Online | Thursday 08 July 2021

TIME: 4.30 – 6.00pm

CODE: 8480


This course will enable A-Level English Literature B teachers to maximise their teaching of Aspects of Tragedy (with a focus on the key texts Othello and King Lear) by helping them develop key higher level subject knowledge and a range of exam-informed strategies to ensure excellent results. Led by respected subject specialist, author, examiner and previous trust-wide Leader of English Megan Mansworth, this webinar will provide a range of key teaching and learning strategies and advanced subject knowledge to enable teachers to stretch and challenge students. Using examiner feedback alongside higher level subject knowledge, this course will demonstrate how to hone your teaching practice to ensure that students achieve excellent results. This course is ideal for teachers who are teaching AQA English Literature B but would also be useful for anyone wishing to develop their subject knowledge of Shakespeare or Aspects of Tragedy (Othello and King Lear).


  • Develop confidence in addressing the demands of the A Level English Literature B Paper 1
  • Ensure your teaching is geared towards ‘teaching to the top’ and effectively teaching high-level challenging context to help students achieve the top grades
  • Gain insights into key elements of advanced subject knowledge of Othello and King Lear to help students achieve maximum progress and attain top grades in the Aspects of Tragedy examination
  • Take away teaching strategies and approaches that inspire students and ensure success
  • Apply advanced critical concepts and theories to your teaching and use these to empower students to reach the top grades.
  • Develop understanding of advanced exam technique to ensure students maximise their potential
  • Teachers of AQA English Literature B (A Level)
  • Teachers of Aspects of Tragedy
  • ITT trainees, NQTs and RQTs – for subject knowledge
  • Experienced English teachers
  • Heads of Department
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • You will receive a specially prepared file electronically containing detailed notes, and teaching materials and resources which will be of immediate practical benefit in the classroom.
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • 4.30-6.00
    • Analysing what examiners look for when they say they want students’ writing to be ‘perceptive and assured’, and exploring key ways to increase students’ chances of hitting this top band on the mark scheme, including written expression and exam technique
    • How to ‘teach to the top’ for all students, no matter their targets, in ‘Aspects of Tragedy’ in order to increase student achievement
    • Exploring key ‘knowledge threads’ that tie together ‘Aspects of Tragedy’ as a topic of study and applying these to your teaching
    • How to teach key advanced contextual subject knowledge in order to increase student achievement and help students make perceptive links between the play and its context
    • How to help students develop and show ‘perceptive’ understanding of authorial methods in Othello and King Lear
    • How to teach advanced critical concepts and literary theory in order to increase student achievement
    • Q & A

Megan Mansworth

Megan Mansworth is an experienced English teacher and leader with a track record of enabling students to achieve outstanding results. She has led English both on a departmental level and for an academy trust, and previously was Leader of Research for another academy trust. She is committed to both research-informed teaching, and to helping teachers to develop the knowledge and skills to enable their students to achieve excellent results. Megan’s writing on education has appeared in national magazines and journals, including a co-edited book ‘Teaching English Language and Literature 16-19’ which was published in 2020. She is currently completing a PhD, but alongside this continues to provide CPD for teachers and to teach in schools, and is writing a book for John Catt Educational, ‘Teach to the Top’ which focuses on how to enable students to achieve the highest grades and enjoy learning by using higher level subject knowledge in teaching.