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 NEW 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.


  • Excellent guidance on improving marks: enhance your students’ knowledge and understanding of the Spanish speaking world
  • Discover how to get the best out of the Independent Research Project, in depth and detail
  • Gain expert guidance from senior examiners on how to get higher grades across the papers, through exciting and unique student activities. If students wish to submit essays for comment on the day, please contact Keynote.
  • Improving the grades: examine what makes for a great essay in Literature and film
  • 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 Introduction: Tim Guilford

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

  • Student listening activity, with extracts
  • Engaging in active reading to show the examiner students’ full abilities
  • Ensuring the highest marks possible, through using these skills

11.10 – 11.30am
Showcasing knowledge and understanding of Spain and the Spanish speaking world (A04)

  • What you need to know – what do the examiners want to see?
  • How to pick up marks for A04
  • Activities and exercises to help revise this element at home

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

  • Giving the best response to the stimulus cards: activities to ensure students succeed
  • Showcasing perceptive insights and analytically developed responses

11.50 – 12.10pm

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

  • Using extracts from students’ essays, the examiners give feedback and show how to improve
  • Breaking down questions so that students can gain the highest marks
  • 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)

  • Guidance on how to plan your project in a targeted was to get the best 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
  • 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 Spanish well and manipulating grammar to best effect (A03)

  • What is meant by complex structures
  • Widening and deepening vocabulary to get the highest marks
  • How to proof-read work and avoid mistakes that cost 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 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