This new course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in future AQA A-level Chemistry examinations. The course will explore the characteristics of A/A* students identified in research and why and how we must challenge our most able Chemistry 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 Chemistry at university. The course is designed for teachers of AQA A-Level Chemistry, but would be of benefit to teachers of other exam boards as well.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Understand how applying current pedagogy regarding flipped learning and metacognition will transform your teaching of more able students
Develop the use of mental models to promote student recall, supporting the teaching of the most challenging A-Level topics
Develop greater understanding of the precision and detail that examiners are looking for in A/A* students
Find out more about the barriers to progression and ways to support highly able students to overcome them
A detailed look at the different demands of questions and how to prepare students to answer then effectively
Take away a range of innovative teaching ideas and electronic resources to help advance your most able students
Focus on the pedagogy; how can it unlock the potential of A/A* students?
10.00 – 11.15am
Mental models, metacognition and flipped learning; how can they be practically applied and what benefits will they deliver
Review characteristics of A and A* A-Level students
How are A/A* Grades achieved?
11.15 – 11.30am
The Exams – Techniques and Tactics
11.30 – 1.00pm
The key topics A/A* students find most challenging and how to scaffold
Techniques for memory retrieval and recall and application to examination questions
Dissecting examination questions- vocabulary & command words
Strategies to improve responses to exam questions and signposting
Dealing with the maths; a look at some of the challenging areas of physical chemistry including: challenging titration questions, graphs and related questions, pH and buffers
Mechanisms; how to embed the academic rigour required to maximise marks
Avoiding potential hazards – what can cost a top student their A/A* grade?
1.00 – 2.00pm
The key challenges for A/A* students in the Papers
2.00 – 3.00pm
Developing a deep understanding of core Chemistry concepts
Practical questions; supporting students to write top level response questions every time
Developing a personalised approach to note taking to support recall
Activating prior knowledge to improve retention of key topic areas
3.00 – 3.15pm
Stretching and Challenging the most able students
3.15 – 3.45pm
Moving on from GCSE approaches – highlighting the teaching differences from the start of the A level course
What makes a strong A-Level response? How can we build up to this?
Using wider reading to prepare for exams
RSC Olympiad resources and Cambridge Chemistry Challenge – using questions over and above recommended reading, preparing for Oxbridge
Embedding RSC Olympiad resources and Cambridge Chemistry Challenge resources into schemes of work and lessons to stretch the most able students in Chemistry.
Strategies for stretching A/A* students in a mixed-ability classroom and challenging complacent high-achievers
London | Wednesday 06 December 2023
London | Wednesday 20 March 2024
Dee Martin is Head of Chemistry & STEM at Prince Henry’s High School in Evesham, an Academy with a non-selective intake. She is an experienced AQA A level Chemistry examiner and currently delivers revision courses to many schools across the country guiding teachers in preparing for exams and helping to raise student grades.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Teachers of AQA A-Level Chemistry
Heads of Chemistry/Science
Aspiring Heads of Chemistry/Science
Teachers with responsibility for A-Level Chemistry
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course