics

  • Analyse the key skills and challenges in A level Physics
  • Explore common weaknesses students exhibit in the exams and how to overcome them’ to the end of the bullet

11:00 - 11:15am: Break


11:15 - 12:45pm: Developing ways to teach the hardest topics

  • Evaluate a range of activities linked to the most difficult topics to improve engagement
  • Improved teaching of Mechanics, Waves, Quantum Effects, Electricity, Electromagnetism and Fields

12:45 - 1:30pm: Lunch


1:30 - 2:00pm: Improving students written skills

  • Developing the use of precise scientific language in written questions
  • Exemplar answers to identify high and low level responses

2:00 - 2:30pm: Maths Matters

  • How to support less able mathematicians
  • Encouraging logical approaches to problem solving

2:30 - 3:00pm: Improving responses to written practical questions

  • Fresh ways to teach uncertainties and error analysis
  • Ensuring rigour in graphing and tabulation

3:00 - 3:45pm: Buzz session :active ideas, feedback and assessment

  • Opportunity to collaboratively plan identified issues
  • Quick fire strategies to take back to your classroom

Howard Dodd

Howard Dodd 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.