Aiming for A/A* in Pearson Edexcel A-Level Economics
ABOUT THIS COURSE
This new course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in future Pearson Edexcel A-level Economics examinations. The course will explore the characteristics of A/A* students identified in research and why and how we must challenge our most able Economics 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 Economics at university.
The course is designed for teachers of Pearson Edexcel A-Level Economics, 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 – 11.30amThe Exams – Techniques and Tactics11.30 – 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
A look at some of the challenging areas and difficult topics in A-Level Economics
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 – 2.00pmThe Key Challenges for A/A* Students in the Papers2.00 – 3.00pm
Developing a deep understanding of Economics concepts
Strategies to ensure students write top level responses to 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 – 3.15pmStretching and Challenging the Most Able Students3.15 – 3.45pm
Decoding the exam marking criteria and enhancing proficiency in applying the mark scheme
What is the examiner looking for to reach top grades?
Marking and assessment strategies: supporting students to access the higher level grades
Assessing essay question responses: a critical analysis