Topics related to proportion take up a significant amount of the GCSE specification, this course will give students some simple techniques to maximise their grades, in proportion style questions. The webinar will focus on simple tools like ratio tables to provide a simple scaffold when students are not sure what to do next, along with some other basic rubrics to fall back on. The webinar will be use exam questions to demonstrate how to decode the information to create the process, solution and some simple checking methods when suitable.


  • Give students confidence and simple starting points when facing 3-4 mark questions in the GCSE exam
  • Techniques and methods with proven success at GCSE
  • Linking multiple topics together with several simple techniques and ideas
  • Includes coverage of units, fractions, ratios, percentages and rates of change
COURSE DATE Online | Thursday 26 November 2020


  • Heads of Mathematics
  • KS3 maths teachers
  • LA and Academy chain advisers
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


4.00 – 4.05  pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05 – 4.25 pm:  Percentages

  • Quick non calculator methods
  • Using decimal equivalences for calculator questions, including increase and decrease and compound interest
  • Reverse percentage questions

4.25 -4.45pm: Ratio and worded proportion questions  

  • Introduction to a ratio table
  • Examples of different kinds of ratio questions and why the wording is important
  • Seeing worded fraction questions as ratio problems
  • Practical ratio questions eg recipes, speed and density

4.50 – 5pm: Hidden proportion questions                                                                             

  • Proportion in geometry – scales, similarity, trig and units




Alex Jacques-Williams

Alex has recently left teaching after over 20 years in the classroom, he has been an advisor for MEI, a Maths Hub lead and member of various maths panels. His most recent role was Head of Mathematics, and he was also a Maths SLE. He coordinates a network for A level Statistics teachers and has led CPD sessions in problem solving, multiplicative reasoning and curriculum design as well as coaching other Heads of Maths and teachers.