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 London, Friday 09 June 2017
London, Friday 23 June 2017
London, Friday 24 November 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of English looking to boost their centre’s results
English teachers who wish to improve their practice
Centres who are new to the AQA specification
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: encouraging perception
  • Freeing students: what the assessment objectives really mean

10.50 – 11.10am: Break


11.10 – 12.00pm: Paper 1 skills: Shakespeare texts

  • Getting through the text: key extracts versus whole narrative
  • How to use the extract in the exam: the importance of task focus and AO2
  • Using the mark scheme to help students: what level 5 and level 9 answers look like

12.00 – 1.00pm: Paper 1 skills: the 19th century novel

  • Context: what students do – and don’t – need to know for AO3
  • Writing about method in the exam
  • Clarity and perception: what level 5 and level 9 students need to do in their writing

1.00 – 1.45pm: Lunch


1.45 - 2.40pm: Paper 2 skills: modern texts

  • Writing about dramatic and/or authorial method
  • Using quotations in a closed-book exam
  • Encouraging level 5 and level 9 students to shine in Section A: top tips

2.45 – 3.30pm: Paper 2 skills: seen and unseen poetry

  • How to approach the poetry cluster in the classroom
  • Building writing skills for Section B: how to compare texts
  • How to prepare for unseen poetry
  • The importance of AO2 in the final task

3.30 - 4.00pm: Plenary

  • Devising mock exams
  • 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.