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 London Friday 01 March 2019
Manchester Monday 01 April 2019
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course

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: Break

  • 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: Lunch


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

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

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