This NEW conference will provide students with a motivational revision day, at which you will be given high quality advice, guidance and examples which will assist you to produce examination answers of the highest levels.

The conference is designed for students of all examination boards.


  • Strengthened understanding of key areas in your GCSE French exams
  • Gain expert guidance from senior examiners on how to get high grades across the papers
  • Improve student answers by asking the experts directly
  • Exciting activities and workshops ensuring student participation throughout the day
  • Get a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers to strengthen your revision
  • A unique opportunity for your students to take part in the Live Sketch; if you are interested in this, please let us know
 DATE AND LOCATION  London | Friday 19 March 2021
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference



10.30– 10.40am
Quick-fire pronunciation practice

10:40 – 11:10am
Paper 2 – Tackling the picture-based tasks with confidence

  • Explore how to get the most out of the stimulus card
  • Expert guidance on how to avoid nerves and produce excellent responses
  • Improving answers: work though examples to see what differentiates top answers
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: Interactive pair-work photocard activity
  • Live sketches with students: describing a picture – who would get the best marks?

11:10– 11:50am
Paper 2 – the French Role-plays

  • How to stand out: tackling the role plays
  • Developing confidence: how to respond to questions / be spontaneous;
  • Listen to / watch examples that highlight the difference between levels
  • STUDENT ACTIVITY: Plan and produce a role-play: what would it score?

11.50 – 12.10pm
Submit your questions for the experts

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

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

12.40- 1.10pm

Question box
A prize is awarded for the best question

1.20  – 1.50pm
Papers 1 and 3 – strengthening your listening and reading skills

  • Think like an examiner: how do the questions catch students out?
  • Skills workshop: Learning and using vocabulary

1.50 – 2:20pm
Paper 4: exam success: producing excellent written answers

  • The shorter writing tasks: what the examiners expect to see
  • 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

2.20 – 2.50pm
Producing a great conversation in French

  • 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

Tim Guilford

Tim is an experienced education professional who held the role of Deputy Head of a London School for a number of years until recently. He is currently working as a consultant and trainer providing professional development in teaching and learning for Modern Languages as well as leadership and management, coaching and mentoring, and revision skills workshops to students. Tim has significant experience as a senior examiner and as an Ofqual consultant for A Level, and is co-authoring the new Hodder IGCSE Spanish textbook.

Karine Harrington

Karine is a practising Languages teacher with vast experience as a Head of Department and examiner for GCSE and A Level. She has developed a national reputation of excellence as a conference speaker and she has written KS3 and KS4 publications and she has co-authored the latest Hodder textbook for the new Edexcel A Level specification. Her latest publication will be a revision guide and workbook for Collins as part of the new curriculum. She is an SLE for Modern Languages and Teaching and Learning and is an active member of ALL and executive member of the ALL council.

Ana Santos

Ana is an experienced teacher of Spanish with a broad experience as Modern Languages Teacher and an MA in Didactics of Foreign/Second Language Teaching. She worked as an examiner for GCSE and A Level Portuguese and has been involved with the development of the new A Level Portuguese and GCSE for Pearson. Having worked as EFL, Spanish and French Teacher in state schools, she is currently teaching Spanish at North London Collegiate School and is Second in charge of the MFL Department she has also been collaborating as subject mentor for Spanish in the School Direct Programme of LSJS.

Students £25+VAT

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