This NEW course is specifically designed for those seeking to support their students with target grades of 7-9. Using feedback from the 2018 examinations, along with a close examination of the Edexcel specification, our expert presenter will look at excellent teaching and examination technique which will push your highest ability students to producing the highest quality work during the course and in their assessments.


  • Develop excellent approaches to the strategic planning and delivery of the Edexcel GCSE English Language specification
  • Review feedback on the 2018 Edexcel examinations and how to use this to boost the skills of students aiming at Grades 7 to 9
  • Examine the specific skills required for Components 1 and 2 for high level achievement
  • Explore relevant English Language higher order skills which students need in order to access the top grades
  • Consider exemplar answers in relation to the Level 4 assessment criteria
COURSE DATE In-school only
  • All teachers of Edexcel GCSE English Language
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: Feedback on 2018

  • Feedback from 2018 Edexcel GCSE English Language: key areas where high level students did well and missed out on marks
  • How to utilise this information in your course planning
  • Overall strategies to strengthen high end performance in English teaching and the examinations

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.15pm: Edexcel GCSE English Language Component 1 higher order skills

  • Specific feedback on Component 1 questions – what high end students need to do in order to ensure marks / gain the highest marks
  • Teaching Critical Reading to stretch and challenge the most able students
  • Developing Imaginative Writing skills to obtain grades 7 to 9

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

  • Ensuring high performance: why students should understand the Assessment Objectives
  • Applying the Assessment Objectives and specification content to a range of answers marked within the ‘Level 4’ assessment criteria
  • Examining the differentiating factors in work between these Grades

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.30pm: Component 2 skills

  • Assessment for Learning – formative assessment and feedback that inspires and motivates excellent students
  • Where top level students did well and struggled in 2018 – and how that should inform our teaching
  • Encouraging independent reading, especially of Non-fiction, to help high end learners excel
  • How to teach Transactional Writing to ensure high level students maintain progress

3.30 – 3.45pm: Plenary and final advice

  • 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
  • How to engage students of the highest ability levels whilst also ensuring that they are ‘exam ready’
  • How to ensure your Edexcel Grades 7 to 9 students maintain progress and meet their target grades

3.45pm: An opportunity for any final questions

Joanna Kimbell

As a senior examiner and moderator for both Edexcel and AQA, Joanna has extensive knowledge and understanding of what is required for students to achieve at all levels across all key stages. Joanna’s expertise and experience of examining means she is able to aid departments in structuring challenging and interesting courses that will provide the appropriate stretch – and support – to enable candidates to access the demands of the new specifications.

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