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 for the GCSE English Language examinations. The day is fully interactive, with a range of activities, quizzes, on-stage tasks and challenges for students throughout the day. Students will examine quality exam responses to help them perform to their full potential in the summer exams.


  • Gain first-hand guidance, advice and crucial insight from Senior Examiners and outstanding teachers in reaching grades 7-9 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
  • Teachers receive full conference presentations/follow-on materials as electronic resources post-conference
CONFERENCE DATES Bring this in school

10.15 – 10.20am
Welcome and Introduction

10.20 – 10.50am
Workshop: Revision strategies that really work

  • Key revision and exam strategies that work (including how to ensure full marks on the 4 mark questions)
  • Expert advice on transferring skills across the papers
  • Consider the Analysis of language question – what are the examiners looking for?
  • Students compare example answers to decide which is strongest and why

10.50 – 11.50am
How to succeed on Paper 1 Questions 3 and 4

  • Investigate what to look for in the questions and the extract
  • How to structure a Question 4 response to gain high marks
  • 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
Paper 1 Question 5 – how to produce excellent 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 top bands
  • Group work: Students improve an example answer to move it from a 7 to a 9

12.40 – 1.10pm

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

1.25 – 1.55pm
Paper 2 How to tackle the 8 mark question with confidence

  • Breaking down the questions to ensure high marks
  • Student marking exercise – which are better and why

1.55 – 2.25pm
Paper 2 – workshop on the 16 mark question

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

2.25 – 2.55pm
Paper 2, Question 5

  • Excellent longer answers – what the examiners are looking for in the content and organisation
  • Planning the answer to ensure high grades
  • 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 

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.

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