A level teaching can be daunting. The step up for students and teacher is huge, while small groups can seem intimidating. This course will help you to feel more confident about delivering the grammar, content and skills required at A Level.   Delegates will focus on learning a variety of new schools vital to delivering excellent A level lessons. In addition, the preparation of students for examinations will be tackled, and delegates will take away a multitude of effective and proven teaching and learning ideas to ensure that students are worked hard for success.


  • Gain an understanding of what a great A level lesson looks like
  • Develop strategies to ensure students work autonomously and resiliently
  • Take away new strategies & resources to maximise students’ progress in all skill areas
  • Learn techniques to prepare students for examinations
  • Deliver topics in an exciting and student-centred way
  • New A level French teachers
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 – 10.30am
Exploring the demands of the A Level French

  • The fundamentals of the specification – what you need to know to teach well
  • Key topics and challenging areas: how to plan and what to teach
  • Explore the requirements of the examinations: how to keep your students on track for assessment
  • Targeting key skills from lesson one

10.30 – 11.15am
Transition from GCSE to A level

  • Bridging the gap between GCSE and A level: the extra complexity required at A-level
  • Planning effectively to ensure good student progress from the outset
  • Building in strong learning foundations that challenge students to decode language and secure grammar
  • Teaching approaches for complex and fluid French that leads to high marks

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
Multi-sensory student-centred lessons

  • Planning for differentiation: how to lead an A-level French classroom
  • Using a multi-media approach to achieve learning through induction: examples and support
  • Strategies to support students using complex structures (such as the subjunctive) realistically, and ensuring accuracy in language
  • Practical strategies to support, engage and challenge all learners to excel in each examination area

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Productive skills and how to teach them

  • Effective strategies to improve writing and speaking skills: achieving spontaneity and fluency
  • Planning, drafting, self and peer-assessing, and re-drafting written work
  • Techniques for targeting high scoring skills areas, having an in depth knowledge of highly rewarded complex language (such as the use of pronouns) and avoiding ‘serious errors’ (such as poorly agreed genders)

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.30pm
Teaching film and literature

  • Understand the requirements for working towards the ‘works’ paper (paper 2)

3.30 – 4.00pm
Teaching Outstanding Exam technique

  • Pulling apart exam requirements and strategies to prepare for all sections (including the Independent Research Project) early

Robert Pike

Robert is an experienced trainer, author and teacher of French. He recently co-authored a new ‘A level’ French textbook for AQA, as well as several products for the new GCSE. He has worked on many other French products such as Allez, Studio and Clic. An experienced MFL teacher and former Head of French, he delivers training courses across a broad range of topics including effective differentiation, outstanding teaching and getting results at GCSE and A level. He delivers courses that are interactive, discursive and up to date with curriculum changes.

Whilst teaching full-time he led the way with the use of technology in the classroom. An early adopter, he developed simple ways of making it work for himself, his colleagues and his pupils. Central to his teaching has always been an interest in the development of effective methods of challenging learners of all levels. He is also part of the ITT team at the University of Worcester where he helps develop the next generation of language teachers.

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