Reaching for grade 9 in science NY270 / A22

Start date
21 Sep 22
4 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us

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Review strategies to enable the high achieving students to push on to aim for grade 9 by allowing them to develop a much deeper understanding of the science content and context.
Look at how students can tackle the mathematical demands in unusual contexts, high quality practical work and go beyond this so they can tackle terminal examinations with confidence. 

Who is it for?

RQTs, Heads of Department and Heads of subject

What topics are covered?

  • Assessing understanding through practical work
  • Building on required practical work across all three sciences
  • Developing extended answers
  • Maths skills for high ability
  • Looking at the tricky bits across all three sciences
  • Misconceptions and how to challenge them
  • Working scientifically - Assessment Objective 3
  • Planning progression and making it easier for future year groups  

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered face to face with participant tasks to be completed between sessions.

How long is this course?

This is a four day intensive course split into two periods of two days each.

Who is the course leader?

  • Adam Little

    I am the Professional Development Leader for Physics at the National STEM Centre in York. I lead course based around physics from ages 11-19, and...


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify suitable strategies to enhance delivery of difficult science topics
  • explore practical activities to stretch, challenge and embed understanding
  • support students in applying their knowledge in unfamiliar contexts
  • better support your students with the challenges of the exams


Aiming for grade 9 in science - day 121 September 202211:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
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Aiming for grade 9 in science - day 413 December 202209:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre


This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.

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