Excellent teaching and learning for A Level/KS5 biology RH533 / E02

Start date
18 Apr 23
Westcliff High School for Girls, Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0BS View on Google Map


This course will allow you to reflect and build on your already developed teaching strategies. Making use of recent evidence, we will firstly explore what makes an excellent biology lesson and how to support students to become ‘hands on minds on’ learners. A practical session will allow you to reflect on how practicals can support and extend learning.  We will explore enrichment opportunities within biology to ensure your students understand and can apply biology into a range of contexts. Taking these ideas into your classroom will help students to see the role of biology in the wider world and link this to potential careers.

You may be eligible to claim a Teacher Release payment for attending this course - please contact your local Science Learning Partnership to find out : s.burns@setsa.info

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You will:

  • refine teaching and learning strategies for excellent A level biology teaching
  • develop and share practice considering cutting edge approaches to include; effective practicals, dual coding, retrieval practice and novel contexts
  • conclude how to effectively cater for key pupil groups within A level biology lessons
  • identify key ‘out of classroom’ opportunities to further enrich your A level biology curriculum


  • Evidence surrounding excellent science teaching to include:Retrieval practiceBig pictureActive learningUsing a contextChallengeAbstract ideas with concrete examplesRequired practicalsDifferentiating practicals for key pupil groupsGATSBY good practical science benchmarksEnriching your curriculum


1 Excellent teaching and learning for A Level/KS5 biology18 April 202309:00-16:00Westcliff High School for Girls

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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£185.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£350.00 +VAT

Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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