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 Literature 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 examples for reaching grades 7-9 at GCSE English Literature
  • 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 Manchester Monday 01 April 2019
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference

10.20 – 10.25am
Welcome and introduction

10.25 – 10.55am
Examiner Workshop: Getting top marks in the exams

  • Excellent guidance on revision and planning answers: what are the examiners looking for?
  • Expert advice on how to utilise skills across the question types
  • Interactive student essay-planning exercise, using questions from 2018 exams – demonstrating the skills that move answers up the mark bands

10.55 – 11.40am
Paper 1 Producing excellent answers on Shakespeare

  • Using Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, our examiner dissects an extract from Shakespeare
  • Consider in detail how to answer the question set to get the highest marks
  • Our examiner demonstrates the skills that get the best marks in answers
  • Moving up the levels – in groups, students compare answers to decide which is the best and why
  • Interactive session: common exam errors and pitfalls to avoid
  • Opportunity for students to question the examiners on best exam practice

11.40 – 12.00pm

  • Students submit questions on the whole specification for our examiners

12.00 – 12.30pm
Success with the 19th Century novel (using A Christmas Carol and Jekyll & Hyde)

  • How to stand out – our examiners explain high quality usage of historical context and the writers’ methods
  • Using the extract to highlight themes – how to get high marks
  • Activity: student marking exercise

12.30 – 1.00pm

1.00 – 1.20pm
Examiners answer student questions from the morning, with a prize for the best

1.20 – 2.20pm
Paper 2 – Answering the Anthology questions brilliantly

  • Revising for this question – top tips from the examiners, including practising linking poems to make the best selection in the exam
  • Examine how to address the theme effectively, to reach the highest marks
  • Group brainstorm exercise – given a poem and a question, students discuss which other poems would be appropriate to select and how to cover the question
  • Examiners discuss choices students made, highlighting strengths and weaknesses

2.20 – 2.50pm
Unseen Poetry exercise

  • Approaching the unseen: our examiners take students through an unseen poem example, highlighting how to make the best use of their prior learning
  • See what differentiates higher level responses – students examine at a model answer
  • Excellent advice on ways to revise and practise this part of the specification

2.50 – 3.00pm
Final top tips and summary

  • What students can do after today to boost their exam performance

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