This NEW course will demonstrate, for teachers of AQA GSCE RS Spec A, how to prepare to guide your students through all the specification routes to achieve the top grades. Led by Jon Mayled, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for all popular options to enable students to develop their skills. The course will explore what is expected of students and outline ways to build your teaching practice around this.


  • How to take help students reach the top grades
  • Focused on identifying the key demands of the AQA GCSE RS specification A and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • The course will look in detail at the different demands of questions across the specification
  • The principal considerations will be of Christianity, Catholic Christianity, Buddhism and Islam
  • Mark schemes will be analysed to identify and clarify the requirements of the levels
  • Sample top grade answers 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 students to achieve their best possible results, and achieving Grades 7-9
  • All teachers of AQA GCSE RS Specification A
  • Heads of Department
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
The demands of the Specification for students at Grades 7-9

  • The best options for high grades
  • The Assessment Model
  • AO1 & AO2
  • The questions

10.45 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.30pm
Teaching approaches that enable students to achieve the top grades

  • How to approach the areas of study in Component 2 to achieve the top grades
  • Particular consideration of the challenges of Component 2 – Thematic Studies
  • Approaches to sensitive topics: pushing the best with more challenging material
  • Resourcing to really challenge the most able

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Issues that prevent able students reaching their potential

  • Avoiding common mistakes and misconceptions – particularly in Christianity and Islam
  • Ensuring that students understand the concepts for high grade responses
  • Approaches to help students achieve the top grades
  • Key words and concepts within the faiths and how the most able use these
  • Classroom techniques that stretch and challenge religious understanding and analysis
  • Use of the media to improve engagement and provide ‘stretch and challenge’ opportunities
  • Careful study of levels of response and their employment for peer- and self-assessment

2.15 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Assessment – what examiners are looking for at Grades 7-9

  • Assessment: achievement and attainment
  • 2019 Papers and Examiners’ Report: what were the key strengths of the most able
  • Questions 1 to 5 and how to get full marks
  • Analysis of top-grade answers
  • What distinguishes the highest grade answers
  • End of unit outcomes for assessing and learning
  • Plenary