This new course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in future AQA A-level Psychology 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 psychology 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 psychology at university.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Increase awareness of what teacher should aim to achieve with the most able Psychologists
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 psychology 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 Paper 3
12.00 – 1.00pm
Embedding synopticity throughout the course to develop deep understanding of core psychological concepts
Supporting students to write top band issues and debates essays
Developing a personalised approach to note taking to support recall
Applying psychology concepts to consistently write top band evaluation
Activating prior knowledge to improve retention of paper 3 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
The value of context – using who?/what?/when?/why? questions to push students
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
Tactics for achieving the highest grades
3.00 – 3.30pm
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 | Wednesday 13 December 2023
London | Wednesday 06 March 2024
Emma Shakespeare is a highly experienced and innovative classroom practitioner, with over 10 years in leading departments and faculties. She is currently an assistant principal in a sixth form college, an SLE and a Chartered Teaching and Research Psychologist. Emma has presented for the Association of Teaching Psychology, National Science Learning Centre and is a very popular Course Leader for Keynote. She combines her wealth of experience or both teaching and leadership with cutting edge research to deliver high quality training for educators.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Heads of Social Science
Heads of Psychology
Teachers of A level Psychology
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course