Exam Success: How to Make Learning Stick in D&T

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Exam Success: How to Make Learning Stick in D&T

This is a one day face to face course.

This course compliments our courses on planning and auditing a D&T curriculum, as well as our course on practical approaches to D&T theory, as it looks in more detail at the teaching and learning strategies that help students engage in learning in D&T. 

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There are currently no planned dates for this course. Alternative options include:

  • Training for your department or for a group of local teachers. If you can get together at least 6 people we can run this course at your school (usually 10am - 4pm). Scroll down to see the full course content. You will need:
    1. At least 6 participants (maximum usually 10). We can work with smaller groups but a fee for 6 participants is charged.
    2. Room with a projector that’s suitable for D&T activities (it doesn’t need to be a D&T room but good access to electrical sockets is needed). A room that avoids steps works best because of equipment we bring (unless there’s a lift). 
    3. Ability to provide refreshments and a buffet style lunch (usually in the room).
    4. Preferably onsite parking.
    5. Prices start from £225 per person depending on location. If more than 6 participants attend we offer one place for free.
    6. For more details download the information sheet or contact us.


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Exam success
  • To create students who are more engaged & who take responsibility for their learning.
  • To recommend key priorities for knowledge & understanding.
  • To develop strategies that embed learning, along with developing higher order thinking strategies that help students maximise their grades.

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What is the course about?

  • Includes content relevant to all D&T GCSE exam boards  (with content that is also relevant to A level D&T).
  • Focus on teaching and learning strategies that can be used every day to develop a curriculum that embeds learning.
  • Developing a curriculum that develops good learning habits from KS3 onwards, but without a ‘teaching to the test’ approach.
  • Strategies that support every day delivery of theory (although this course doesn’t focus on the NEA some strategies are relevant to the NEA).
  • Flagging up key priorities in theory content that will help students be successful in the exam.
  • Understanding more about metacognition and using evidence based strategies to support learning, such as spaced and retrieval practice.
  • Ideas for practical activities that teach theory in a hands on way, particularly for the core content of the exam paper.
  • Strategies for approaching both low and high mark questions at GCSE and how students can develop ways of thinking to help them structure their answers.
  • Strategies for maximising the performance of borderline students, as well as high flyers, without adding to teacher workload.
  • The day will encourage you to think differently & to challenge & reflect on how you currently do things. You will do a range of activities that will help you find solutions that will work in your classroom immediately, along with resources that support longer term planning. 
  • This course compliments our courses on planning and auditing a D&T curriculum, as well as our course on practical approaches to D&T theory. If you have attended these courses you may find the content useful to help you develop your curriculum further as this course looks in more detail at the teaching and learning strategies that help students engage in learning in D&T. 


  • Content doesn’t focus on one board and doesn't cover any one theory areas in depth. 
  • Exam questions will be considered but the course doesn't include extensive use of these, nor will delegates take part in marking practice exercises. Instead the focus is on longer term teaching & learning strategies that better develop exam technique. 
  • The focus is on the written exam so there will be very limited reference to the NEA.

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Resources participants get

  • Large range of materials to carry out all activities.
  • Wide range of supporting resources for practical activities carried out in the session.

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What do delegates say about the course?

  • It was an intense training session which was so helpful, engaging and useful. It resulted in me working so well with my students in the GCSE [and] together we achieved the highest results the school has ever seen. 
  • Exceeded my expectations and immediately useful - really great course
  • Excellent course info. Great ideas to try out right away. I’m going to work on some of these on the train!
  • Excellent pace & delivery, informative, well pitched & impactful advice. Fantastic course with ideas & resources that will actually support my teaching & learning. 
  • Very clear, lots of things to take back and use straight away. Hands on approach with ideas for deeper thinking
  • What a fantastic day! Personalised learning which has given me so many fantastic ideas. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to make improvements to revision. 

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