Flipped Learning Case Studies for A Level AQA

Study at home – explore in class!

Transform your teaching with Flipped Learning Case Studies for A Level AQA Language. Students prepare at home with detailed notes and stimulating homework tasks, then reflect upon key concepts back in the classroom.

Innovative, seminar-style learning facilitates independent learning and reduces time spent teaching content, in favour of doing the really important stuff – engaging with and exploring that content!

  • Supportive teacher guidance provides useful strategies on approaching the content
    • Includes AQA specification coverage map and a helpful introduction to the flipped learning approach
    • ‘Teachers can really be in no doubt how to apply all this wonderful material’ – A Davie, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

  • 12 concise case study summaries provide students with the essential info
    • Covers a broad and balanced range of twenty-first-century linguistic research – helps students shy away from the ‘usual suspects’ and stand out from the crowd in exams and NEA analysis
    • Clear links to the AOs

  • Thought-provoking tasks enable directed, in-depth discussion
    • Divided into ‘Before you read it’, ‘Make sure you understand it’, ‘Where can you use it?’ and ‘How can you connect it?’ – structured learning that aids retention
    • From research tasks to analytical questions, drawing on real-life examples as well as wider research – allows students to make links across the spec – perfect practice for exam or NEA responses


  • Indicative content included – great for self- / peer marking!
  • A wider reading list to push students even further

What do teachers say about this resource? (10879)

The concept of this resource is fantastic, and more than simply as a resource for flipped learning... I liked much of this resource. The writer is clearly an expert in their field and the information is all reliable. I like that the 'units' are standalone and the consistency of the approach on each page of the resource... Much of it concurs with recent training courses I have attended, and it is evident that the writer has a firm grasp of the curriculum and the assessment of students. Even the indicative ideas are like having some CPD training, given their depth... This resource could be invaluable in any English Language classroom. As already stated, the information is accurate, reliable and contemporary. The content of the 'summary sheets' for each study is judicious and the tasks are apt for this level of student, allowing for differentiation also... The links and the questions are excellent and the level of detail is appropriate, covering issues such as methodology, but in a user-friendly way. This specification is so vast that students (and teachers) can easily become overwhelmed but that is not the case here. I think it can be excellent as a flipped learning tool for AO2, as identified in the aims, but I actually think it has a wider use and the AO1, AO3 overlaps are evident to any teacher. It allows the student to work independently, but is a valuable tool for teachers who, when they ask students to research, end up with a load of copy and paste from Wikipedia. This will allow students to develop their own responses whilst researching in a targeted way... I love the links on each page to the more 'traditional' studies... This resource will fill a real gap in the market and save teachers literally hours and hours of work. I have been doing this sort of activity myself with my students but it has involved hours of reading and planning. This does it all and the level of knowledge means it is reliable. I think it will be useful not only for students, but also for more experienced teachers who need to update their knowledge of a subject that never stands still, as well as teachers new to the syllabus who can often find the scope of the subject utterly overwhelming.

J Colby, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

Useful and refreshing.

Very good to see newer research being used rather than only that which dates back several decades. Useful that new research is linked to more well utilised, older research.

Demonstrates to students that neither the English language, nor research of it, are static. Also has potential to give ownership of learning to students.

Very nicely matched to AQA specification. Focus is on paper 2 but this will inform many of the NEA language investigations too.

N Timmis, Teacher of English & Peer Reviewer

A really well planned, interesting, detailed resource. There are a lot of in depth points that students can work through independently to help build and broaden their knowledge outside of the classroom, using the higher level terminology without being inaccessible to all pupils.

I do like the regular format to everything, that each piece of research has a ‘before you read it’, ‘make sure you understand it’ and then developmental tasks. The questions themselves and the tasks are clearly designed to develop student knowledge independently so builds self-reliance and confidence. The answers provided are detailed enough for students to self-check, but also broad enough to allow any valid interpretation.

Not only does it help develop student independence but it will also help them broaden their knowledge for AO2 beyond class study which will be invaluable to their A Level study and beyond. It will also act as a way to develop and improve student knowledge for the NEA which is very independent and self-reliant. As all of the case studies are post-2000, it is a really nice, complementary resource to what’s covered in lesson/course books, as more often than not this is older theories and studies (pre-2000, if not earlier) which can sometimes come across as outdated. By their nature they also build on these older research studies so showcase how data can build on or dispute one another, which is particularly important for the highest level responses. 

C Testa, Head of English & Peer Reviewer

Really good to see a whole range of new theories that can be used in the classroom and I also like the challenge that these will give to students... The depth of challenge in each case study is pretty rigorous... I liked the fact that these were written in a convincing tone with just enough information for the students... I think this would work very well for students to work on at home. It can be hard to provide challenging tasks for homework or study periods but I think this works really well. I liked the way that there are suggestions how to use the theory... The questions are good - and pretty hard I think! The case studies and the approach are encouraging students to REALLY get to know case studies so they can hit the higher bands of AO2. It is very easy for kids to know theories superficially but this takes a real academic approach. The exam boards want candidates to use a greater breadth of theorists and this is a really good way of doing so.

B Eve, Teacher of English & Peer Reviewer