Within the Further Education college sector, the delivery of academically demanding A-level Chemistry courses has come increasingly under threat with the ever greater demands to improve success rates. This article by Simon Rees, pictured here, details the personal experience of one course leader working within this environment and the strategies that were implemented over a two year period to improve student engagement and achievement in A-Level Chemistry. These strategies included:
• implementing more clearly structured practical activities,
• modelling and role play activities, and
• the use of online resources to support learning and understanding.
This was achieved by using a wide range of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities to engage with other colleagues and professionals with the full support of the college. Significant improvements in achievement, retention and recruitment were achieved and it serves as a timely reminder that, with the right strategies and support, it is possible to improve the delivery and uptake of A-level chemistry courses within this context.
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