Maximising Achievement in a Linear World

09:00 - 15:45, 19 May 2017 Manchester

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Assessment change at GCSE and A level is likely to have significant impact on results over the coming years as we embrace fully linear courses at all key stages.

How do we ensure that teachers are well prepared to address this new challenge and how can we ensure learners acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need in the face of this change?

This one-day programme seeks to address some key questions and challenges. Through a series of practical sessions, participants will:

  • increase understanding of how to develop a strategy for improving and developing teaching for reformed GCSEs by considering how to meet the nature and scale of the challenge, how to design curricula, assessments and internal examinations to support maximum achievement in linear examinations, and develop a consistent approach to improving the quality of teaching

  • understand what cognitive science tells us about learner memory, how individuals learn and recall large amounts of information, and how teachers can help learners improve their study skills and memory

  • consider how learner memory can be applied in the classroom, identify effective classroom techniques for long-term learning, retaining and evidencing learning, and how this can be incorporated into teachers’ planning and practice

  • identify ways to develop teacher and learner resilience by considering the pressures linear exams place on students and how teaching staff can help with coping strategies

The presentation, resources and activities presented can all be used as training for you to deliver in your school professional learning sessions.

Designed for deputy heads, assistant heads, middle leaders, and colleagues in charge of teaching and learning and assessment in schools and colleges.


Suzanne O’Farrell, ASCL Curriculum and Assessment Specialist



Registration and refreshments


Welcome and introduction


Session 1

  • What is the nature and scale of the challenge and how may it be met?

  • Unpicking the demands of the new qualifications – what skills exactly will they require?

  • How can curricula, assessments and internal examinations be designed in order to support maximum achievement in linear examinations?

  • Developing an assessment strategy to meet the demands of the new qualifications


Refreshment break


Session 2

  • What does cognitive science tell us about learner memory enabling pupils to learn and recall increasingly large amounts of information? How do people learn?

  • Focus on learner self-efficacy - how can we help learners improve their study skills and memory?




Session 3

  • What are the most effective classroom techniques for learning, retaining and evidencing learning? How can teachers incorporate them into their planning and practice?

  • Developing Learner Resilience  in the face of increased demands

  • What pressures do linear exams place upon students? How can we help learners cope?




Session 4

  • Sharing of practical ideas from the day’s input

  • Focus on teacher self-efficacy - how to develop a consistent approach to improving teachers’ confidence and ability to meet the challenges ahead?


Plenary/ evaluation




£280 + VAT

Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Blackfriars Street, Manchester M3 2EQ