This new course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in future AQA A-level Biology examinations. The course will explore the characteristics of A/A* students identified in research and why and how we have to challenge our most able Biology students.
Focused extensively on evidence-based teaching, learning and assessment practice as well as feedback from the most recent exams, you will leave with a vast range of resources and practical strategies that will enable you to meet the needs of your most able students and ultimately increase A and A* grade attainment.
Finally, we will look beyond the course to focus on preparing these students to continue studying Biology at university.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Increase awareness of what teacher should aim to achieve with the most able Biologists
Gain the latest evidence-based practice that challenges A/A* students
Develop greater understanding of what examiners are looking for in Grade A/A* responses
Take away a range of innovative teaching ideas and electronic resources for your most able students
Learn how to develop resilience so that talented Biology students achieve their A/A* potential
Focused on identifying the demands of Grades A & A* and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
A detailed look at the different demands of questions
Challenging our most able students
10.00 – 10.45am
Who are our most able students?
Why do we have to challenge our most able students?
How are A/A* Grades achieved?
10.45 – 11.00am
Focus on assessment demands for A/A* students
11.00 – 12.00pm
Examine the assessment demands of all components including the use of assessment objectives as a framework for assessment
Consider the most effective models for delivery of the course to ensure effective assessment
Feedback and grading analysis from the most recent exam. What is required for A/A*?
Analysis of mark schemes – which sections/questions differentiated candidates?
Grades A & A*: what are the differences between these?
Key attributes of Grade A/A* students in the classroom
Avoiding potential hazards: what can cost a top student their A/A* grade?
The key challenges for A/A* students in the Papers
12.00 – 1.00pm
Developing a deep understanding of core Biology concepts
Supporting students to write top band essays
Developing a personalised approach to note taking to support recall
Applying Biological concepts to consistently write top band evaluation
Activating prior knowledge to improve retention of key topic areas
1.00 – 2.00pm
Stretching and Challenging the most able students
2.00 – 3.00pm
Moving on from GCSE approaches – encouraging students to become sensitive readers
Using wider reading to prepare for exams
What makes a strong A-Level response? How can we build up to this?
Working up to full essay questions, and using them to stretch students
Planning with and designing support for students aiming for top grades
Extra-curricular ideas that help get A and A* grades
3.00 – 3.10pm
Tactics for achieving the highest grades
3.10 – 3.40pm
Develop an action plan for success for students aiming for top grades
The shorter questions: what are the potential pitfalls?
Focus on the extended questions and essays: what does a grade A/A* candidate need to do?
Varying response practice to stretch the most able
Revision ideas to help students produce high grade essays
London | Thursday 30 November 2023
London | Tuesday 12 March 2024
Dr Harjit K Singh is an experienced teacher and senior examiner for A level Biology. She has taught and examined A Level Biology for over 25 years, IB Biology for 8 years as well as BTEC Applied Science.
She is a published author of the Key Skills and Knowledge Booster Biology and co-author of Key Skills and Knowledge Booster BTEC Science Applied and Vocational courses. She has presented many biology courses for teachers, student revision conferences and online web conferences. She is also involved in presenting international IB student revision courses.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Teachers of AQA A-Level Biology
Heads of Biology/Science
Aspiring Heads of Biology/Science
Teachers with responsibility for A-Level Biology
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course