Designed to help teachers maximise success for their students, this course will show you what examiners are looking for and provide ideas for you and your students to use in the classroom.


  • Find out what examiners are looking for
  • Discover how to help students achieve Levels 5 and 8-9
  • Explore a range of exemplar material
  • Develop your ability to teach reading and writing skills
  • Take away some strategies to use in the classroom
COURSE DATES Available in-school
WHO FOR?  Heads of English looking to boost their centre’s results
English teachers who wish to improve their practice
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 10.50am: Specification philosophy and implications for teaching

  • The key skills students need for this course
  • Balancing exam technique and individual thought
  • Helping students understand the assessment objectives

10.50 – 11.10am: Break


11.10 – 12.00pm: Paper 1 skills: language, structure and evaluation

  • Tackling question 2: the importance of terms and inference for level 5 and level 9 students
  • Approaches to structure: helping students answer question 3
  • Evaluation: what students do – and don’t – need to do in question 4

12.00 – 1.00pm: Paper 1 skills: describing and narrating

  • The importance of content and accuracy in question 5: how to help level 5 and level 9 students
  • How to help students write description: top tips
  • How to help students write narrative: top tips

1.00 – 1.45pm: Lunch


1.45 - 2.40pm: Paper 2 skills: synthesis and comparison

  • Helping level 5 and level 9 students write comparatively
  • Handling two texts: how to link 19th and 20th century texts
  • How to structure answers to questions 2 and 4

2.45 – 3.30pm: Paper 2 skills: discursive writing

  • Formulaic approaches for level 5 students; freeing level 9 students
  • Building writing skills: arguing a case
  • A selection of practice pieces to develop students’ skills

3.30 - 4.00pm: Plenary

  • Individual centre queries
  • Network building
  • Self-reflection

Graham Elsdon is a Principal Examiner for a leading exam board and a practising English teacher with twenty years’ experience in the classroom. He has authored several books for OUP.