Managing the new A level independent investigation (NEA)

Who this course is for

Teachers of post-16 students in schools and colleges

Course date and location

Manchester - Wednesday 7 June 2017 (online booking closed)
London - Thursday 8 June 2017 (online booking closed)

Course overview

This course will enable teachers to plan for the new independent investigation (or Non- Examined Assessment – NEA), which is a requirement common to all four English geography A level specifications.

It will consider the principles underpinning the NEA and what these might mean for post-16 fieldwork. In particular you will explore planning for skills and progression from GCSE, organising fieldwork to encompass the requirements of the NEA, planning individualised work and the role of the teacher in the NEA, different types of data requirements (primary and secondary, quantitative and qualitative), and the new mark scheme and its implications for getting the best from students.


Aims and outcomes

  • Understand the principles underpinning the NEA and enquiry post-16
  • Consider the role of fieldwork as a basis for individualised enquiry work
  • Assess the role of the teacher in working with students on the NEA
  • Consider the range of possible methodologies in collecting and handling data
  • Understand the implications of the new mark scheme in supporting student learning.

Course programme

09.00-09.30: Coffee and registration

09.30-11.00: Session 1 - The place of the NEA in the overall assessment and content of the new A levels

11.00-11.15: Refreshment break

11.15-12.45: Session 2 - Planning fieldwork and enquiry in the new A level specifications and the role of the teacher

12.45-13.30: Lunch

13.30-15.30: Session 3 - Getting the best from students – data requirements and the new mark scheme

15.20-15:30: Course evaluation

15.30: Close

Course presenters

Bob Digby, education consultant and author, and former GA President

Marketing opportunities

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