This NEW course will demonstrate, for teachers of AQA GCSE Religious Studies, 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 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.
DATE & LOCATION Online | Wednesday 23 June 2021
  • Heads of Department with responsibility for R.S
  • All Teachers of GCSE Religious Studies
  • Teachers new to teaching A-level Religious Studies
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

  • What are the best combination of options for achieving the highest grades
  • The Assessment Model: the pros and cons for 7-9
  • AO1 & AO2: a detailed examination
  • The Questions: the 7-9 perspective and tips on how to support

10.45 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.30pm
New approaches to age old topics

  • How to approach the areas of study to achieve students’ securing of middle the grades
  • Particular consideration of the challenges of Component 2 – Thematic Studies
  • Approaches to sensitive topics: tried and tested & new and improved
  • Resourcing: information overload?
  • Books and The Internet: a delicate balance for Religious Studies revision

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Common hurdles for 7-9 Religious Studies Students

  • Avoiding common mistakes and misconceptions – particularly in Christianity and Islam
  • Ensuring that students understand the concepts
  • Approaches to help students achieve the top grades
  • Repetition of key words and concepts within the faiths
  • Classroom techniques
  • 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

2.30 – 3.00pm: Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm

  • Focus on the larger mark questions and essays: what does a grade 7-9 candidate need to do?
  • Varying commentary practice to stretch the most able
  • Revision ideas to help students produce high grade essays
  • Detailed critique of 2019 Papers and Examiners’ Report
  • Questions 1 to 5
  • Analysis of Level 7-9 answers: the commonalities
  • End of unit outcomes for assessing and learning
  • Plenary

Jon Mayled

Jon has been involved in public examinations as a teacher and examiner since 1984. He has worked at all the major examination boards including Eduqas, the International Baccalaureate and also CIE Pre-U. He has been a Chief Examiner for 24 years at ELC, GCSE and A level. He is a consultant for Ofqual and is a tutor for Culham St Gabriels. He has extensive experience as a leader of CPD. Jon is also a writer of Religious Studies texts for various publishers KS2-KS5 with over a hundred titles as well as producing online and video materials.