Tuesday 29 September 2020 (4pm)


Join Paul for an opportunity to really develop exam techniques and skills that will ensure progression to the higher levels of the mark scheme for the poetry questions. A particular focus will be given to how to extend performance in the comparison of poems and the effective analysis of themes. Also there will be a focus on how to write effectively about poetic technique with the use of exemplars from previous sessions.


During the hour you will

  • Gain understanding of how to approach the poetry questions in the exam
  • Obtain top level strategies for producing excellent answers for both Section B and C
  • Focus on what makes an excellent poetry essay – and pitfalls to avoid
  • Best practice revision tips and guidance from an AQA expert
  • Discover how to reach the top mark band in all of your answers
  • This course includes a set of course notes which will be sent in advance of the course and which you will be able to use


  • All students of AQA GCSE English Literature


4.00 pm Welcome and Introductions

4.05 pm Answering successfully on the Poetry Anthology

  • Revising for this question – top tips from the examiners, including practising linking poems to make the best selection in the exam
  • Addressing the theme effectively to reach the highest marks
  • Lessons identified from the 2019 exams – and how to do better!
  • Examine example responses: what students need to do to score higher marks

4.30 pm Dealing with the unseen poetry

  • Where and why students struggle with this area
  • How students can practise effectively
  • Work through an unseen poetry example

4.55 pm Final questions and answers with the examiner

Judith Dixon

Judith Dixon has been Head of English at The Lakes School, Cumbria for seven years and prior to that, she led Key Stage 3 English at Cockermouth School. She has experience of preparing students for GCSE English and English Literature as well as A Level English Literature, English Language, Media Studies and the Extended Project Qualification. She has delivered CPD on Progression in the English Classroom, Extended Writing Across the Curriculum, Planning and Modelling for Extended Writing and Oracy across the Curriculum. She is an examiner for a leading exam board for GCSE English Literature and A Level English Literature.