ABOUT THIS COURSE


In this updated course, we will look at the new skills and assessment across the 3 OCR A Level papers: Biological Processes, Biological Diversity and Unified Biology and share ideas on how to address any issues and concerns raised after the Summer A level examinations in 2017.

The sessions will give you the opportunity to take away concrete strategies, so you can return to your classrooms with the ideas, skills and confidence to prepare for teaching the third year of this new specification.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

The course will focus on:

  • Understanding the nature, structure and assessment objectives of each paper
  • An in depth analysis of the mark schemes for these 3 papers
  • Strategies for success when teaching the new specification
  • Strategies for dealing with the challenges of the linear A Level

 

COURSE DATE London Monday 12 November 2018
WHO FOR?  All teachers of OCR A level Biology
Heads of Biology
NQTs
COURSE CODE 6774
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
INCLUDED
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch

 

1

10.00 – 10.45am: Overview of the new OCR Specification 2016

  • Exploring the new Papers 1, 2 and 3
  • Assessment overview: the question types, assessment objectives
  • Skills focus: an outline of the new mark schemes and the requirements of the new AS/A Level
2

10.45 – 11.00am: Discussion: coffee break

3

11.00 – 12.00pm: Extended questions and level of response mark schemes

  • Adapting your teaching to successfully deliver the depth required within the A level course
  • Understanding the style/nature of the questions and the mark schemes
  • Exploring the skills necessary for success when the extended questions in the 3 papers at A level
  • Gaining strategies to aid students in writing high-achieving responses in these questions
4

12.00 – 1.00pm: Practical, mathematical and synoptic questions

  • Adapting your teaching to successfully deliver the breadth within the A level course
  • Understanding the style/nature of the questions and the mark schemes
  • Exploring the skills necessary for success
  • Gaining strategies to aid students in writing high-achieving responses in these questions
5

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch

6

2.00 – 3.30pm: Successful delivery of Modules 5 Communication, homeostasis and energy and 6 Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

A practical session focussing on strategies for delivering a range of topics across the 2 modules in engaging and novel ways

  • Moving away from lectures
  • Independent learning
  • Peer tuition and group work
  • Effective feedback and DIRT time
7

3.30 – 3.45pm: Collaborative planning plenary activity – strategies for success in the linear exam

John Medlicott

John has taught for 15 years and has trained teachers for over 10 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.