The Association for Science Education

Raising Attainment in GCSE Science

Date: Tuesday 25th March 2014

Time: 09:00 AM to 03:30 PM

Location : Hunterhouse College, Upper Lisburn Road,Belfast BT10 0LE

Cost : Free for ASE Members/Non-members £30

The day will include a series of hands-on CPD workshops will look at the many ways in which a wide range of strategies can be employed in the classroom to help raise attainment at GCSE including: 

  • Effective revision strategies: this workshop will explore how teachers can plan for the periodic revisiting of topics and provide students with opportunities to refresh their understanding of key ideas.
  • Developing literacy skills: this workshop features a number of practical classroom strategies to support students in producing extended written responses that are both more detailed and of higher quality.
  • Developing numeracy skills: Students are expected to be competent and confident in using and applying numerical concepts, this workshop will explore some practical classroom strategies that can be used to develop these skills; participants will be able to try some approaches out that they can then take away and use.
  • Developing practical skills for assessments: This workshop looks at the skills being assessed and effective ways of developing these.  It looks at how practical work often focuses on a narrower range of skills than is needed and may limit access to higher marks.

Ed Walsh will be presenting the course and providing a wealth of resources to take back and use in your classroom.

How to register

To register for this CPD course please email ASE Region Secretary, Lorna Monroe Please include your name, school, contact email and contact phone number. For more information on ASE membership please visit Membership for schools as well as individuals is available. For more details and booking information download flier

About the Presenter:

Ed Walsh is a curriculum developer, author, CPD provider and school improvement worker. He taught Science for twenty years in Manchester, South Wales and Cornwall and was a team leader for twelve years. He became a Science consultant in 2002 supporting schools and LAs in several parts of England.  Ed is Series Editor for the Collins 21st Century Science GCSE and KS3 Science resources, a Regional Development Leader for the Science Learning Centres and Regional Adviser for AQA. He has developed and provided training for the ASE, BETT, Triple Science Support Programme, Second Level Support Service in Ireland and the English Schools Federation in Hong Kong. His current areas of research and development include assessment and progress tracking and the use of iPads in the teaching of Science.