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GCSE French Student Revision Conference

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This NEW PROGRAMME FOR 2023 will provide students with a motivational informative and valuable revision day on GCSE French. The day is specially designed by current senior examiners, who will give expert advice, guidance, examples, focusing on the key points to maximise students’ exam achievements. This conference is targeted at AQA and Edexcel GCSE students


  • Boost your students’ performance in key areas of GCSE French with a summary of the learning from the past two years.
  • Hear from current examiners who will inspire your students with advice from their own perspective.
  • Learn the common pitfalls and how to avoid these.
  • Interactive, fast-paced day with student participation throughout
  • Take home a full set of revision notes written by senior examiners
  • Be inspired by an impressive, motivational and valuable session


Welcome and Introduction & Quick-fire warm up quiz

10.00 – 10.15am

Paper 1 – How to score high marks in Listening

10.15 – 11.00am
  • Understand exactly how the questions work- dissecting what the examiners are looking for and dispelling any common misunderstandings.
  • Don’t get caught out by distractors
  • Crucial vocabulary and how to make sure you know it
  • Using the paper to your advantage – setting yourself up to succeed!

Paper 4: Developing your Writing Skills for Exam Success

11.00 – 11.35am
  • The shorter writing tasks: what the examiners expect to see and how to ensure that this is what you put in.
  • The extended writing tasks: a look at the examiners’ reports – what gets a Grade 8 – 9
  • Making your writing more interesting with sophisticated language
  • Student activity: Which is the best? Student marking exercise
  • The English-French translation – focusing on tenses and structure.


11.35 – 11.55am
  • Submit your questions for the experts

The Writing Exam: How to Gain full Marks for the 90 and 150 word questions

11.55 – 12.30pm
  • The extended writing tasks: a look at the examiners’ reports – what gets a Grade 8 – 9
  • What is the examiner looking to see?
  • ACTIVITY: How to move your grades up by a whole level


12.30 – 1.00pm

Question box: A prize is awarded for the best question.

1.00 – 1.10pm

Paper 2: Achieving in the Speaking Exam

1.10 – 2.00pm
  • The role play – why less is more
  • The photo card – how to be ready for any photo
  • The general conversation – how to prepare well and score highly
  • Other top tips from the examiners, with student exercises to show these at work

Short Break

2.00 – 2.10pm

Boosting Your Reading Skills to Access The Top Grades

2.10 – 3.00pm
  • Different question types – what the examiners are really looking for
  • Improving your exam technique – making vocabulary connections
  • Dealing with authentic texts – strategies that work
  • Improving your French-English translation skills – top tips
  • Student activity: Read and respond

Exam Techniques and Tactics & Final Top Tips

2.10 – 3.00pm
  • What do successful revisers do differently?
  • Effective techniques for retrieval, recall under pressure
  • How to Murder difficult exam questions and avoid Brain Freeze
  • Final Top Tips to Succeed in Your Exams!

Departure and Close



The Rock Tower, 49 Tufnell Park Rd, London, N7 0PS | Monday 30 January 2023

Please select your preferred date

This conference, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Jonathan Mumford is a current AQA examiner specialising in Speaking and Writing skills at GCSE level. He has 16 years’ experience of teaching both GCSE French and Spanish, consistently achieving top results with students at a Merseyside mixed comprehensive school. He is a teacher trainer at Liverpool Hope University and has 8 years’ experience as a Head of Languages. He is passionate about languages and ensuring language students aim high and succeed.

Katherine Golding is a former Head of Department and current teacher of MFL of longstanding experience. She has successfully prepared students for GCSE (AQA), A-Level (Edexcel) and Pre-U examinations in French in current and previous iterations of the respective specifications and holds the SSAT Diploma for Innovative Teaching. She currently teaches French and German in mainstream comprehensive education in South Northants and is a marker for both Pearson and AQA.

Students in her cohorts have enjoyed the highest percentage of Grades 4-9 in the MFL Department year on year and have gone on to study languages at Oxbridge and other Russell Group institutions. She has both current and historic experience and success in training both new teachers and PGCE students in the skills needed to teach both KS3 and GCSE classes effectively, promoting student uptake and achieving exam success.


  • A Specially prepared notes, practical advice and guidance by the course leader
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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