At Clayton Hall Academy, the International Studies Faculty has been established to serve the needs of the community by nurturing a multi-lingual, multi-literate and multi-cultural experience, preparing students to be thoughtful, engaged and educated citizens of a globally aware society.

This is underpinned by Gold Standard Quality First Teaching meaning high quality inclusive teaching, together with our continuous whole school processes for assessing, planning, implementing, tracking, monitoring and reviewing student’s progress, we specifically pledge to develop:

  • Student autonomy
  • Actively involved and engaged learning
  • Cultural enrichment and awareness
  • Communication capabilities and
  • Skills specific to the study of International Studies

Gold Standard Teaching and Learning

(and subject specific to RE) 

  • Effective seating plans to be available, highlighting students who are PP, SEN and G&T
  • Assessment maps, interweaved with PLC’s, to be integral in developing a students’ autonomy and understanding of their own progression and target setting
  • Target Language to be used by the teacher and students (key focus for 2019 – 2020), so that the students are immersed in the world of the language (as they would be abroad), thus maximising the potential for retention and retrieval.
  • Regular use of subject specific terminology (supporting Tier 3 Language Skills) to be used by the teacher and students, across both Key Stages, , so that the students retention skills are developed, supporting the higher grades at GCSE Level. This is a key focus for 2019 – 2020.
  • A range of skills – Listening, speaking, reading and writing with as much use of conversational exercises as possible to increase the confidence of students in the target language which then opens up the learning for the grammatical side of things
  • Appropriate differentiation
  • Stretch and challenge through questioning, modelling (both student and teacher) and via the variety of tasks set
  • Assessment for learning
  • Effective use of summative data to inform short, medium and longterm planning
  • DIRT
  • Pair work, group work and independent work



Key Stage 4 Examination Overview

Exam Board Details: AQA Religious Studies A Christianity and Buddhism


Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes The study of religions (Buddhist and Christian beliefs and practices) 50%

Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes Thematic studies (4 Theme papers) 50%


What resources could I buy or borrow that will help my child?

AQA Revision Guide Religious Studies A (9-1) Christianity and Buddhism (ISBN 978-0-19-842285-3)

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A (9-1) Workbook: Themes through Christianity and Buddhism for paper 2 (ISBN 978-0-19-844565-4)

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A (9-1) Workbook: Christianity and Buddhism for paper 1 (ISBN 978-0-19-844564-7)


What are the key websites or Apps that my child could use?

RE Quest

BBC Bitesize ks3:

BBC Bitesize ks4:


What can I do to encourage my child to take further interest in RE?

Watch, read and talk about the news. Ask and discuss BIG questions. Consider religious responses to world events – why would they do what they do? Consider issues of equality, tolerance harmony.


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To find out more about the curriculum we are studying please contact staff via email