This new course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in future Pearson Edexcel A-Level French examinations. Led by highly experienced presenter, teacher and co-author of the Oxford University Press A level French course Robert Pike, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for both language and literature options which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher level skills. Using feedback from the most recent examinations on the new specifications, the course will outline what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.


  • Focused on identifying the demands of Grades A & A* and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • A detailed look at the different demands of questions across the papers
  • Pearson Mark schemes will be analysed to identify and clarify the requirements of the highest levels
  • Sample answers at Grades A & A* will be discussed and marked
  • Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the content effectively in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students
COURSE DATE London | Thursday 7 November 2019
London | Tuesday 11 February 2020
  • All Teachers of Pearson Edexcel A Level French
  • Heads of Department for Pearson Edexcel French
  • Heads of Faculty for Pearson Edexcel Languages
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 – 10.15am
Hitting the Pearson Edexcel standard from the start

  • Grades – what do Pearson Edexcel demand of the best students?
  • The teacher’s role: keeping the best students on track for the best grades
  • Using assessment to develop your A and A* students further
  • Identifying and developing your A and A* students

10.15 – 10.45am
Listening and Reading for the top grades

  • Building vocabulary skills – learning vocabulary that gives access to the top bands
  • Listening skills and uses of a wide range of sources
  • Getting the content marks in the summaries
  • Tackling and decoding authentic and challenging French
  • Stretching top students with motivating and challenging texts
  • Acting on the Pearson Edexcel examiners’ feedback for Paper 1

10.45 – 11.05am
Discussion: coffee break

11.05 – 11.45am
Writing and Translation basics for Grade A/A* students

  • Where is an A/A* achieved or lost?
  • Understanding the marking grids and using them for improving teaching and results
  • Stretching top students with your choice of translation questions
  • Spotting grammar concepts in translation exercises
  • Revision tips to ensure top level students succeed in the exams – exercises that encourage A* thinking
  • Using Pearson Edexcel examiners’ feedback with the students – developing the skills without teaching to the test
  • Examining top level responses to Paper 2 questions – what are the key skills for translating into French for A and A* answers?

11.45 – 12.30pm
Setting up the IRP for A and A* students

  • The benefits of doing a mini IRP in Year 12
  • Choosing an outstanding topic: what the students need to know, based on exam feedback and classroom examples
  • Exam preparation and confidence: opportunities for mini presentations throughout the course
  • Filling in the IRP form
  • The role of the teacher examiner

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch & informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
French Speaking skills at A and A* level

  • The key challenges for high attaining students in achieving A and A* in Speaking
  • Teaching and acquiring the top band of AO4
  • Teaching approaches and tasks that stretch highly able students throughout the course
  • Practising the stimulus cards: accessing the top bands in all areas
  • Ideas and approaches for the themes, using Les changements dans la société française as an example – pushing top students with current events and articles on them

2.30 – 2.35pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.35 – 3.35pm
Teaching literature and film: stretching and challenging able students

  • Using personal and sophisticated resources to prepare for and complement the set works, using La Haine and Un Sac de Billes as an example
  • Deep examination of context – using who? /what? /when? /why? questions to push students: Sample Year 12 film lesson for La Haine
  • What makes a strong A-Level essay? Developing a unique style by using complex language and grammar: higher level structures and vocabulary to create variety and sophistication
  • Setting essay tasks to really stretch the students
  • Research activities to motivate and boost confidence with the most able

3.35 – 3.45pm
Final questions and departure

Robert Pike

Robert is an experienced trainer, author and teacher of French. He recently co-authored a new ‘A Level’ French textbook for AQA, as well as several products for the new GCSE. He has worked on many other French products such as Allez, Studio and Clic. An experienced MFL teacher and former Head of French, he delivers training courses across a broad range of topics including effective differentiation, outstanding teaching and getting results at GCSE and A Level. He delivers courses that are interactive, discursive and up to date with curriculum changes. Whilst teaching full-time he led the way with the use of technology in the classroom. An early adopter, he developed simple ways of making it work for himself, his colleagues and his pupils. Central to his teaching has always been an interest in the development of effective methods of challenging learners of all levels. He is also part of the ITT team at the University of Worcester where he helps develop the next generation of language teachers.

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