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Thursday, July 4 • 11:40am - 12:55pm
The Real Value of Practical Science

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AQA have been analysing how the questions on our A-level science examination papers have performed since reform, with particular focus on questions that have been designed to assess practical work indirectly. Essentially we have been able to look at performance of individual students or whole cohorts of students across a wide range of schools and colleges that make entries with us. As an awarding body holding a majority market share, we have also worked face to face with teachers from almost 2000 schools and colleges since monitoring visits started in January 2016 and some interesting trends are emerging. This workshop will aim to share our methodology behind this current and on-going research, with particular reference to what we are actively doing to support teachers as they deliver practical science in the laboratory. Common barriers such as a lack of teaching resources (including technician provision) can make practical science tempting to superficially deliver or at worst completely ignore, especially if compounded by the skills gap that has unfortunately developed as a by-produce of the controlled assessments in the legacy specifications. Coming to this session will stress how important practical science is to students today.

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Catherine Witter

Science Curriculum Lead / Senior Practical Advisor, AQA
My role involves leading the AQA team responsible for advising UK schools on best practice for Science practical work at both GCSE and A-level. During my twenty year teaching career, I taught all three Sciences, was Head of Faculty for Science and held whole-school responsibility... Read More →

Thursday July 4, 2019 11:40am - 12:55pm BST
Owen 1026 https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Sheffield+Hallam+University/@53.378081,-1.4708524,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x487982831b2243e9:0x37add1086f57be4f!8m2!3d53.3780778!4d-1.466475