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 London Monday 04 March 2019
Manchester Monday 11 March 2019
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course

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: Break

  • 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: Lunch


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

English Consultant, English and Literacy Trust Advisor, SLE and SSAT Lead Practitioner in English

Joanna Neill

English Consultant and training provider, experienced teacher and examiner

Students £25+VAT

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