Ashburnham Place, East Sussex, 27th-29th May 2016
Update and expand your subject-knowledge – explore the new specifications and assessment criteria – build a new stock of relevant resources and innovative teaching ideas—make useful professional contacts – spend a few days in a gorgeous country house with like-minded people— fall in love with RS again…
Following on from our two popular “Help! I’m down to teach the Philosophy of Religion” weekend events which sold out quickly last year, this unique all-new intensive three day training event is designed to support teachers in preparing to deliver the new A Level in Religious Studies which begins in September 2016, exploring new content and recent developments in topics specified as part of the Philosophy of Religion, Religious Ethics and Christianity options and on the core content and assessment objectives, specified by the DfE, that are now common to all examination boards. Some resources will also be provided to support those considering teaching texts for the first time, and sessions will, in any case, support teaching about the Christian concept of God, Christology and the use, authority and interpretation of the Bible.
Being honest, most departments will have to make their choices about which boards and papers to offer at A Level from September 2016 in the next few weeks; Sixth Form choices booklets are usually published before Christmas after all! Rather than wasting time and precious INSET budgets on college dinners, keynote speakers who have no real idea of what teaching A Level involves or giving out basic information about the specifications in a dry and administrative way, this intensely practical Professional Development course will focus on SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE relating to the prescribed A Level content (common to all boards) and on strategies to support students in becoming more ANALYTICAL and able to write more effective, EVALUATIVE essays for the new A02.
“The Sutton Trust confirmed in October 2014 what most of us already knew, that teacher subject knowledge is the single biggest factor affecting student attainment – and that most other common CPD targets (e.g. learning-styles etc) have very little effect at all.”
To support sessions delivered by Dr Peter Vardy and Charlotte Vardy, each delegate will be provided with an extremely generous package of high-quality teaching resources (worth over £200) as well as exciting, effective ideas to support planning and classroom-delivery. Our exclusive printed course booklet is packed with detailed MA level notes on all topics covered – so no need to copy down reams of notes during the sessions— and we give you each copies of “Ethics Matters” (2012), “God Matters” (2013) and “Bible Matters” (2015) to extend and support subject knowledge across the specifications. We will also provide copies of the PowerPoints and all the relevant specifications as well as a model, fully editable A Level scheme of work for the new A Level.
Dr Peter Vardy has been credited with kick-starting the exponential growth in Religious Studies A Level which we saw during the 1990s and 2000s. His “Puzzle” books and legendary student conferences inspired many of today’s RE teachers to enter the profession!
Charlotte Vardy is an experienced teacher of Religious Studies, textbook author and teacher trainer who has worked with examination boards in developing and reviewing specifications. Her blogs and campaign related to the public consultations on the future of RS A Level were popular and influential.
“I liked how Charlotte related the content to how it can be effectively delivered in class… Peter gave me inspiration on how to convey passion for the study of Philosophy!”
RS Teacher, “Help! I have to teach Philosophy of Religion” October 2014
Provisional Course Outline…
(still subject to change as the A Level specifications remain in draft, timings and order of sessions approximate)
The venue: Ashburnham Place, East Sussex
The price of £399 includes a generous pack of resources worth over £200, editable schemes of work to support the new specifications and two nights full-board accommodation in a single room with shared bathroom (within an area of the building set-aside for our group’s exclusive use)
En-suite, shared and/or family rooms may be available on request (this may affect the price), and it may be possible to book just food and lodging for partners and children who might wish to accompany you and take advantage of a weekend away during half-term in a beautiful setting with plenty of things to do and places to visit locally.
In view of the state of budgets, Candle is happy to reserve places with a deposit of £120 and defer payment of the balance until the financial year 2016-17 begins: just ask Sally Anne about payment options…
To book, just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Sally Anne Roberts on 0208 133 2241.
These comments are from previous Ashburnham residential CPD events in 2014 and 2015…
@puzzlevardy thank you for an amazing weekend! I’ve learnt so much!
— Lauren Smillie (@mrssmilllie) October 19, 2014
The Sutton Trust confirmed in October 2014 (“What makes great teaching?”)what most of us already knew, that teacher subject knowledge is the single biggest factor affecting student attainment – and that most other common CPD targets (e.g. learning-styles etc) have very little effect at all.
The content and style of Help! I’m down to teach the new A Level Religious Studies, an intensive three day training event for all teachers of A Level Religious Studies, draws on Dr Peter Vardy’s acclaimed BA and MA courses – which he taught at Heythrop College, University of London between 1998 and 2011 –as well as on the extensive academic and practical classroom experience of all the contributors.
Further Details / FAQ
VENUE: For more than 50 years the Ashburnham Christian Trust has run Ashburnham Place as a Christian conference and retreat centre. Set in glorious East Sussex countryside but within easy reach of London and major transport links, this is an ideal venue for residential conferences. Details of the venue, including directions, catering arrangements and further information about the facilities may be found here.
FACILITIES: The price of £399 is based on basic single accommodation with shared bathroom (within an area of the building set-aside for our group’s exclusive use).
RESOURCES: Our generous package of conferences resources is worth over £200…
A bookstall, selling a range of other reduced-price books and resources, will operate on 29th May.