This NEW conference, is designed in the light of the 2018 examinations. The revamped conference will focus on challenging areas, how to boost grades and how to meet the demands of the questions for examination success in 2019.

This NEW student conference will provide students with practical, engaging and motivating revision and exam techniques for the GCSE English Language examinations. The day is fully interactive, with a range of activities and challenges for students throughout the day. Students will examine and assess real exam responses to help them perform to their full potential in the summer exams.


  • Gain first-hand guidance, advice and crucial insights from Senior Examiners and outstanding teachers in reaching grade 5 at GCSE English Language
  • Opportunity for students and teachers to ask questions directly to the examiners and subject experts
  • Participate and interact in a range of activities which will help improve the quality of students’ answers
  • Each student receives a full workbook to complete on the day and to use for follow-up revision sessions in school and at home
CONFERENCE DATES Bring this in your school

10.15 – 10.20am
Welcome and Introduction

10.20 – 10.50am
Workshop: Strategies that really work

  • Successful revision and exam strategies for GCSE English Language
  • Expert advice on transferring skills across the papers
  • Analyse short answer questions – what are the examiners looking for?
  • Which is strongest and why? Students compare example answers to decide

10.50 – 11.50am
How to succeed in the AO2 writing questions

  • Investigate what to look for in the questions and the extract
  • Structuring a response to make sure of success
  • Mind mapping exercise: how to cover all the key points expected by examiners
  • Ask our examiners about how to succeed on these questions

11.50 – 12.10pm

  • Submit your questions to the examiners

12.10 – 12.40pm
Creative and Descriptive Writing – how to produce sound answers

  • Crucial Examiner advice on how to use the contexts provided to plan high quality responses
  • Workshop on writing creatively under time pressures
  • Examiners take students through an excellent example to show how to hit the pass bands
  • Group work: Students improve an example answer to move it from a 4 to a 5

12.40 – 1.10pm

1.10 – 1.25pm
Our examiners answer your questions, with a prize for the best

1.25 – 1.55pm
How to tackle the comparison questions with confidence

  • Breaking down the questions to ensure good marks
  • What makes the difference: student marking exercise to demonstrate how to get better marks

1.55 – 2.25pm
Workshop on the Personal Interpretation questions

  • What the best candidates do – examples and advice from our experts
  • Group exercise reviewing example responses

2.25 – 2.55pm
Persuasive and Transactional Writing – impact and originality

  • What the examiners are looking for in the content and organisation
  • Planning answers effectively – why this makes a difference
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar – how to ensure the highest marks
  • Tried and tested techniques to practise

2.55 – 3.05pm
Final top tips and summary

Paul Dodd

Paul is an experienced English expert who has worked as a teacher for over 20 years and within a major exam board before becoming an independent educational consultant. He was a teacher of English, a Head of Department and a Director of Studies for over twenty years, teaching at schools in the United Kingdom and abroad. He then became Head of English at one of the leading exam boards and was involved in the development of the last two sets of English GCSEs and A Levels with Ofqual and the Department of Education. He is also part of the accreditation panels for a Regulator in English. As a consultant he is widely involved in a range of activities, including the training of teachers in the new specifications both in training courses and with individual Departments. He has authored a whole series of teacher resources such as lesson plans and trial assessments at both GCSE and A Level. He has authored several works on A Level English literary texts ranging from Romantic Poetry to Modern Drama and he examines for two UK exam boards and one international board in A Level English Literature. He is also a Principal Examiner for GCSE English Literature and an Associate University Lecturer in English. At the present time he is heavily involved in supporting teachers in the new English qualifications leading to the first assessments in 2017.

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.

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT