CD will help teachers prepare for new A Levels

Employers from across industry have come together to create a CD Rom aimed at ensuring students get real life rather than ‘textbook’ examples they can draw on in new A-level subjects being introduced in September.

More than 30 employers, from sectors as diverse as architecture, engineering, film production and healthcare, have collaborated on the CD-Rom to help teachers with new A-level subjects.

The disc has been produced by the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA) as part of its support services to teachers in schools and colleges.

The mission of the LSDA is to improve the quality of post-16 education and training in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The CD-ROM contains sample lesson plans, student activities, teaching resources, materials from employers and links to websites, plus a generic section on teaching and learning strategies. For the A-level in Art and Design, for instance, there is a diary and biography of a working artist, an example of how a designer works to a brief and list of resources.

Mike Cox, executive manager, Vocational Learning, said the close involvement of employers created real value.

“All examples are drawn from practical experience and real working situations – which helps to motivate students and place what they learn into context,” he said.

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