I am hosting a small CPD day on 09/11. Here is the agenda.

IGCSE teachers’ CPD Day

The John Lyon School 09/11/18



09.00-09.30 Arrival and coffee. Meeting is based in small conference room in the Red House. Parking is on street. Nearest tube: South Harrow (Piccadilly Line) or Harrow on the Hill (Metropolitan Line).

09.45 – 10.45 session 1: Coursework – How much and what type of feedback do you give? Do you use checklists? How many drafts do you allow? Do you have issues with students failing to hand in drafts, or failing to proof-read or edit drafts and if so what do you do to tackle this? Do you find that your school or parents have unrealistic expectations for achievement in coursework as opposed to exams? What significance has the new OFQUAL ruling regarding sharing of marks had on your centre?

NB At JLS we only offer the coursework option as part of the Literature examination.

10.45-11.10 Break

11.15-11.45 (approx.) Remembrance Service, attended by all (warm coat may be required)

11.50-12.50: session 2: Exam – How do you prepare students to tackle the 22 mark comparison in the middle of the exam? Do you suggest answering questions in chronological order or answering the Transactional Writing first? How do you teach comparison? JWP has circulated the exam script resource to facilitate discussion.

12.50-13.45 Lunch

13.45-14.45: session 3: Use of technology – Do you upload resources for students to be able to access (particularly those with persistent absence? If so, what platform do you use for this? Consideration of Twitter, English Edusites and jwpblog among other apps/resources to use? Do you use interactive technology where students can contribute responses or work collaboratively? Do you use a visualiser and whole class feedback? What is the impact of these devices?

14.45-15.30 Session 4 Interventions and Revision/Catch Up Clinics – How do you structure these? How do you avoid endless intervention? What interventions work best and why?



Exam preparation and mocks – Do you do talking mocks? How many mock exams do your students sit? Is there mileage in doing weekly exam-condition questions (particularly qs 4-7)? How do you track and monitor student progress, particularly throughout Y11?

Most able – Have you found any interesting or useful resources or methods for stretching students aiming for 7-9? What are the key features of a student likely to achieve a grade 9, and how can we foster those qualities in all students?

A-level uptake – with the huge emphasis on results at GCSE, particularly for English and Maths, we are finding fewer students are keen to take up A-level English. How can we ensure we allow enjoyment and creativity in a tightly packed curriculum?