We’ve teamed up with teacher and podcaster, Craig Barton to create a podcast series which takes us deep under the skin of exams.

Find out how exam questions are developed, discover what happens behind the scenes at AQA and get to the heart of the latest issues as teachers bring us their stories and experiences, direct from the classroom.

Listen to every episode right here, or on your favourite podcast app. Then, be sure to come back and check out the extra resources complementing each of the main episodes.

Bonus: Episode 3

New

20 May 2019

11 minutes

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Unit Award Scheme: 12,000 paths to achievement

Adrienne Nichols explains how AQA’s Unit Award Scheme is helping students to achieve more positive outcomes. With thousands of paths available, students are using the scheme to develop their academic and social skills.

Episode 3

New

13 May 2019

34 minutes

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Hungry examiners and GCSE memes

Craig speaks to AQA’s Social Media Manager, Raquel Gomez Frias, to learn how social media can both help and hinder the exam process. School teacher Jon Sellick explains how he helps students manage the post-exam impact of social media.

Bonus: Episode 2

New

7 May 2019

14 minutes

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AQA Unlocking Potential: barriers to barrister

Haleemah Farooq talks about her experiences of living with a visual impairment and explains how the AQA Unlocking Potential programme helped set her on an exciting career path.

Bonus: Episode 1

New

1 May 2019

14 minutes

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De-icing with death and Jane Eyre’s flamingos

AQA Head of Curriculum for English, Deborah Pearson discusses the importance of cultural capital when studying texts and explains how effective back planning can help students untangle a text from its context.

Episode 1

New

1 May 2019

34 minutes

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Talking my language

Craig is joined by AQA’s Assessment Design Manager, Georgina Holmes, who explains why the words used in exam questions are so important. We also drop in on teacher, Kate Brewer to discover some of the techniques she employs in the classroom to help students with English as an additional language.

Episode 2

New

1 May 2019

34 minutes

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Macaroni and 36-point font

Craig catches up with AQA’s Sue Barnbrook to understand how exams are made accessible to students with special requirements. Discover how pasta, pens and 36-point font have been used to assist accessibility. School teacher, Mark Grimmett explains his approach to helping students with special requirements access the curriculum.