Join experienced RS examiner, Head of Department and speaker Rachel, as she demonstrates how new teachers can quickly teach excellent GCSE RS. The aim of this course is to help and support teachers new to teaching GCSE RS to maximise the potential and success of students at GCSE. It will look at the specifications, consider how best to plan the course and provide strategies and activities to motivate and challenge students of all abilities.


  • Develop a clear understanding of GCSE examination requirements
  • Be able to plan a successful GCSE course for your school
  • Gain strategies to stretch, challenge and motivate students of all abilities
  • Take away ideas for lesson planning and resources to implement in your school the next day
DATE & LOCATION Online | Monday 30 March 2020
  • All teachers (including non-specialists) of GCSE Religious Studies
  • Heads of Department
  • NQTs new to teaching GCSE 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

10.00 – 11.15am
Context and Planning: making a great start

  • Challenges for GCSE RS teaching:
  • Optional or compulsory?
  • Curriculum time
  • Student engagement
  • What can the subject do for the students?
  • Specifications – what to teach and when
  • Curriculum planning (short and long term)

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.45pm
Teaching the Exam Question skills

  • What do exam questions want the students to do? Accessing and interpreting A01 and A02 demands
  • How to answer the questions
  • Strategies to answer the questions successfully
  • Question answering and essay planning activities
  • Integrating exam skills without teaching to the test

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and Refreshments

1.45 – 2.45pm
Stretch and Challenge in GCSE RS

  • How to get the best out of your students
  • Motivational and engaging strategies to get students hooked and interested to learn about RS
  • Where and why the less able/engaged struggle and how to deal with this
  • Activities to stretch the high-level learners

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.45pm
Resources and Next Steps

  • Resources available (where to find support / guidance / relevant materials)
  • Exam board support
  • How to plan for successful delivery – where to be at key points in the two years
  • What will I do now?

Rachel Long

Rachel has been teaching Religious Studies across all key stages for 20 years and a Head of Department for 14 years in a very successful school in Cheshire. She has many years’ experience in examination marking for two exam boards and is currently an assistant principal examiner and team leader for GCSE and A Level and is an experienced national presenter.