Further Education Science Network: Adapting Teaching and Learning in 2020/21 RD529 / A02

Start date
16 Dec 20
1 Hour
Learning Method
Remote Delivered CPD



Lessons from a national picture: practical work, assessment and maintaining learner engagement

As we approach the end of the autumn term, learner engagement and motivation will be key priorities. In this network meeting, we will explore the findings from Ofsted’s COVID-19 briefing series on Further Education and Skills and in particular the common challenges that influence learner engagement and motivation. We will be joined by Catherine Witter, the Senior Advice Manager of Practical Sciences from AQA who will discuss her insight into how colleges are managing practical work and assessment in the current climate. We will also be discussing the opportunities to keep learners engaged and motivated through enrichment.


You will be able to: 

  • work collaboratively to identify priorities in science teaching and learning
  • share and develop strategies to tackle issues, drawing on expertise as needed from outside the network


1 Further Education Science Network16 December 202016:30-17:45Virtual



1. Pre-reading: Ofsted COVID-19 series: Briefing on Further Education and Skills Oct 2020

 2. Exploring key themes from Ofsted COVID-19 series: Briefing on Further Education and Skills, Oct 2020

An interactive discussion on some of the key themes referenced including the role of practical work, feedback, assessment, communities and enrichment in maintaining learner engagement

3.How are colleges managing practical work assessment?

Insights from Catherine Witter, Senior Advice Manager of Practical Sciences, AQA. Catherine works with many colleges across England and will share her perspective on some of the challenges and best practice she has seen in recent months. Her insights will be applicable not just to A-Level Science and AQA, but to other level 3 science qualifications and awarding organisations.

4.Increasing learner engagement through enrichment at your college.

Enrichment has a key role to play in maintaining learner engagement. We will discuss the enrichment opportunities for science and how these can be introduced and developed at your college

5. Planning ahead for the next half term

You can book onto individual sessions for £15 each or book onto the remaining suite of three network sessions for £30

Please contact cornwall-slp@truro-penwith.ac.uk for further information

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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£15.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£15.00 +VAT

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