This NEW conference will provide students with a motivational informative and valuable revision day on GCSE French. The day is specially designed by current senior examiners, who will give expert advice, guidance, examples, focusing on the key points to maximise students’ exam achievements. This conference is targeted at AQA and Edexcel GCSE students.



  • Boost your students’ performance in key areas of GCSE French with a summary of the learning from the past two years.
  • Hear from current examiners who will inspire your students with advice from their own perspective.
  • Learn the common pitfalls and how to avoid these.
  • Interactive, fast-paced day with student participation throughout
  • Take home a full set of revision notes written by senior examiners
  • Be inspired by an impressive, motivational and valuable session

10.30– 10.40 am Quick-fire warm-up quiz

10:40 – 11:10 am: Paper 1 – How to score high marks in Listening

  • Understand exactly how the questions work- dissecting what the examiners are looking for and dispelling any common misunderstandings.
  • Don’t get caught out by distractors
  • Crucial vocabulary and how to recall it.



11:10– 11:50 am – Workshop: Now let’s practise Paper 1


  • How to make the most of the 5 minutes’ reading time
  • Preparing to answer

11.50 – 12.10pm  Break Submit your questions for the experts

12:10 – 12:40pm: Translation – Grammar – Vocabulary

  • Student activity: Interactive Pair-work translation activities
  • Grammar pitfalls – what is wrong and why?
  • Active vocabulary learning : techniques that work


12.40- 1.10 pm Lunch

1:10-1.20 pm Question box A prize is awarded for the best question



1.20  – 1.50 pm: Papers 3 – Boosting French reading skills

  • Getting underneath the surface of the questions – what the examiners are really looking for?
  • Making sure the instructions are followed
  • Vocabulary connections
  • Student activity: Read and respond
  • Student activity: See what a good answer looks like and identify the reasons why it was highly graded.

1.50 – 2:20 pm:  Paper 4: Developing  writing skills

  • The shorter writing tasks: what the examiners expect to see and how to ensure that this is what you put in.
  • The extended writing tasks: what the examiners want and how to meet this
  • Using wide-ranging vocabulary to make your writing more interesting
  • Student activity: Which is the best? Student marking exercise
  • Complexity is the keyhow to make writing better not longer.

2.20 – 2.50pm:  The speaking element

  • Top tips from the examiners, with student exercises to show these work


2.50 – 3.00pm: Final Quiz and Top Tips

  • Advice on how to best use revision tools, including the specification
  • A reminder of the key lessons and advice provided during the day

Students £25+VAT

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

Tim Guilford

Is a senior examiner and consultant for Ofqual and CCEA. He has many years’ experience as a language teacher, senior leader in schools, school governor, and teacher trainer. He has provided consultancy services for schools both in the UK and internationally. He is passionate about the work he does and
prides himself on providing clear, practical guidance which isaimed at helping teachers to work smarter, not harder.

Karine Harrington

Is a senior examiner. She recently was asecondary school MFL teacher and a former Head of Department. Now she is a freelance consultant who has vast experience within her field as, a trainer, and an author. She is also the MFL Specialist Leader in Education for her Teaching Alliance and is an active member of the Association for Language Learning. In recent years she has published numerous titles for GCSE, iGCSE and A-Level: she co-authored textbooks for the A-level specification and has
published widely on A-level texts and films.