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.

This conference will provide students with a motivational revision and exam-skills building day, during which they will engage with experienced examiners and be given high quality advice, guidance and examples to help them perform at their best standard in each part of the exam.

The conference is designed for students of all examination boards.


  • Exciting sessions which will enhance your students’ knowledge and understanding of the French speaking-world and improve their exam answers. If students wish to bring their own essays for discussion by the examiners, please contact us.
  • Expert guidance from senior examiners on how to get higher grades across the papers, with active student participation throughout the day
  • Gain detailed understanding of the requirements of the Independent Research Project
  • Explore ‘Literature and film’ and what makes for a great essays
  • Get a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers to strengthen your revision
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference

10.25 – 10.35am
Welcome and Introductions: Tim Guilford

10.35 – 11.10am
Improving your listening and reading comprehension skills (A01 and A02)

  • Active listening task, with extracts
  • Expert guidance on how to engage in active reading in the exams
  • How to ensure that students use these skills to get the highest marks

11.10 – 11.30am
Showcasing knowledge and understanding of France and the French speaking world (A04)

  • How to pick up marks – what are examiners looking for
  • Activities and exercises that can help students revise this element at home

11.30 – 11.50am
Paper 3 – Dealing effectively with the Speaking Cards (A01 /A02 / A03 and A04)

  • Stimulus Cards: how to give the best responses – student activities and examples
  • Perceptive insights and analytically developed responses: how students can showcase their abilities

11.50 – 12.10pm

12.10 – 12.40pm
What makes a good essay great: critical approaches to literature and film (A04)

  • A unique opportunity to get examiners’ feedback on students’ own essays
  • Breaking down questions to meet the examiners’ requirements
  • Student activity: spoken essay exercise

12.40 – 1.10pm

1.10 – 1.55pm
Workshop – How to use the individual research project to boost your results (A01 /A02 / A03 and A04)

  • Expert guidance on how to plan the project to get the best marks
  • Boosting marks: how to revise the project and prepare yourself for the examination
  • Live practice exercise

1.55 – 2.20pm
Workshop: Translation skills that hit the mark schemes (A03)

  • Discover what the examiners are looking for and how they differentiate
  • Complete the example tasks and get feedback on the pitfalls
  • Linking listening and comprehension skills to produce the strongest exam answers throughout the papers

2.20 – 3.10pm
Using French well and manipulating grammar to best effect (A03)

  • What do we mean by complex structures?
  • Widening and deepening vocabulary to make students stand out
  • How to proof-read work and avoid losing marks

3.10 – 3.20pm
Final top tips for each board

  • AQA / Pearson / Eduqas
  • A word about the summary tasks
  • A reminder of the key lessons and advice provided during the day

Tim Guildford

Tim is an experienced education professional who held the role of Deputy Head of a London School for a number of years until recently. He is currently working as a consultant and trainer providing professional development in teaching and learning for Modern Languages as well as leadership and management, coaching and mentoring, and revision skills workshops to students. Tim has significant experience as a senior examiner and as an Ofqual consultant for A Level, and is co-authoring the new Hodder IGCSE Spanish textbook.

Stuart Glover

Stuart is a renowned expert in GCSE and A Level French. He has been chief examiner for igcse French for 5 years, Principal moderator for GCSE French at AQA for 12 years, reviser, presenter, principal examiner for GCSE writing and lead examiner for fcse French. He has also examined at A Level for many years for the same awarding body.

He has written The Pearson Revise books and practice papers for AQA and Edexcel GCSE (new and old spec) as well as the OUP French text book for the new GCSE for AQA and have written the assessment materials for Studio French GCSE for Edexcel and AQA editions of the textbook as well as materials for online testing.

Stuart is currently teaching Years 12 and 13 part-time at an academy in Gloucester, after having been head of MFL in two secondary schools.