Aiming for A/A* in Pearson Edexcel A-Level Politics
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 Politics examinations. The course will explore the characteristics of A/A* students identified in research and why and how we must challenge our most able Politics 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 Politics at university.
The course is designed for teachers of Pearson Edexcel A-Level Politics, 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?
Break and informal discussion
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
A look at some of the challenging areas and difficult topics in A-Level Politics
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 Politics 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
Afternoon tea and informal discussion
3.00 – 3.15pm
Stretching and Challenging the Most Able Students
3.15 – 3.45pm
What makes a strong A-Level response? How can we build up to this?
Using wider reading to prepare for exams
using questions over and above recommended reading, preparing for Oxbridge
Resources and lessons to stretch the most able students in Politics.
Strategies for stretching A/A* students in a mixed-ability classroom and challenging complacent high-achievers
John Jefferies has been head of Politics at Warwick School since 1998. He was Head of Sixth Form for 13 years and is currently Senior Tutor. He has examined A-Level Politics and written and co-written 5 texts books on domestic and global politics. He contributes to Politics Review and regularly appears on the Heaton podcast with Warwick School Head of History, Oliver O’Brien.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Teachers of Pearson Edexcel A-Level Politics
Heads of Politics
Aspiring Heads of Politics
Teachers with responsibility for A-Level Politics
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course