Online | Tuesday 20th April 2021
Online | Monday 21st June 2021

Code: 8196


Practical work has become increasing significant and challenging for both teachers and students since the recent change in curriculum.  The endorsed practical programme has been a challenge for teachers and schools, but the students also report that the practical-based questions on the final exam are very challenging. This webinar deals with the latter issue.


  • Identifying the key difficulties that students have with the practical-based questions
  • Developing effective ways of using practical work to develop skills to answer the practical-based questions
  • Developing a practical learning methodology that develops sustainable skills in students


4.00 – 4.05 pm Why do students find the practical questions so difficult?

  • Brainstorm

4.05-4.35 pm: What are the key difficulties?

  • Activity: What do your students struggle with on the practical questions?
  • Planning experiments
  • Evaluating results

4.35-5.00 pm: Effective use of practical work to develop skills

  • Activity: how do you run practical sessions?
  • Suggested schema for running practical sessions to maximise development of the key skills and minimise wasted time
  • Separating the key skills and addressing each one effectively

5.00-5.15 pm: How to develop exam technique for practical questions

  • Overview of typical exam questions and mark schemes
  • Suggested strategy for students to prepare for and tackle these types of question

5.15-5.30 pm: Q&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 was Head of Science for 12 years and spent several years training Physics teachers in SE Asia. He has been an examiner for OCR A-level Physics for the past five years and developed CPD courses, webinars and student conferences for Keynote for over a year.