A fully interactive student conference which provides students with practical, engaging and motivating revision for the AQA GCSE English examination.  Students will examine quality exam responses and learn new techniques and strategies to become a top grade 7-9 level candidate.  Students will gain an understanding of how to move their grade to the top level through a comprehensive breakdown of the different questions that feature in AQA English Language.


  • Gain first-hand guidance, advice and crucial insight from examiners and experienced teachers in how to reach grade 7-9 at AQA GCSE English Language
  • Participate and interact in a range of activities, quizzes, on-stage tasks and challenges throughout the day
  • Opportunity to ask questions directly to the examiners and subject experts
  • Each student receives a full workbook to complete on the day and to use for follow-up revision sessions in school
  • Post-conference: Teachers receive follow-on materials
CONFERENCE DATES London Friday 01 March 2019
Manchester Tuesday 12 March 2019
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course

10.20 – 10.30am: Welcome and Introduction: Getting under the skin of the specification and accessing the top grades

  • What are the examiners looking for? What does a grade 7-9 student look like?
  • Examiners’ tips: what are the key skills to reach the top grades?
  • Winning the marathon: top tips on using your time effectively
  • Nailing the tricky stuff

10.30 – 11.00am: Paper 1: Question 3, Structure

  • EXAMINER MESSAGE: This isn’t a language question!
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: On-stage student activity. Why putting the right things in the right places will get you the grade
  • EXEMPLAR RESPONSE: What’s so good about it?!

11.00 – 11.40am: Paper 1: Question 4, Evaluation

  • EXAMINER MESSAGE: Unpicking evaluative: What is it and how do you write it?
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: Choosing the right evidence for the right response
  • EXEMPLAR RESPONSE: What’s so good about it?!

11.40 – 12.00pm: Morning break

  • Submit your questions for the question box

12.00 – 12.30pm :Paper 2: Question 2, Summary

  • EXAMINER MESSAGE: Reducing and refining – Bringing it all together but knowing they are different
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: Making meaning clear in the least amount of words!
  • EXEMPLAR RESPONSE: What’s so good about it?!

12.30 – 1.10pm: Paper 2: Question 4, Comparison

  • EXAMINER MESSAGE: Same, same but different. Method, not content
  • STUDENT ACTIVTY: Looking for the unobvious
  • EXEMPLAR RESPONSE: What’s so good about it?!

1.45 – 2.00pm: Question Box

  • Speakers will answer any questions that have arisen so far from the day

2.00 – 2.15pm: Punctuate to articulate: The importance of accuracy in your GPS

  • Easy ways to raise your grade
  • The importance of accuracy in your GPS

2.15 – 2.45pm: Paper 1: Question 5, Narrative or Descriptive Writing

  • EXAMINER MESSAGE: short cuts to excellent writing in the exam; and how to be original in your writing – grade 7-9 exemplar
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: Tried and tested techniques for you to practise. Can this move your 7 to an 8?
  • EXEMPLAR RESPONSE: What’s so good about it?!

2.45- 3.15pm: Paper 2: Question 5, Writing to Present a Viewpoint

  • EXAMINER MESSAGE: what we want and how to do it! Sequencing your argument
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: hitting the grade 7-9 standard; marking real examples of student responses
  • EXEMPLAR RESPONSE: What’s so good about it?!

3.15 – 3.30pm Final Messages

  • EXAMINERS’ FINAL MESSAGES: key points from each of the presenters – how to be the grade 7-9 student we are looking for!
  • FINAL SKETCH: putting it all together – inter-school quiz

Rebecca Geoghegan

English Consultant, English and Literacy Trust Advisor, SLE and SSAT Lead Practitioner in EnglishJoanna Neill

Joanna Neill

English Consultant and training provider, experienced teacher and Examiner

Students £25+VAT

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