ABOUT THIS COURSE

This course is a new one, building on the course that Dr Cromarty previously offered (6655: Ancient History A-Level: Teaching the New Specification). The challenge with teaching A-Level Ancient History is to prepare students thoroughly, in both years, for linear examinations which have an increased demand and primary source content.

We will consider the various elements of the course as idiosyncratic contributors to the qualification, identifying useful teaching and assessment methodologies, highlighting the various question types and Assessment Objectives.

The overall thrust of the course is to ensure that teachers are best able to equip their students for the first examinations of this course in June 2019.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Ensure teacher understanding of examination requirements for first examination cycle
  • Maximise student attainment for first examination cycle
  • Allow all students the opportunity to be successful with all question types
  • Develop approaches that will stretch more able students and support those requiring more assistance
COURSE DATE London Wednesday 19 June 2019
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? 
  • All teachers of OCR A-Level Ancient History
COURSE CODE 7306
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
INCLUDED
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues

 

10.00 – 10.30am
Introduction & Highlight Delegate Needs

  • A loosely structured session where the issues arising from the first year of teaching the course may be aired
  • Suggestions for course structuring and confirmation of support areas available from OCR

10.30 – 11.15am
Primary Sources – Approaches, Assessment, and Confidence Building

  • Exemplar analysis of Primary Source material: ‘Can Our Learners Identify and Employ Best Practice?’
  • Methodologies for student engagement and understanding
  • Source Tracking and Source Use: ‘How Can We Improve Retention and Understanding?’

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 1.00pm
Period Study – Responding to the Material to Maximise Student Attainment

  • Examine the content and nature of the Period Study (Greek and Roman papers)
  • Identification of problem-areas with the Specification and highlighting methodologies to improve student attainment
  • Structure of Teaching and Assessment of Students (including interpretation of Markscheme)
  • Essays and approaches: including exemplar student material, with marking exercise
  • Secondary Academic Literature: engaging pupils with the challenge and how to respond to the 20-marker

1.00 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.45pm
Depth Study – Responding to the Material to Maximise Student Attainment

  • Examine the content and nature of the Depth Study (with especial focus on the Roman ‘Flavian’ option and Greek ‘Culture of Athens’)
  • Identification of problem-areas with the specification and highlighting methodologies to improve student attainment
  • Structure of Teaching and Assessment of Students (including interpretation of Markscheme)
  • Essays and approaches: including exemplar student material, with marking exercise
  • Discrete Source Analysis: how to respond to the 12-marker

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea


3.00 – 4.00pm
What strategies can we implement to make students more successful?

  • Suggestions for ‘Stretch & Challenge’ opportunities, including Harkness
  • Better supporting pupils who need extra assistance: feedback options, marking options, etc.
  • Academic extension and exchange opportunities: ‘Breaking Through the Classroom Wall’

Dr Rob Cromarty

Dr Rob Cromarty has taught Latin, Greek, Classical Civilisation, and Ancient History for the past 11 years. He has great experience with both A-Level and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, in addition to OCR’s GCSE courses for all Classical subjects.

He has previously marked for OCR A-Level Ancient History and his most recent work for OCR was as author of the Ancient History Bloomsbury/OCR textbook for the Roman half of the A-Level qualification. He is now in the process of writing the Bloomsbury/OCR text book commentary for the selection of Tacitus Annals IV for Latin A-Level.

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