ABOUT THIS COURSE
This course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve grades A & A* in future Pearson/Edexcel 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* in Pearson Edexcel A-level Politics
- 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
- 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?
- Grades A and A*: what are the difference between these with Pearsons A-level Politics
- Key attributes of Grade A and A* students in the classroom
- Avoiding potential hazards: what can cost a top student their A grade?
10.45 – 11.00am
11.00 – 12.00pm
Teaching UK and US Politics: key challenges for Grade A/A* students
- Tackling the toughest context: approaches to unpick the hardest topics in UK and US Politics
- 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?
- Stretching top students with examples
- Managing the content: how much should A and A* grade students know?
- How A*/A students can 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 to stretch the most able
- Political Ideas: demands of the question and how to plan them
- Using thinkers effectively – what differentiates the best answers
- Utilising wider reading to support A and A* answers
- Deep examination of content – using who?/what?/whay?/when? to push students
1.00 – 2.00pm
2.00pm – 2.45pm
Gaining the highest marks in the 12-mark USA Comparative questions
- What could be asked and what are the potential pitfalls for students
- How to structure Question 1 & Question 2 answers to reach the top mark band
- How to add theory to Q2 most effectively
- What makes a strong A-level answer and how can we build up to thi?
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 taught at and led an A Level Politics department at a top state school for nearly 20 years. She has been an examiner and then a Team Leader for a major awarding body and is a current examiner. Recently she was involved in writing the new A Level Politics linear specification and has co-written two A Level Politics textbooks. She runs many training sessions to help teachers prepare for the Edexcel Politics A Level specification, on which she is an expert.