A Level Subject Hubs

The Saffron Alliance is supporting the Excellence in Essex Schools – Standards and Excellence Team with its new KS5 subject hubs for the County.

Below you will find details of its first network meeting being held on Monday 27th March at Anglia Ruskin University. And on a separate page you will find resources the subject hubs have published to share.

A level subject Network meeting for all teachers of the first wave of new linear A level subjects

Anglia Ruskin University is kindly supporting this first network meeting designed to help A level teachers and subject leaders reflect on the challenges, opportunities and solutions created by the new linear A levels.

Venue: Lord Ashcroft Building, Corporate Suite

Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Campus Ransomes Way, Chelmsford. Essex. CM1 1SQ



Monday 27th March 2017

4:30 – 6:30 pm

This will be an opportunity to meet with teachers from other providers of your subject to share effective practice, practical innovations and personal insights; discuss approaches to teaching, learning and assessment and evaluate a range of resources used over the past 18 months.

This is your opportunity to enjoy excellent learning conversations with passionate educators of your subject. There will be the chance to discuss ideas, collaboration opportunities, etc to support you and your students and save you some time.

The subjects to be covered are: English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Computer Science, Business, History, Art and Design, Economics and Sociology.

Come prepared to share and to learn

If you would like to share a specific ‘nano’ or ‘micro’ presentation on a resource, approach or issue in your subject please let me know so we can build it into the agenda.

Examples of the areas we are planning to cover can be seen on the back of this flyer.

Places are at no cost to you or your school and parking (on site) and refreshments will be available from 4:30pm.

We aim to start the subject meetings by 5pm and finish by 6:30pm.

Please contact robin.harbord@essex.gov.uk for a place with the following information:

Name, school/college, subject (and exam board), and details of anything you would like to share at the network.

Ideas for things to cover during the subject network discussions:

  • Assessment:
  • Are there any good resources e.g. from the exam boards, weblinks, etc that can be shared?
  • Examples of teaching resources and approaches that have worked well – particularly for any new skills/content covered in the new linear specification.
    • Any issues from the summer AS exams?
    • Any issues (and solutions) with use of specimen papers (and lack of grade boundaries for the new A level exams)?
    • How have departments designed assessments (mocks, PPEs, etc) and tracked progress of students (e.g. how have they estimated current grade boundaries and identified areas for improvement)?
    • Are any schools willing to share assessment tools and do some cross moderation?
    • What are your plans for supporting your students in the final run up to this summer’s exams?
  • AS/linear/co-teach ability:
    • For those departments who entered the AS exams last summer are there any lessons to be learned (advantages and disadvantages)?
    • How does retention into year 13 compare for those who sat AS and those who went linear?
    • For those who did (or are currently following a linear approach) –how are you maximising the benefits of a linear programme? Are all students on track to succeed?
  • Future developments and further needs: Eg
    • Any opportunities for collaboration (as a group or individual schools working together)?
    • Do we want another network meeting? If so how frequently and when would be appropriate?
    • Are you happy to share contact details and any resources?
    • Are there any areas that staff would benefit from a subject enhancement workshop (e.g. to cover new curriculum content)?
    • Are there any aspects of the curriculum that could be covered in a student workshop (possibly supported by one of our University partners and/or another school with expertise)?