This course is designed for all teachers of Buddhism who are seeking confidence and new approaches for their lesson delivery to enable students to reach their potential. It will explore how to guide your students to the best grades and how to refine your teaching practice to maximise the likelihood of this happening. Exploring classroom practice, revision strategies and examination techniques, it will ensure that you and your pupils are equipped for success in, and enjoyment of, GCSE Religious Studies.


  • Gain resources and ideas for your teaching
  • Develop your students’ skills to become reflective and independent learners
  • Explore areas of the course in more depth
  • Improve your understanding of how to help your students gain the highest grades
  • Develop interest in your subject for A Level
  • Improve or consolidate your skills of assessment
DATE & LOCATION Online | Tuesday 08 June 2021
  • New and current teachers of GCSE Religious Studies
  • Religious Studies Teachers unfamiliar with Buddhism
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 – 10.40am
Using key exam resources effectively

  • The structure of the specification and planning for success
  • Command words – more than memory
  • Distinguishing grades and tailoring approach
  • Key feedback using mark-schemes and examiners’ reports and insights into standards for the highest marks. Which actions differentiated candidates?
  • What are the key errors and hazards to avoid for students and teachers?
  • Attaining the A/A* grade — what do these look like and how can these be planned for in the classroom? What can a candidate do to aim for the highest grades? Other resources

10.40 – 11.00am: Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 11.45am
Teaching the key skills effectively and example answer analysis

  • Format of question paper, getting the best out of it
  • How to tackle the skills effectively — e.g. how to describe clearly – in detail or summary, explain properly, and evaluate effectively
  • Teaching technique and candidate manipulation of the material
  • Avoiding under or over written responses
  • Marking examples of each of the three key skills and feedback on these
  • Exploring how to use easy techniques to improve student responses to the key skills (and therefore grades)

11.45 – 12.10pm
Encouraging independence in students

  • How to encourage independence whilst staying on track
  • How to stretch the most able
  • Research and independent learning tasks
  • Peer and self-assessment
  • Use of the media

12.10 – 12.30pm
Using scriptural sources, quotations and vocabulary effectively

  • General versus specific referencing and the importance of explaining quotes
  • Scriptural, explanatory and media type quotes and how to use them in differing papers
  • Strategies for embedding quotes and vocabulary learning into lessons

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.00pm
Tackling two example areas of complexity and denominational differences and delivering in the classroom

  • Breaking down more complex material for teaching
  • Buddhism — pratityasamutpada, tathagatagarbha and sunyata
  • Buddhist vehicles – easy ways for your students to understand the key differences

2.00 – 2.45pm
Religious Revision with the Exam in mind

  • Strategies to help with effective revision e Examples of revision aids
  • Central themes and ideas to fit all (well most, anyway!) responses
  • Distinct writing approaches and key ‘ingredients.’
  • How to make the formulaic approach of the responses and the detailed material interesting using the media

2.45 – 3.10pm: Discussion: afternoon tea

3.10 – 3.35pm
Seeing beyond – how to promote interconnectivity

  • Tactics for cultivating a ‘world perspective’ in students and how to convey this in their answers e.g. the common threads of The Abrahamic Religions.

3.35 – 3.45pm

  • Any further questions on material of the day and general Q and A

Amanda Johnson

Eduqas examiner Amanda Johnson has been a teacher of Religious Studies for over 30 years. She has extensive experience of teaching all major examination boards. She has taught in three London schools and is currently Head of Department for Religious Studies.