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Outstanding AQA A Level Biology Teaching

Course Code:
T0153
£269.00+vat

ABOUT THIS COURSE

This course, updated for 2024, is designed for all teachers who wish to ensure all students maximise their potential in A-Level Biology. By providing a range of proven, effective advanced teaching techniques, reinvigorated approaches, the course aims to help teachers created outstanding teaching, learning and achievement success to raise the overall attainment of their classes. Emphasis will be placed on the content students often struggle with and strategies to teach this more successfully, how to wrestle with the challenges of the synoptic nature of the courses and skills students need for successful exam performance. At the heart of this course is the need for rigorous understanding of the topics covered in order to flexibly apply this knowledge to unfamiliar examination scenarios, and how this can be improved for students from different starting points. This intensive course will demonstrate how to guide your students to achieve their maximise possible grades in future AQA A-Level Biology examinations. The course is designed for teachers of AQA A-Level Biology, but would be of benefit to teachers of other exam boards.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Explore the key concepts in biology that underpin topic content to develop an integrated approach to biological study
  • Develop the use of retrieval practice to promote student recall, supporting the teaching of the most challenging A Level topics
  • Strategies and scaffolding to support student’s application of knowledge to novel contexts
  • New approaches for Biological writing, how to support students to write coherently using biological terminology correctly.
  • Take away fresh ideas, approaches and methods that challenge A/A* students and support their further development
  • Develop greater understanding of the precision and detail that examiners are looking for in A/A* students
  • Find out more about the barriers to progress and ways to support highly able students to overcome them

PROGRAMME

Planning for Success: Exploring the core concepts to build an integrated approach

10.00 – 11.00am
  • Identifying and highlighting the core concepts to build an integrated approach to teaching biology. What are the ‘first principles’ in biology that give students a solid foundation for A Level study?
  • Sequencing topic content to embed opportunities for retrieval practice.
  • Using core concepts to teach the most challenging areas of the course: the electron transport chain, immunity and action potentials.
  • Interleaving taught content to promote student understanding of the inter-related nature of biological study supporting the teaching of more challenging content (e.g. interleaving photosynthesis and productivity, membranes and transport and action potentials.)

 

Break

11.00 – 11.15am

Strategies and Scaffolding to support students’ application of knowledge to Unfamiliar Contexts

11.15 – 12.15pm
  • Anticipating misconceptions and strategies to avoid them in meiosis
  • Scaffolds to support students in developing fluency with biological terminology.
  • Example frameworks that encourage students to develop rich and full responses on selection
  • Questions, question types – breaking down the questions, applying appropriate responses.
  • Tackling Hardy-Weinberg equations with modelling approaches.
  • Interpreting stats tests correctly and building the three-part conclusion.

Raising Performance in Exams

12.15 – 1.00pm
  • Building vocabulary and developing high end skills – spotting the key command words
  • How to apply the appropriate knowledge to questions covering ‘unfamiliar contexts.’
  • Integrating practical skills and theoretical content to help students write about their practical work confidently
  • How to support students to write coherently using biological terminology correctly.
  • Evaluating conclusions made by other scientists – why students don’t seem to get it.
  • Making links – example responses to the synoptic essay and what examiners are looking for.

 

Lunch

1.00 – 2.00pm

Differentiation – Maximising the Attainment of All Students in AL Biology

2.00 – 2.45pm
  • Teaching to the top: strategies for stretching/A* students and challenging complacent high-achievers.
  • Supporting non-mathematicians in Biology with multi-part maths problems
  • Encouraging self-monitoring and evaluation – when and how to intervene in year 12 and 13
  • Develop greater understanding of the precision and detail that examiners are looking for in A/A* students
  • Embedding Olympiad questions and stretching the most-able students
  • Where to go ‘over and above’ to maximise outcomes
  • Find out more about the barriers to progress and ways to support highly able students to overcome them

Enrichment Programmes to Raise the Profile of A Level Biology

2.45 – 3.30pm
  • Enrichment programmes to raise the profile of A-Level Biology.
  • Where can Biology take me? Ideas to boost progression in the biological sciences.
  • Beyond fieldwork: trips that bring the course to life.
  • What next? Preparation for university and tackling Oxbridge admissions

 

Q&A, Evaluation and Close

3.30pm

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.

COURSE LEADER

Dr Harjit K Singh is an experienced teacher and senior examiner for A level Biology. She has taught and examined A Level Biology for over 25 years, IB Biology for 8 years as well as BTEC Applied Science.

She is a published author of the Key Skills and Knowledge Booster Biology and co-author of Key Skills and Knowledge Booster BTEC Science Applied and Vocational courses. She has presented many biology courses for teachers, student revision conferences and online web conferences. She is also involved in presenting international IB student revision courses.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Heads of Science
  • Heads of Biology
  • Teachers of AQA A-level Biology
  • Teachers of other A Level Biology Exam Boards
  • ECTs in A-Level Biology would also benefit from this course

THIS COURSE INCLUDES

  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

Description

ABOUT THIS COURSE

This course, updated for 2024, is designed for all teachers who wish to ensure all students maximise their potential in A-Level Biology. By providing a range of proven, effective advanced teaching techniques, reinvigorated approaches, the course aims to help teachers created outstanding teaching, learning and achievement success to raise the overall attainment of their classes.

Emphasis will be placed on the content students often struggle with and strategies to teach this more successfully, how to wrestle with the challenges of the synoptic nature of the courses and skills students need for successful exam performance.

At the heart of this course is the need for rigorous understanding of the topics covered in order to flexibly apply this knowledge to unfamiliar examination scenarios, and how this can be improved for students from different starting points.

This intensive course will demonstrate how to guide your students to achieve their maximise possible grades in future AQA A-Level Biology examinations. The course is designed for teachers of AQA A-Level Biology, but would be of benefit to teachers of other exam boards.


BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Explore the key concepts in biology that underpin topic content to develop an integrated approach to biological study
  • Develop the use of retrieval practice to promote student recall, supporting the teaching of the most challenging A Level topics
  • Strategies and scaffolding to support student’s application of knowledge to novel contexts
  • New approaches for Biological writing, how to support students to write coherently using biological terminology correctly.
  • Take away fresh ideas, approaches and methods that challenge A/A* students and support their further development
  • Develop greater understanding of the precision and detail that examiners are looking for in A/A* students
  • Find out more about the barriers to progress and ways to support highly able students to overcome them

PROGRAMME

Planning for Success: Exploring the core concepts to build an integrated approach

10.00 – 11.00am

  • Identifying and highlighting the core concepts to build an integrated approach to teaching biology. What are the ‘first principles’ in biology that give students a solid foundation for A Level study?
  • Sequencing topic content to embed opportunities for retrieval practice.
  • Using core concepts to teach the most challenging areas of the course: the electron transport chain, immunity and action potentials.
  • Interleaving taught content to promote student understanding of the inter-related nature of biological study supporting the teaching of more challenging content (e.g. interleaving photosynthesis and productivity, membranes and transport and action potentials.)

 

Break

11.00 – 11.15am


Strategies and Scaffolding to support students’ application of knowledge to Unfamiliar Contexts

11.15 – 12.15pm

  • Anticipating misconceptions and strategies to avoid them in meiosis
  • Scaffolds to support students in developing fluency with biological terminology.
  • Example frameworks that encourage students to develop rich and full responses on selection
  • Questions, question types – breaking down the questions, applying appropriate responses.
  • Tackling Hardy-Weinberg equations with modelling approaches.
  • Interpreting stats tests correctly and building the three-part conclusion.

Raising Performance in Exams

12.15 – 1.00pm

  • Building vocabulary and developing high end skills – spotting the key command words
  • How to apply the appropriate knowledge to questions covering ‘unfamiliar contexts.’
  • Integrating practical skills and theoretical content to help students write about their practical work confidently
  • How to support students to write coherently using biological terminology correctly.
  • Evaluating conclusions made by other scientists – why students don’t seem to get it.
  • Making links – example responses to the synoptic essay and what examiners are looking for.

 

Lunch

1.00 – 2.00pm


Differentiation – Maximising the Attainment of All Students in AL Biology

2.00 – 2.45pm

  • Teaching to the top: strategies for stretching/A* students and challenging complacent high-achievers.
  • Supporting non-mathematicians in Biology with multi-part maths problems
  • Encouraging self-monitoring and evaluation – when and how to intervene in year 12 and 13
  • Develop greater understanding of the precision and detail that examiners are looking for in A/A* students
  • Embedding Olympiad questions and stretching the most-able students
  • Where to go ‘over and above’ to maximise outcomes
  • Find out more about the barriers to progress and ways to support highly able students to overcome them

Enrichment Programmes to Raise the Profile of A Level Biology

2.45 – 3.30pm

  • Enrichment programmes to raise the profile of A-Level Biology.
  • Where can Biology take me? Ideas to boost progression in the biological sciences.
  • Beyond fieldwork: trips that bring the course to life.
  • What next? Preparation for university and tackling Oxbridge admissions

 

Q&A, Evaluation and Close

3.30pm

Additional information

Location and Date

London | Friday 13 December 2024, London | Friday 21 June 2024, Manchester | Friday 07 June 2024, Manchester | Thursday 21 November 2024

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