Transition from GCSE to A-Level: Reducing the Misconceptions
ABOUT THIS COURSE
This course is aimed at teachers working with mixed ability students who are looking to increase the uptake of
A level Chemistry and ensure the building blocks are in place to access top marks in both GCSE and A level
examinations. The course covers a range of effective teaching and assessment strategies, monitoring, early
intervention and exam technique and approaches that improve confidence, effort and achievement. The
course provides a comprehensive toolkit that adds value and will help learners excel in their GCSE and AS
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Understand why students struggle with both GCSE and A level Chemistry and how to break down and simplify learning
How to teach challenging topics
Utilise techniques to quickly identify underperformance and implement effective support strategies for success
Increased understanding of how to motivate underachieving learners and improve exam performance
Techniques for tackling synoptic and data handling questions with confidence
Develop effective teaching and learning techniques to help lower ability learners to retain knowledge and better understand concepts
Gain insight into the content, the exam structure and the how exams are marked
What is the issue?
10.00 – 11.35am
Understanding the similarities and differences from a student’s perspective moving from GCSE to A
How utilising pedagogy can help break down the learning
Implementing lesson plans to ensure that students understand key concepts.
Develop effective techniques to help lower ability learners to retain knowledge and develop skills.
Lesson strategies that address difficult concepts where students experience difficulties
Discussion: Coffee Break
11:35 – 11:50am
Monitoring & early intervention strategies that positively impact on student performance and engagement
11.50 – 12.30am
Techniques to quickly identify underperforming students and implement strategies to effectively support them.
Using a range of monitoring tools to track performance, recognise underachievement and motivate learners.
Explore early intervention strategies that engage learners and develop independent learning skills
Implementing mastery tests to identify students who haven’t grasped the fundamental concepts
Driving student progress through marking and feedback
Lunch and informal discussion
12.30 – 1.30pm
The Exams: Practical Strategies to raise attainment levels and enhance exam performance
1.30 – 2.15pm
Embed exam technique into your teaching to enhance the performance of all ability students
Explore assessment strategies to help learners identify where they need to improve and how to achieve this.
How to effectively use feedback.
Methods to help students understand how the exam are marked and ways to help students use this knowledge
How to tackle questions set in both a theoretical and practical context.
Improve your students ‘confidence in being able to analyse, interpret and evaluate information, data and ideas.
How to ensure practical skills are developed ready for KS5 and effectively utilised in exam questions
2.15 – 2.45pm
Strategies to enable students to demonstrate these competencies consistently and routinely
Developing and assessing the more challenging skills e.g. opportunities for students to select equipment and measurement strategies or to make adjustments when necessary.
Researching, referencing and reporting – skill-building ideas to develop students’ competence in using secondary sources to support planning and conclusion
Exam Success: Preparing students for the Practical assessments
2.45 – 3.15pm
Using the language of measurement – ideas and activities to embed the key terms
Strategies to improve exam technique in practical-based questions
Examples of questions testing different assessment objectives
Dee Martin is Head of Chemistry
& STEM at Prince Henry’s High
School in Evesham, an Academy
with a non-selective intake. She
is an experienced AQA A-Level
Chemistry examiner and currently
delivers revision courses to many
schools across the country guiding
teachers in preparing for exams
and helping to raise student grades.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Non-specialist Teachers of
New and Experienced Teachers
of GCSE Chemistry
Heads of Chemistry
Heads of Science
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course