Updated for 2022, this is a fully interactive student conference, providing students with practical, engaging and motivating revision for the AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 exam. Students will explore quality exam responses and learn new techniques and strategies to help them become confident grade 4-5 candidates. Students will gain an understanding of how to improve their grade through a comprehensive breakdown of the different questions that feature in AQA English Language Paper 2.



  • Broaden your perspective with enriching and stimulating sessions from leading experts
  • Gain first hand advice and examples for improving your grade, direct from an examiner
  • Understand more about how to improve your responses
  • Explore and discuss the demands of the questions in relation to the 4/5 threshold.
  • Look in detail at the skills assessed in Paper 2 and how to demonstrate them “clearly”
  • Receive a student-friendly workbook to complete on the day and full conference presentations/follow on materials as electronic resources post-conference
  • Take away a comprehensive set of notes which can be used as part of your revision
  • Enjoy a memorable, varied, informative learning experience


10.30 – 11.00am: Succeeding with Q1

  • Understanding the mark scheme and identifying the key skills- advice from the examiners
  • What does ‘clear’ mean? – avoiding the mistakes that keep responses in Level 2
  • Reading approach: before, during and after reading the text
  • Strategies for Q1: careful, ordered and double-checked

11.00 – 11.45am: Understanding and connecting ideas – securing skills for Q2

  • Spot the difference- ways to identify differences between texts
  • Connecting ‘like with like’- how to identify similar ideas in texts
  • Explaining inferences clearly
  • Exemplar responses
  • Revision activity: developing clear comparisons

Morning Break: 11.45 – 12.00pm

12.00 – 12.45pm: Writing about language – developing skills for Q3

  • What is the ‘effect’ of language? key questions to answer in the response to comment clearly.
  • Key skills in the mark scheme
  • Making comments ‘clear’ – exploring ‘how’ and ‘why’
  • Exemplar responses
  • Revision activity: making clear comments on language

Lunch: 12.45 – 1.15pm

GCSE Question Box: 1.15 – 1.30pm

1.30 – 2.15pm: Comparing texts – combining skills for Q4

  • What are ideas and perspectives? Identifying the writer’s opinions
  • Combining key skills in one paragraph- methods for effective planning
  • Comparing ‘like with like’
  • Exemplar responses
  • Revision activity- developing clear comments on viewpoints

2.15 – 3.15pm: Writing an argument – expanding skills for Q5

  • Exploring the typical features of Level 3 writing
  • Establishing a single point of view for a clear response
  • Sequencing ideas- ways to use the statement to inform writing
  • Making sentences work for you remembering that variety is key
  • Exemplar responses
  • Revision activity- writing clearly

3.15pm END

Helen Backhouse is a teacher, trainer and examiner, who has been involved in English education and assessment for 25 years. She is a senior examiner for GCSE English Language, writing exam papers and training thousands of examiners. She has authored a number of textbooks, supporting students’ progress in English Language and Literature at KS3 and KS4.

Lance Hanson is an experienced teacher of English, school leader, teacher trainer and blogger. He currently works as the strategic lead for teaching, learning and curriculum for a multi-academy Trust. He has also examined GCSE English Language for almost two decades, written materials for exam board training, and has recently completed his PhD.

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