To remain masters of our subject, it’s important that we keep learning and reflecting on our practice. This course provides teachers that opportunity, providing fresh and active strategies and practical advice to refresh your teaching in Biology


  • Tools to motivate, track performance and recognise underachievement
  • Develop a programme of early intervention strategies
  • Add to your range of teaching strategies to engage learners of all abilities
  • Support learners by understanding what examiners are looking for
  • Develop your teaching in the most difficult topic areas
COURSE DATE London, Tuesday 04 July 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of Biology
Teachers of A level Biology
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 10.40am: Monitoring and early intervention

  • Explore a range of tools to track student performance and highlight underachievement
  • Utilise early intervention strategies to effectively support learners
  • Bridging the knowledge gap between GCSE and A level

10.40 – 10.55am: Break


10.55 – 12.20pm: Techniques to engage learners of all abilities and ensure success

  • Working with mixed ability classes: how to stretch and motivate learners
  • Using activate learning approaches to make sense of practical work
  • Implementing strategies to encourage independent learning a skill necessary for success

12.20 – 1.20pm: Lunch


1.20 – 2.45pm: Maximise exam performance. What are the examiners looking for?

  • Help learners identify where and how they need to improve
  • How to make students work harder without overloading yourself
  • Helping learners to interpret exam questions

2.45 – 3.00pm: Break


3.00 – 4.00pm: Teaching challenging A-Level Biology topics

  • Examine teaching techniques to improve achievement in the most difficult topics
  • Understanding how to pitch concepts at the right level and depth for student success

Michael Brown

Michael Brown has been an examiner for 15 years and has worked in post 16 education for 23 years, initially as an A-level Biology Tutor before progressing to Head of Department and finally STEM and Quality Initiatives Manager.  He has had a positive effect on student’s aspirations and achievement; his Learner Voice results are always very positive and examination results have been consistently above benchmark for all KPI’s with excellent value added.

As a Head of Department he completed an ‘Exceeding Expectations’ management training course and is a strong and effective leader. His Science provision was chosen as part of OFSTED’s Good practice survey: Improving Sciences in Colleges. Michael was then seconded to another campus to improve science results and turned around the department within 12 months. During this time his college also reached the finals of the National STEMNET Awards for three consecutive years.