This new course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in future Pearson 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?
Essential and desirable skills required
10.45 – 11.00am
Focus on assessment demands for A/A* students
11.00 – 12.00pm
Developing effective strategies for ensuring independent learning in students to help reduce dependency and avoid a culture of spoon feeding
Examine the assessment demands of all components including the use of assessment objectives as a framework for assessment
Analysis of mark schemes – which sections/questions differentiated candidates?
Avoiding potential hazards: what can cost a top student their A/A* grade?
The key challenges for A/A* students in Paper 1 , 2 and 3
12.00 – 1.00pm
Embedding research methods throughout the course to access higher marks
Developing a personalised approach to note taking to support recall
Developing confidence levels to go beyond the textbook
How to make nuanced judgements and reaching balanced conclusions to hit the top band
Focusing on ‘complex tasks’ rather than ‘difficult tasks’ to achieve the A*
How to expand your students learning rather than just accelerate it
1.00 – 2.00pm
Stretching and Challenging the most able students
2.00 – 3.00pm
What makes a strong A-Level response? How can we build up to this?
Common factors and successful strategies amongst A* / A grade students
Effective questioning in the classroom
Making connections to develop synoptic thinking
Synoptic thinking at AS to help achieve the A* at A Level
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 quality responses
London | Thursday 09 November 2023
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