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General Discussion / Re: New AQA GCSE options presentation?
« Last post by briggsy on January 25, 2016, 10:46:32 PM »
I'm not expecting Ofsted or anything but would be very interested to see your presentation. If you could send it to that would be great.
Much appreciated!
General Discussion / Re: New specs
« Last post by venna2590 on January 25, 2016, 03:25:06 PM »
We have opted for OCR A subject to accreditation- major selling point was the length of the exams. 2 x 1 hour and 1 x 90 mins was a lot less than other specs and exam stress is going to be massive for future cohorts.

OCR A now accredited!
General Discussion / Re: New AQA GCSE options presentation?
« Last post by MissGeog on January 25, 2016, 01:18:20 PM »
I'm currently on maternity leave but trying to keep myself in the loop with things as I am due to go back in July. I would really love a copy of this as the person covering my head of department role is an ICT specialist so if I can have something to assist him when delivering this with my Geography team it would be really appreciated.
General Discussion / Re: Calling London schools
« Last post by Evlinda on January 25, 2016, 12:38:37 PM »
We're in Bromley Borough- you're welcome to come and visit. We currently have 3x50 mins per week at GCSE. But we are moving to a 2 week timetable in Sept so not sure how this will change at the mo.
PM me if you want to talk further.
General Discussion / Calling London schools
« Last post by geog2312 on January 25, 2016, 12:34:39 PM »
The results for my department last year were dire slipping by 10% from the previous year. My new head has suggested I contact other schools with a similar intake to ours in SE London and identify and good practice that they use to achieve good results much better than ours that I could transfer to our department.

I am also looking at how much time each department is given to teach the GCSE. We have 2 lessons per week 55 minutes which although this is the guided learning time feels impossible to teach all content and develop exam skills and assessment.

Thank You any help and departments I could visit would be much appreciated.
General Discussion / Re: New AQA GCSE options presentation?
« Last post by Stephen A.Schwab on January 24, 2016, 07:31:16 PM »
Sent to you both. :)
General Discussion / Re: New specifications - GCSE Geography AQA spec A
« Last post by edge on January 24, 2016, 07:24:28 PM »
In terms of resources, I fully intend to use SAMs and teacher resources from all the other boards in my teaching. As the content for all specs is now much more in line, there are plenty of diagrams, questions, activities, SOW etc. which should be interchangeable as lesson resources.

We are planning to start teaching a new GCSE unit to Year 9 from Easter time, largely this is to fit into everything in, but we've always done a water resources module anyway, so plan on beefing it up to cover the resource use bit of the spec.  Our kids all use simple cardboard folders - one per topic - so it's really easy for us to do this. We also attract a large cohort so have relatively little difficulty with those who 'switch off'. As we teach a whole half year group at a time we also have the flexibility to re-group them if needs be into GCSE groups and those not continuing.

I'm choosing to be excited by the changes, although am incredibly daunted by the workload!
Promotions / Re: FREE FREE FREE - Mr Parkinson's favourite price
« Last post by Geogphotos on January 24, 2016, 07:24:06 PM »
Thanks Rob and you are very welcome.  ;D

It is lovely to get some feedback from somebody!!

Please see how the process works and let me know any problems.

You just go through the 'Add to Cart' thing and several steps and then get sent a download link.

I don't know how will work out and the internet is a big scary place but hopefully in any case it can be of use to SLN-ers.
General Discussion / Re: New specifications - GCSE Geography AQA spec A
« Last post by briggsy on January 24, 2016, 06:54:59 PM »
Anyone heard anything more re: accreditation? I'm beginning to be a little concerned that I've made the wrong choice waiting for AQA!
General Discussion / Re: David Bowie inspired resources
« Last post by Stephen A.Schwab on January 24, 2016, 06:50:21 PM »
Both are labours of love. Well done.
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