My Lower Sixth pupils have got off to a flying start with their first foray into the new A Level specification from OCR.
I am teaching the Philosophy side of the course this year and we are just wrapping up their first topic: Ancient Greek Influences.
Crucial to helping them make the big step from GCSE to A level has been helping them come to terms with what is required when writing an essay. It is our whole school policy to not enter any pupil for AS levels and, as such, we are fully linear. Looking ahead to Summer 2018 it is imperative that my pupils get as much practice writing essays as they can.
In the Summer holiday I attended an OCR course in London designed to introduce the new course to teachers and Hugh Campbell gave some important information about exam technique. The crucial focus for pupils should be twofold:
Answer the question directly.
Use evaluative language.