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Maximising Performance in GCSE Geography

Practical strategies for raising achievement at KS4

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Suitable for: This course is suitable for those new to the teaching of GCSE Geography as well as those aiming to gain new ideas.

Phases suitable for:

  • Secondary

Course Reference: 8085WW

At GCSE, the relentless drive for results can lead to an over-emphasis on content rather than enjoyment of the subject. Keeping students engaged and motivated is a major key to success. This course looks at gaining an understanding of the assessment criteria and practical ways of adapting your existing lesson plans.

  • Understand the assessment criteria for core GCSE specifications
  • Explore what motivates and engages KS4 students
  • Tweak your schemes of work and lesson plans to include a wider range of approaches
  • Ask the ‘big questions’ – develop higher order skills and critical thinking
  • Use effective assessment for learning and feedback to motivate and drive achievement
  • Consider ideas for improving students’ recall and maximising exam performance


Good foundations
  • Understanding the assessment criteria
  • Sharing the criteria with your students in a meaningful way, so that they appreciate the effect on their final outcome
  • Explore what motivates and engages KS4 students
Small changes, big impact
  • Tweaking your schemes of work and lesson plans
  • Incorporating a wider range of approaches to maintain engagement and appeal to all learners
  • Asking better questions – higher order skills and critical thinking
Assessment for learning
  • Using effective assessment to motivate your students to higher levels
  • Feedback for progress
  • Ensuring geographical skills are embedded
Maximising exam performance
  • Understanding the key command words
  • Ideas for improving students’ revision and recall
  • Avoiding the common pitfalls
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