This NEW course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in future A-Level Spanish examinations. Led by our highly respected and successful presenter, Ana Santos, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for both language and literature options which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher level skills. Using feedback from 2018’s examinations on the new specifications, the course will outline what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.


  • Focused on identifying the demands of Grades A & A* and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • A detailed look at the different demands of questions across the papers
  • Mark schemes will be analysed to identify and clarify the requirements of the highest levels
  • Sample answers at Grades A & A* will be discussed and marked
  • Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the content effectively in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students
COURSE DATES London Friday 15 March 2019
London Monday 24 June 2019
  • All Teachers of A Level Spanish
  • Heads of Department for Spanish
  • Heads of Faculty for Languages
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.45am
Grades A & A*: what do they involve?

  • Structure of the new specification A-Level Spanish exams and what they require of the best students
  • Feedback and grading analysis from the 2018 papers and what this tells us about the standards which top students are expected to meet
  • Analysis of mark schemes – what are the examiners looking for?
  • Grades A & A*: what are the differences between these?
  • Key attributes of Grade A & A* students in the classroom
  • Avoiding potential hazards: what can cost a top student their A grade?
  • Planning for success – how to ensure A and A* students make suitable progress throughout the course

10.45 – 11.05am
Discussion: coffee break

11.05 – 11.45am
Teaching language: key challenges for Grade A/A* students

  • Analysing the Unseen: where is an A/A* achieved or lost?
  • Building vocabulary and developing excellent grammatical skills
  • Tackling the toughest sentences: developing the skills needed to unpick hard Spanish
  • Stretching top students with your choice of unseen passages and translation questions
  • Approaches for the unseen: preparing for different topics and question styles
  • Using prose composition and grammatical analysis to stretch able students
  • Revision tips to ensure top level students succeed in the exams

11.45 – 12.30pm
Tackling the Independent Research Project

  • Understanding the success criteria at the top range
  • Using AfL strategies to ensure and assess progress
  • Preparing students to deliver authentic responses that reach the top mark bands
  • Workshop: producing lesson and teaching ideas on one of the three themes which embed strategies for success with A and A* students

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.20pm
Teaching literature and film: stretching and challenging able students

  • Moving on from GCSE approaches – how to make able students into independent readers
  • Using wider reading to prepare for and complement the set works
  • Deep examination of context – using who?/what?/when?/why? questions to push students
  • Different approaches to discussing and writing about style
  • What makes a strong A-Level essay? How can we build up to this?
  • Developing an unique style by using complex language and grammar

2.20 – 2.35pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.35 – 3.35pm
Spanish Listening and Speaking skills at A and A* level

  • The key challenges for high attaining students in achieving A and A* in Listening and Speaking
  • Teaching approaches and tasks that stretch students throughout the course
  • Answering questions in the exams: what are the potential pitfalls?
  • Questioning techniques to extend the most able
  • Working to the standard: reviewing and marking specimen scripts

3.35 – 3.45pm
Final questions and departure

Ana Santos

Ana is an experienced teacher of Spanish with a broad experience as Modern Languages Teacher and an MA in Didactics of Foreign/Second Language Teaching. She worked as an examiner for GCSE and A Level Portuguese and has been involved with the development of the new A Level Portuguese and GCSE for Pearson. Having worked as EFL, Spanish and French Teacher in state schools, she is currently teaching Spanish at North London Collegiate School and is Second in charge of the MFL Department she has also been collaborating as subject mentor for Spanish in the School Direct Programme of LSJS.

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