Online | Thursday 24 June 2021


Our new ‘How to be a Brilliant Teacher’ course is intended for all teachers who wish to ensure the high achievement of their students in A Level Biology. By providing tried and tested effective teaching techniques the course aims to help teachers create outstanding teaching and lessons with clearly defined tasks, ensuring active involvement of students, signposting learning and celebrating success.


  • Gain knowledge of how to produce brilliant and motivational teaching lessons which improve student performance
  • Learn how to create an outstanding course and lesson for Biology
  • Take away ideas for excellent practical starters and tasks
  • Develop methods of sharing, reflecting and assessing with students to raise attainment
  • Heads of Science
  • Heads of Biology
  • All teachers of A-Level Biology
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • 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


10.00 – 11.15am
What is an Outstanding Biology Lesson?

  • What do OFSTED /ISI and observation teams look for in an outstanding lesson?
  • How can we apply this to our everyday teaching of Biology?
  • Developing ideas for the layout and content of outstanding A-level Biology lesson plans
  • Exploring methods to immediately signpost prior learning

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.45pm
High Impact strategies for delivering theory and practical sessions in A-level Biology

  • Success criteria – what they are and how to meet them
  • How can we immediately engage Biology learners through brilliant starter activities in practical lessons?
  • Using differentiation and target setting effectively to meet all learner needs
  • Creating the ‘razzle dazzle’ through active learning of Biology in tasks
  • Maintaining the pace in practical sessions to ensure active involvement

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm
Sharing, reflecting and assessing. Evidencing learning in theory and practical Biology sessions

  • Exploring methods of peer learning in A-level Biology in both practical and non-practical lessons
  • Strategies for questioning and feedback
  • Stretch and challenge – how to achieve it so that students really make progress
  • Methods to clearly evidence to an observer what progress has been made
  • Ensuring excellent examination performance through exciting teaching
  • Celebrating success

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Outstanding preparation and planning

  • Preparing creatively for observations
  • Observations when facilitating a rehearsal or facilitating exam technique sessions
  • Maintaining the ‘shine’ when sessions are student led
  • Discussion

Final questions and depart

John Medlicott

John has taught for 25 years and has trained teachers for over 15 years where he is regularly graded as “outstanding” by delegates on their evaluation forms. This year he has chaired National Conferences in School Leadership & Teaching and Learning and has led a debate on “the future of A levels” and “Implications of the new OFSTED Framework” at the 6th annual Sixth Form Leadership conference in London. He has held a number of Senior Management positions as well as leading departments both in the UK and internationally.

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