Secondary INSET : Raising achievement of lower attaining students in Biology A level

“Left inspired!” Kim Carmichael, Head of Science, Longcroft School

Improving the performance of lower attaining A level Biology students

  • How do you make the new Biology specifications more accessible to lower attaining students?
  • How do you support and differentiate for these students effectively whilst still stretching the top students?
  • What strategies are effective in boosting exam performance?
  • How do teachers best use marking and feedback at A level to improve student progress?

This highly interactive workshop is designed to boost exam performance in A level Biology. It is full of strategies and practical ideas for a Biology Department to take on board which improve student progress and attainment whether the board is OCR, AQA, Edexcel or WJEC.

INSET Outline

 

Boosting initial subject knowledge and understanding

  • Closing the gap up from GCSE Fast track to get to know your starting point, how to fill in the gaps
  • Activities for the first few weeks to boost students’ confidence
  • Strategies for helping students to deal with the depth of knowledge and think like A Level Biology students straight away

Getting the teaching “spot on” : ensuring the students understand the fundamental concepts

  • How to differentiate for the lower ability in the same classroom
  • Innovative ways to get students to understand the more challenging concepts
  • Developing independence and resilience
  • Effective questioning to support thinking skills
  • Exemplar lesson activities, demonstrations and practicals for the less able student

Giving students proven strategies to boost exam performance

  • Looking at the different types of questions, tasks, skills and assessment demands – through the eyes of the lower ability biologist
  • Accessing the exam paper, interpreting and understanding the questions
  • How to pull the paper apart to understand it

Tracking progress and intervening with a notable impact on pupil performance

  • Developing a rich dialogue with students to improve performance (and make Ofsted happy!)
  • Using data effectively to set realistic and meaningful targets
  • Formative marking strategies which really add value at A level

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