50 Quick Ways to Help Your Students Secure A and B Grades at GCSE
All of us who teach GCSE want our pupils to achieve the very best grades possible. But this isn’t easy. And there’s nothing out there which tells you how to make it happen.
Or, at least, there wasn’t until now.
Thinking about the problem of ensuring GCSE students secure high grades led me to write a new book: 50 Quick Ways to Help Your Students Secure A and B Grades at GCSE. I decided to distil my knowledge and experience into 50 bite-sized chunks so that teachers across the UK could have exactly what they need to do the best for their GCSE pupils.
Here’s a little taster of what’s inside the book, to whet your appetite:
01 If you want to help your students secure A and B grades at GCSE, where better to start than by providing them with models of what they need to do?
Models can be imitated. Models can be copied. Models can be used as the basis for our own work.
As such, models diminish the distance between where we are at and where we need to be click over here. A young artist may begin developing their own style by using the work of a famous painter as a model. This will help them to improve the standard of their work before, over time, they develop their own style.
Using model answers in the classroom works in exactly the same way. Some exam boards provide them. Otherwise, you can make your own or photocopy student work which is of the requisite standard and use this instead.
Annotated Model Answers
02 So we have our model answers and students are using these as a guide to help them bring their own work up to the standard necessary to secure an A or a B grade. What next?
Well, why don’t we provide some annotation around the outside of these model answers, indicating where marks have been picked up, where success criteria have been fulfilled and where one can find examples of excellent practice?
This development of model answers gives pupils clear, analytical guidance on what is good and why. As a result they will better understand what is expected of them and have examples on hand which they can use to help them achieve high standards.
You can get hold of 50 Quick Ways to Help Your Students Secure A and B Grades at GCSE here. Drop me a line to let me know what you think or write a review. I hope the book helps you to help your students realise their potential and secure the very best grades possible.