This NEW and updated A level Spanish conference will provide students with a motivational informative and valuable revision day. 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 in summer 2020.


  • Boost your students’ performance in key areas
  • Hear from conference speakers who will inspire your students
  • Interactive, fast-paced day
  • Take home a full set of revision notes written by senior examiners
  • Be inspired by an impressive, motivational and valuable session
 DATE AND LOCATION  London | Friday 13 March 2020
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference



10:25– 10:35am
Welcome and Introductions
Tim Guilford

10.35– 10.55am
Staying current – Aspects of Spanish-speaking society that go beyond the textbooks

  • How best to showcase your knowledge of the Spanish speaking world and score highly on A04 in the speaking cards.
  • Staying on top of current trends in the Spanish speaking world – top tips and what the examiners are really interested in seeing

10:55– 11:35am
Listening and responding to spoken and textual passages

  • Listening for detail
  • Coping with summary tasks (separate guidance for each board)
  • Live practice activities
  • Dealing with different question types to make every mark count

11.35 – 11.55pm

11:55– 12:45 pm
Listening and reading skills – dealing with different question type

  • Tackling translation: common pitfalls seen in A level Spanish responses
  • Reinforcement of a range of lexis and complex forms to produce the strongest response
  • Marking exercise – students work in pairs to decide what differentiates responses
  • Clear messages, good English and accurate Spanish

12.45- 1.30pm

1.30 – 1.40pm
Ask the experts

1:40 – 2:20pm
What makes a great essay critical approaches to literature and film

  • Essay planning, structure and content
  • How to utilise the most important textual detail
  • What do exam boards mean by a ‘critical and analytical response’? Meeting the key challenges of the task
  • Student marking exercise on example responses

2.20 – 3.10pm

  • The Stimulus Cards : what’s good, what’s not, what gets the marks
  • Guidance for the Independent Research Project
  • Interaction (A01) and quality of language (A03) really matter too

Final top tips

  • Grade A/A* excellence in grammar
  • Grade A/A* excellence in essays
  • How to be consistently good across the papers

Tim Guilford

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.

Ana Santos

Ana is an experienced teacher of Spanish with a broad experience as Modern Languages Teacher and an MA in Didactics of Foreign/Second Language Teaching. She worked as an examiner for GCSE and A Level Portuguese and has been involved with the development of the new A Level Portuguese and GCSE for Pearson. Having worked as EFL, Spanish and French Teacher in state schools, she is currently teaching Spanish at North London Collegiate School and is Second in charge of the MFL Department she has also been collaborating as subject mentor for Spanish in the School Direct Programme of LSJS.

Students £25+VAT

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

A-level Spanish