Managing and assessing the new A level independent investigation (NEA) - Birmingham(NEA)

Provider: Geographical Association
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Description This one-day event will enable teachers to plan for the new independent investigation (or non-examined assessment – NEA), a requirement common to all four geography A level specifications. It will enable teachers to: • understand the principles underpinning the NEA • plan fieldwork to encompass the requirements of the NEA • understand the role of the teacher in the NEA process • review and evaluate what makes a good student proposal, using the experience from summer 2017 • consider good primary and secondary sources of data collection • evaluate samples of work, in order to assess standards and get to know the mark scheme well • analyse the implications of the mark scheme for getting the best from students. Because the NEA is a common requirement with standard regulations, this course will suit teachers from any of the four 2016 specifications.
Duration One day event

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Categories Secondary, Leadership and Management, Teaching and Learning, Sciences, KS3, KS4, Humanities, Management, Teaching staff, Head of year / Pastoral leader, Advanced Skills Teacher, Excellent Teacher, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Post-threshold Teacher, Head of Department / Faculty, Change Management, Coaching and Mentoring, CPD Leadership, Performance Management, Assessment, Subject Knowledge, Out of school, Earth Science / Geology
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or 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 and evaluate student proposals for the NEA
  • Consider ways of collecting and handling primary and secondary data
  • Assess student samples of work
  • Understand the implications of the new mark scheme in supporting student learning.
Evidence underpinning this approach

All GA resources and approaches have been tried and tested by teachers of geography and course evaluations consistently receive very positive feedback.

How users/participants can evaluate success

The course presenters provide strategies for short and longer term evaluation of success and in addition the GA’s Quality Mark framework encourages teachers to critically assess the teaching and learning of geography, identify areas of strength, and set future development goals to further capture the potential of all students studying geography.

Follow-up activities and support

The GA provides a wealth of supporting web resources, publications, journals, online CPD and a Quality Mark framework and process for supporting self evaluation.


Course programme

09.00-09.30: Coffee and registration
09.30-11.00: Session 1 - The NEA – planning enquiry-based learning, fieldwork and data collection in the A level course
11.00-11.20: Refreshment break
11.20-12.45: Session 2 - Understanding what makes a good proposal and the role of the teacher in the NEA process 
12.45-13.30: Lunch
13.30-15.30: Session 3 - Getting the best from students – evaluating student work 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


Date Location Details
Nov 23, 2017 09:00 Birmingham - Info