This NEW course is specifically designed for those seeking to support their students in reaching grades 7-9. Our expert trainer will show you how to turn the AQA GCSE English Language specification into challenging lessons which allow students to succeed at the highest level in the final examinations.


  • Discuss approaches to the strategic planning and delivery of the AQA GCSE English Language specification
  • Explore relevant English Language higher order skills which students need in order to access the top grades
  • Gain extensive knowledge of the English Language assessment objectives
  • Consider exemplar answers in relation to the Level 4 assessment criteria
  • Take away teaching strategies to support the advanced delivery of GCSE English Language
COURSE DATES Manchester Monday 03 December 2018
London Friday 14 December 2018
London Monday 11 February 2019
  • Heads of Department
  • KS4 Leaders
  • English SLEs
  • English Lead Practitioners
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 11.00am: Approaches to the strategic planning and delivery of the AQA GCSE English Language specification

  • We begin with an exploration of the bigger picture: how is AQA GCSE English Language planned and delivered in your school? We will then move on to undertake an in-depth scrutiny of the most recent examiner’s report along with other key documents in order to consider ‘areas of concern’ for those at the ‘top end’. How can the key messages re-direct the strategic planning, teaching and learning within our schools and departments?

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.15pm: The AQA GCSE English Language higher order skills

Exploration of higher order reading and writing skills students need to acquire and develop in order to achieve Grades 7-9.

  • Are some more critical than others, especially for high ability learners?
  • How do I teach them to the ‘top end’?
  • In what order should I teach them in order to maintain excellence?
  • Should I teach them in parallel with the similar assessment objectives for AQA GCSE English Literature?

12.15 – 1.00pm: Applying the Assessment Objectives at the ‘top end’

  • Applying the Assessment Objectives and specification content to a range of answers marked within the ‘Level 4’ assessment criteria
  • An in-depth consideration of the subjective nature of GCSE English Language and what problems this poses when applying a universal mark scheme, with strategies for how to teach excellent exam technique for Grades 7 to 9 students

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.30pm: How it should look in the classroom

A ‘theory-free’ session that looks purely from the teacher’s point of view at how to plan and deliver interesting and inspiring opportunities related to sections A and B of both papers.

  • Explore ways of extending the higher order English Language skills including analysis, evaluation, synthesis and assured crafting of writing
  • How to engage students of the highest ability levels whilst also ensuring that they are ‘exam ready’

3.30 – 3.45pm: Next steps, planning and networking

  • What to do after you leave today to implement these ideas immediately
  • How to ensure your Grades 7 to 9 students maintain progress and meet their target grades
  • Networking opportunity and ideas for excellent teaching and learning

3.45pm: Final questions

Rebecca Geoghegan

Rebecca is a secondary English teacher with 15 years experience of teaching KS3, GCSE and A Level. Now an AST, Lead Practitioner and SLE, Rebecca is the Eastern Region Leader for Literacy and English for the UK’s largest academies sponsor. In her current role Rebecca regularly teaches, assesses, moderates and advises in primary, secondary and special academies. Rebecca has regularly presented courses for the SSAT, currently moderates SSAT Lead Practitioner applications and has assessed AQA GCSE English Language examination papers.

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