This course is designed for all teachers who will be delivering the now compulsory Mechanics component of A level Mathematics, those who are looking for effective, proven teaching ideas, approaches and strategies to enhance learning, progress and attainment levels across the ability range.

The course will model teaching strategies that are effective in delivering key concepts and building the problem solving strategies needed to do well in Mechanics. There will be considerable focus on how Mechanics is assessed and how to prepare students for the Mechanics component of the new examinations. Delegates will take away a bank of exemplar material that can be used straight away in lessons. Led by a Senior Examiner in Mechanics and experienced A level teacher, the course is underpinned with first hand knowledge of how Mechanics is taught and assessed at A level.


  • Develop effective teaching strategies and approaches for the key concepts in Mechanics
  • Take away a bank of worked examples you can use in the classroom
  • Consider how accurate use of language unlocks the subject
  • Improve strategies for setting out work to support students in problem solving
  • Increase your understanding of assessment in Mechanics to inform your own practice



In-school only

  • All teachers of A level Mathematics
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 – 11.00am: Teaching kinematics

  • Tackling tricky questions from velocity time graphs
  • Using the constant acceleration questions in problem solving
  • Consider projectiles and how to make the problem more accessible
  • Thinking about motion in 2 dimensions using vectors

11.00 – 11.20am: Discussion: coffee break


11.20 – 12.20pm: Teaching Newton’s Laws of motion

  • Thinking clearly about Newton’s laws and why it is not a good idea to write F=ma
  • Considering the difference between mass and weight – the importance of accurate use of language
  • Analysing motion in a straight line looking at the car and trailer problem
  • Solving the classic problem of the smooth pulley and connected particles

12.20 – 1.00pm: Looking at the role of Mechanics in the 2017 Specifications

  • The 2017 new specifications, the implications for change; impact on teaching

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.00pm: Working with forces that need to be resolved

  • Resolving forces – how to get it right every time
  • Considering equilibrium and classic statics problems
  • Learning about friction
  • Analysing motion on a plane

3.00 – 3.05pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.05 – 3.40pm: Exams and Assessment

  • Understanding the full demands of the questions
  • Dealing with the “Show that…” question
  • Dealing with poor notation “How many marks would you give for this?” ( examples included)
  • Tackling the more open-ended question
  • Using existing questions for stretch and challenge asking “but what if…”
  • Effective techniques for preparing students for the examination

Rose Jewell MA (Oxon)

Rose is an experienced A level Mathematics teacher both in schools and sixth form colleges. Her work with GCSE in the sixth form sector was recognised by the DfE as one of the leading providers in the country. She is a Senior Examiner with OCR with fifteen years experience in assessment in Mechanics and a Deliverer of Training for OCR. She is the founder of JewellMaths providing training, tutoring and resources. She is currently Head of Mathematics at Cransley School.

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