Guiding KS5 students to achieve their target grades (AQA)

This idea was born during a parents evening where I was discussing with students and parents about forecasting module results in order to meet the target grades agreed. I coined the phrase 'Magic numbers' and it stuck with me. I intend to use this in the following manner:

(1) My teaching team will meet all students individually and talk them through their magic numbers. Once agreed these will be stuck on the front of their exercise books as a constant reminder of the job in hand. These 'magic numbers' will become the benchmark in every past paper they submit. Part of the students' reflection will be to see how many marks away from their magic numbers they were and, importantly, how to obtain these.

(2) When displaying the conversion tables in class, my team will highlight that it's not all about obtaining marks, it's equally important not to lose marks as 5/6 marks equates to a grade. I hope this will encourage students to check their work and take their time to ensure they have answered the question set. Weaker students can also see the benefit of collecting a few marks on the latter questions.

I will endeavour to have MPC1, MPC2, MM1B, MS1B, MS2B & MD02 completed shortly. Let me know how you get on @billyads_47


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Created: Feb 19, 2016

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