This webinar focuses on the most stressful, but potentially the most rewarding, element of the A Level qualification. As an experienced A Level visiting oral examiner, Georgina Irvine will demonstrate how to inspire your students to choose challenging and creative topics for their Individual Research Projects. She will give examples of how you can facilitate research opportunities for your students by collaborating with other colleagues and organisations. Teachers will learn how their students can access top marks by practising presentation, questioning and interrogation techniques. Teacher examiners will understand better their own role when conducting the oral examinations.


  • Understand the guidelines and restrictions for preparing students for the IRP
  • Learn about new opportunities available to your students which complement their other studies and areas of interest
  • Take away new and creative ideas for practising speaking in class
  • Gain an understanding of the benefits of planning the IRP over the two-year course
  • Learn from and ask questions to an experienced visiting examiner
DATE & LOCATION  Online | Thursday 17 June 2021
  • 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


4.00 pm – Introduction, welcome and sound check

4.05 pm – Following the rules: Quiz

  • Keeping the students away from Wikipedia
  • Focusing on grammatical accuracy from the start
  • Monitoring but not assisting
  • Including the IRP in the Scheme of Work

4.25 pm – The mini IRP in Year 12

  • Setting a great example: research and present your own IRP to your class
  • Activity: Asking probing questions.
  • Peer assessment and targets for improvement

4.45 pm Inspirational ideas for choosing a topic

  • Using work experience in Spain as an opportunity for conducting IRP research
  • Combining a geography field trip in Spain with the IRP
  • Working with other departments to facilitate research opportunities
  • Exploring film and literature as an IRP topic
  • Online apps and other digital resources for excellent research

5.00 pm Working with mixed ability groups

  • Supporting your weaker students
  • Stretching your top students
  • Ideas for class speaking practice and peer support

5.15 pm – The IRP form

  • How to fill in the form and not annoy the examiner
  • Activity: as a teacher examiner, which questions would you ask based on the sample IRP forms.

5.00 pm Final questions & close

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. 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.