This NEW course will demonstrate, for teachers approaching Religious Education / Religious Studies RS for the first time, how to prepare to guide your students for any of the English and Welsh Religious Studies GCSE specifications. 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.


  • Introducing students to Secondary Religious Studies
  • How to take students from KS3 to GCSE
  • Focused on identifying the key demands of the GCSE RS specifications and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • The course will look in detail at the different demands of questions across specifications
  • Mark schemes will be analysed to identify and clarify the requirements of the levels.
  • Sample 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 all students to achieve their best possible results
DATE & LOCATION Online | Wednesday 26 May 2021
  • All first time teachers of KS3 Religious Education or GCSE Religious Studies, specialists or non-specialists.
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

  • Critiquing what Year 7 students have already learnt and how to build on this knowledge
  • Practical methods to bridge the gap between KS3 and GCSE (a steady dive into deeper inquiry)
  • Materials and activities to use daily, proven to help students of Religious Studies take command of their own learning

10.45 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.30pm

  • The broad picture and intricacies of Religious Studies GCSE framework
  • In-depth guided analysis of the current iteration of the specification
  • Modules and Papers: How to make the right choice for your R.S students
  • Differentiation of Papers
  • Defining which Religious Criteria to use
  • Matching the type of question to the suitability of the student

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
The Exams – the structure, technique and what is expected

  • Overview of the paper structures
  • Analysis of the assessment objectives
  • Teaching towards the ’endgame’, what language to use, ensure you are marking ‘like the examiner’ and secure grading
  • Preparing your students for the exams – practical exam strategies and techniques for students to use
  • Focus on structure in exams, how to structure answers to ensure that you hit the assessment objectives
  • How to prepare students of a varying ability to sit the same exam

2.30 – 3.00pm: Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Informal and formal assessment – Planning, preparing and marking assessments

  • Designing assessment and feedback through focussed starters and plenaries into your teaching
  • Designing a programme of assessment to assess topic knowledge and skills development
  • How to effectively use peer assessment
  • How to use assessment, to identify success and areas for development to track student progress in relation to the AQA criteria
  • Exam questions and model answers, looking at what success looks like, and marking to the AQA specification

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.