ABOUT THIS COURSE
This course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve grades A & A* in future A-Level Politics examinations, particularly for those choosing the USA 3A option. Led by a highly experienced senior examiner for a major awarding body, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for all three exams which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher-level skills. The course will offer detailed analysis of what is expected the top levels and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
- Gain a clear understanding of the demands of Grades A & A*
- Benefit from a detailed look at the different demands of questions across the UK, Ideas and US units in all three papers
- Develop a confident grasp of the mark schemes and clarify your understanding of the requirements of the highest levels.
- Sample answers at Grades A and A* will be discussed and marked
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10.00 – 10.45am
Grades A and A*: how to achieve the highest levels
- Consideration of what determines A* learners, including feedback from the 2019 exams
- Structure of the specification, A-Level Politics exams and what they require of the best students
- Analysis of mark schemes: what are the examiners looking for?
- What do the three Assessment Objectives mean for A & A* grade students?
10.45 – 11.00am
11.00 – 12.00pm
Teaching UK: key challenges for Grade A/A* students
- Approaches to the 30-mark source question: how can students achieve Level 5?
- Writing essays with ‘well substantiated conclusions’: how can students meet the criteria for Level 5 in the 30-mark essay?
- Managing the content: how much should A and A* grade students know?
- How do A*/A students keep up to date with political developments and apply their knowledge?
12.00 – 1.00pm
Teaching Political Ideas: stretching and challenging the most able
- Political Ideas: how to organise your teaching
- Political Ideas: demands of the question and how to plan them
- Using thinkers effectively
1.00 – 2.00pm
2.00pm – 2.45pm
Gaining the highest marks in the 12-mark USA Comparative questions
• What could be asked
• How to structure Q1 & Q2
• How to add theory to Q2 most effectively
30 mark essays
• Managing the content: how much should A and A* grade students know?
• Dealing with multi-topic questions – the hardest challenge?
• How can students manage top levels in all three Assessment Objectives.
• Stretching top students with examples
• How do A* students keep up to date with political developments and apply their knowledge?
2.45pm – 3.30pm
Revision approaches for A and A* students
- Working to the standard: reviewing and marking specimen scripts to work to the top grades
- Revision ideas to help students to produce high grade answers
- Varying answer practice to stretch the most able
3.30 – 3.45pm
Plenary discussion and depart
Kathy Schindler has taught at and led an A Level Politics department at a top state school for nearly 20 years. She is an experienced A Level Politics examiner and Team Leader for a major awarding group. She was involved in writing the new A Level Politics linear specification and has co-written two A Level Politics textbooks, published by Pearson. She runs many training sessions to help teachers prepare for the new Politics A Level. She also runs sessions in schools to support teachers as well as students.