Challenging Topics at GCSE

The Minster School, Nottingham Road, Southwell, NG25 0LG
15 spaces available

Course dates

  • Wed, 2 Oct '19   9:30am - 12:30pm - done
  • Wed, 15 Jan '20   9:30am - 12:30pm - done
  • Mon, 9 Mar '20   9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Wed, 22 Apr '20   9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Wed, 1 Jul '20   9:30am - 3:30pm


Feedback from teachers and GCSE exam analysis indicates there are key areas of the curriculum that students continue to find challenging. This Work Group will explore effective ways of teaching some of these topics, both to address the immediate needs of the incoming KS4 students, but also, crucially, taking a longer term view by considering development in KS3. This year there will be a particular focus on algebra and negative numbers.

The aim will be to get to grips with all the underpinning content of these topics, exploring misconceptions and effective pedagogical approaches for each element. The approaches also contribute towards the development of a generic process which departments could use as a 'tookit' to lead the improvement of teaching and learning in any identified area of the curriculum students find challenging.


Secondary school maths teachers and Heads of department. Participants in the 2018-2019 Work Group are welcome to participate again.


Four half day workshops, followed by 1 full day workshop in the Summer term.
Gap tasks.


Challenging Topics - School ticket
Course ticket - for remaining all 3 dates.
5 available
School participation ticket - min1 teacher attending max 2 teachers attending per school (if 1 attendee from school select 1ticket, 1person; for 2 attendees = 1 ticket, 2 people)

Group ticket for 1-2 people

The Minster School
Nottingham Road
NG25 0LG