A Level Webinar


On June 12th 2021 I organised a free A Level webinar. Originally aimed at AQA Lit B, it became an incredible morning of sharing practical A Level teaching strategies. 9 wonderful speakers gave up their time and kindly agreed for their sessions to be recorded. Please see all sessions below.

All of the sessions, and some of the Powerpoints/ linked blogs are offered below. You can also use the table below to skip to a session of your choice. I’m sure each speaker would be excited to hear you have watched their session after the event, so I have included their Twitter handles so you can ask questions/share your thoughts!

Anna ReynardPersonal and creative responses
Richard McDonaldMaking links between and within texts
Lisa FarrellUsing Hegel’s Dialectic
Mary Hind-PortleyIntroducing and using critical theory
Dr Amy SmithScaffolding A Level Discussion
Craig BattyEncouraging Wider Reading
Brittany WrightNEA Adviser Tips
Donal HaleThe ‘To what extent do you agree’ question
Kathryn ParsonsApproaching the extract question

Session 1: Anna Reynard

Anna takes us through the marking of AQA Lit B, signposting what students are awarded for. She then talks through various responses and why they are successful. Follow Anna on Twitter at @ReynardannaAnna

Anna has kindly shared her PowerPoint and it can be downloaded here:

Session 2: Richard McDonald

Richard explores the importance of links (rather than comparisons) and then takes us through practical strategies to apply in the classroom. Follow Richard on Twitter at @RJMcdonald24

Session 3: Lisa Farrell

Lisa explains how she uses Hegel’s Dialectic to encourage students to plan and respond to A Level texts. She shares examples of how this has developed students’ thinking of texts. Follow Lisa on Twitter at @Lisafarrell3

Lisa has also kindly shared here PowerPoint, which can be downloaded here:

Session 4: Mary Hind-Portley

Mary takes us through the argument for embedding critical theory at KS3, then ways to deliver critical theory at KS4 and KS5. Follow Mary on Twitter at @Lit_liverbird

Mary has kindly shared her PPT and it is available to download here.

Session 5: Dr Amy Smith

Amy explains how to create the right conditions for discussion at A Level, then a range of practical tips for developing and recording discussions. Follow Amy on Twitter at @Amy_Smith117

Amy has shared a blog about this topic, and also her PPT which is available here:

Session 6: Craig Batty

Craig shares ways he encourages wider reading, from independent reading tasks to bringing reading into the A Level classroom. Follow Craig on Twitter at @Craig_Batty

Craig has also kindly shared his PPT, which you can download here:

Session 7: Brittany Wright

Brittany, a former NEA adviser, shares a range of tips for building an NEA portfolio, suggested reads, and guidance about NEA titles. Follow Brittany on Twitter at @wright_read

Session 8: Donal Hale

Donal explains the concept of hinge words in questions, and argues a case for them becoming the focus of students’ responses to statement questions. Follow Donal on Twitter at @HaleDonal

Donal has kindly shared a blog about this session and his PPT, which is available here:

Session 9: Kathryn Parsons

Kathryn explains how to structure student responses to the extract questions, as well as how to guide students on analysing the extract. Follow Kathryn on Twitter at @parsons391

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