This NEW conference, is designed in the light of the 2018 examinations. The revamped conference will focus on challenging areas, how to boost grades and how to meet the demands of the questions for examination success in 2019.

The AQA GCE in English Literature requires substantial coverage of a range of skills to ensure the top grades are achieved. This course will look at how students can achieve the top grades. The course will look at all elements of the AQA Specification A, but is highly relevant to Specification B students too.


  • Develop resources and strategies for success in AQA GCE English Literature A
  • Develop techniques for answering the unseen extracts
  • Ask questions directly of our expert examiners
  • Enjoy an opportunity to use and share examples of work, which will boost student revision and exam techniques
  • Students take away a full set of conference notes and examples, which will be of immediate practical benefit
CONFERENCE DATE Bring this in school

10.00 – 10.10am
Welcome and Introduction

  • A reminder of the content of the AQA Specification A GCE in English Literature and what we are going to cover today

10.20 – 10.40am
The challenges of the AQA English Literature A Level

  • Defining the skills required in the assessments: what do examiners expect to see?
  • Love through the Ages: meaning and development. Our expert highlights the key themes to consider in revision and exam answers

10.40 – 11.40am
Answering Paper 1 excellently

  • Exploring Shakespeare – our examiners explore how to answer the text based questions effectively with candidate exemplar work
  • The modern drama/prose text – how to write about a writer’s technique effectively
  • In pairs, students describe a writers’ technique
  • Selecting responses: the examiners highlight strengths and areas for student development

11.40 – 11.55am

11.55 – 12.40pm
Comparing Texts effectively and learning how to use context and different interpretations appropriately

  • Effectively using the skills of comparison, interpretation and context across a range of genres
  • Mark and explore example questions and exemplar responses which illustrate good practice
  • Student Q and A with the examiners

12.40 – 1.10pm

1.10 – 2.00pm
The challenges of the unseen poetry and unseen prose element of the specification

  • Dealing effectively with the unseen element: our examiners demonstrate how to answer to a high level
  • Students examine a range of example answers to see what differentiates the higher level responses
  • Explore how to deal with context and comparison within the unseen element effectively

2.00 – 3.00pm
Bringing it all together

  • Key assessment messages
  • Writing effective introductions and conclusions
  • What not to do: avoiding common errors and pitfalls, using example responses
  • Effective revision – what really works
  • Expert guidance on high level supporting resources and good practice

Final tips and conclusion

  • What students should do next to strengthen their chances for success

Paul Dodd

Paul is an experienced English expert who has worked as a teacher for over 20 years and within a major exam board before becoming an independent educational consultant. He was a teacher of English, a Head of Department and a Director of Studies for over twenty years, teaching at schools in the United Kingdom and abroad. He then became Head of English at one of the leading exam boards and was involved in the development of the last two sets of English GCSEs and A Levels with Ofqual and the Department of Education. He is also part of the accreditation panels for a Regulator in English. As a consultant he is widely involved in a range of activities, including the training of teachers in the new specifications both in training courses and with individual Departments. He has authored a whole series of teacher resources such as lesson plans and trial assessments at both GCSE and A Level. He has authored several works on A Level English literary texts ranging from Romantic Poetry to Modern Drama and he examines for two UK exam boards and one international board in A Level English Literature. He is also a Principal Examiner for GCSE English Literature and an Associate University Lecturer in English. At the present time he is heavily involved in supporting teachers in the new English qualifications leading to the first assessments in 2017.

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT