This course provides teachers with high-level teaching and learning strategies and ideas to ensure that their students are able to confidently produce excellent answers in their exams. Using 2018 exam feedback to explore the areas in which marks can be lost – and gained – attendees will develop their understanding of how to help learners achieve the highest grades and embed independent learning skills.


  • Investigate the key feedback from last year’s results and how this can be utilised to improve high achievers’ results even further
  • Learn how to empower high achievers to realise their full potential
  • Gain new insights into teaching strategies for ensuring high level exam answers and student success
  • Unlock the power of empathy in the classroom and how this can be used to develop successful independent learners
  • Take away practical tools and teaching ideas that can be translated into exam success
COURSE DATE In-school only
  • All A-level English Teachers looking to improve and strengthen students’ results
  • Heads of English
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 11.30am: Feedback from 2018 and Lessons Learnt

  • Reviewing the 2018 results: what these tell us about how to improve students’ results further
  • Mark exemplar answers – and consider how to best use them with high achieving students to boost their learning and exam technique
  • Next steps: how to use the feedback to strengthen lesson planning and delivery

11.30 – 11.45am: Discussion: coffee break


11.45 – 1.00pm: Empowering Learners

  • Strategies for success in the classroom and for independent study, to ensure high performers reach their potential
  • Toolbox of activities to boost attainment in both reading and writing
  • Inspiring confidence, to create empowered learners – feedback and assessment methods across the course

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 2.45pm: Ensuring high level results

  • Exam technique: how to embed opportunities for practice into lessons
  • Developing independent critical thinking
  • Top tips for challenging the most able

2.45 – 3.00pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.00 – 3.45pm: Getting high achieving students exam ready

  • Key messages and revision strategies to set students up for success
  • Looking beyond the classroom: embedding independent learning skills and the core mindsets to be high achievers
  • Reflection and questions

3.45pm: Plenary and depart

Samantha Sheppard

Sam is a former Head of English and Senior Lecturer in Education, is an experienced educational consultant and trainer committed to empowering both teachers and students, helping them be the best they can be. She is a dynamic presenter who strongly believes in providing practical strategies that can be implemented immediately.

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