This new course is designed for experienced teachers of Spanish, looking to develop their classroom skills and maximise student outcomes. Expert teachers understand the barriers to learning, have strategies to overcome these and deliver outstanding results. To achieve this, delegates will examine the challenges faced by Spanish teachers in the current pandemic; adapting teaching methods for success in remote learning and the socially distanced classroom, and effective intervention strategies to close the disadvantage gap caused by the lockdown. This course will examine the most effective forms of assessment, feedback and intervention strategies to maximise student outcomes. Delegates will develop techniques to facilitate grades 8/9 among their students and prepare them for further study at A Level.


  • Gain the latest understanding of the features of Outstanding teaching and learning in Spanish
  • Address the challenges faced by Spanish teachers in the current pandemic: Strategies to enhance student engagement and progress in remote learning and socially distanced classrooms.
  • Effective assessment and feedback strategies to promote Outstanding student progress.
  • Develop students’ cultural knowledge and experience through enrichment.
  • Strategies to support students in achieving grades 8/9
COURSE DATE Online | Thursday 25 March 2021
Online | Friday 25 June 2021
  • Teachers of Spanish
  • Heads of Spanish
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 10.30: A look at the status of GCSE Spanish (and MFL) in schools and tackling the challenges in order to improve student engagement, results and take up at A Level

  • What makes an expert GCSE Spanish teacher?
  • Transition from KS3 to GCSE
  • Instilling high expectations and rewarding achievement
  • Introducing A Level themes and skills at GCSE
  • Extra-curricular opportunities that won’t bust the budget!

10.30- 11.00: Addressing the challenges in the current pandemic

  • Ensuring that all four skills, grammar and vocabulary are taught effectively in lockdown
  • Techniques for accelerated learning and new teaching methods in the socially distanced classroom.
  • Prioritising and using independent study effectively

11.00-11.15: Break & discussion

11.15-12.00: Developing speaking skills and boosting confidence for the oral examination – with examples using Theme 2 topics

  • General conversation: differentiated speaking activities that everyone can enjoy
  • Having fun with role-plays: taking part in a short conversation, asking and answering questions, and exchanging opinions
  • Acing the photocard: initiating and developing conversations and discussion, producing extended sequences of speech

12.00-12.45: New approaches to GCSE Reading and Listening texts and activities – with examples using Theme 1 topics

  • Fun starters for your GCSE group
  • Original differentiated reading and listening activities that everyone can enjoy
  • Ideas to encourage students to create their own reading and listening activities for peer assessment

12.45-1.45: Lunch

1.45-2.30: Creative strategies for outstanding writing – with examples using Theme 3 topics

  • The short writing question: answering the bullet points and avoiding “irrelevant material”
  • The long writing question: using independent, creative and complex language to access the top bands
  • Practising and improving translation: applying grammatical knowledge of language and structures in context.

2.30-2.45: afternoon break

2.45-3.15: Preparing students for examination

  • Creating a stimulating classroom environment that encourages target language practice and achievement
  • Assessing and monitoring your students accurately
  • Making revision and exam practice more efficient and rewarding
  • Top tips for achieving Grades 7-9

3.15-3.30 pm: Final questions, plenary and departure


Georgina Irvine

Georgina Irvine: a highly accomplished and successful teacher with over 20 years’ experience, including 10 years teaching at one of the country’s most academically successful independent day schools. Her students have achieved 100% grades 9-7 in the new GCSE examinations. She is an experienced GCSE, A Level and International Baccalaureate examiner and moderator. Georgina has been Head of Department, Head of Faculty and a Senior Teacher in charge of Oxbridge applications. She now works as an Independent Spanish Consultant and writes her own blog on Spanish language and culture.