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 7-9 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 to the highest level
  • Explore the demands of the questions in relation to the grades 7-9 requirements.
  • Look in detail at the skills assessed in Paper 2 and how to demonstrate them ‘perceptively’ and ‘in detail’.
  • 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 for top level students
  • What do ‘detailed’ and ‘perceptive’ mean?
  • Reading approaches: finding the overarching ideas.
  • Strategies for Q1: focused, ordered and double checked

11.00 – 11.45am: Interpreting and synthesising ideas – securing skills for Q2

  • What is synthesis?
  • Developing inferences using overarching ideas
  • Interpreting differences: like for like- analysing and comparing similar ideas
  • Exemplar responses
  • Revision activity: perceptive comparisons

Morning Break: 11.45 – 12.00pm

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

  • What is the ‘effect’ of language? Ways to embed perceptive comments
  • Key skills in the mark scheme at Level 4
  • Analysing metaphor- methods to secure the top grades
  • Exemplar responses
  • Revision activity- developing detailed 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

  • Key skills in the mark scheme at Level 4
  • Identifying and comparing perspectives
  • Making nuanced distinctions
  • Exemplar responses
  • Revision activity- perceptive comparison of viewpoint and methods

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

  • Exploring the typical features of Level 4 writing
  • Using overarching ideas to frame the argument
  • Creating an individual voice
  • Crafting language: manipulating sentences for effect
  • Exemplar responses
  • Revision activity: communicating arguments convincingly

15.15pm: 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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