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 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 Spanish 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
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10.20 – 10.30am
Welcome and Introduction

10.30 – 10.40am
Quick-fire pronunciation practice

10.40 – 11.10am
Tackling the picture-based tasks with confidence

  • Explore how to get the most out of the stimulus card
  • Obtain expert guidance on how to avoid nerves and produce excellent responses
  • Improving answers: work though examples to see what differentiates top answers

Over to you – live sketches with students

  • Describing a picture –who would get the best marks?

11.10 – 11.40am

  • 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

Over to you – live sketches with students

  • Doing a role-play – can you decide who would get the best marks?

11.40 – 11.50am
Ask the examiners – your questions answered

11.50 – 12.10pm

  • Submit your questions for the experts

12.10 – 12.40pm
Translation – Grammar – Vocabulary

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

12.40 – 1.10pm

1.10 – 1.20pm
Question box

  • A prize is awarded for the best question

1.20 – 1.50pm
Paper 1 – listening and reading skills

  • Think like an examiner: how do the questions catch students out?
  • Excellent techniques to improve student skills
  • Engaging student activities and practise exam questions which will strengthen exam responses

1.50 – 2.20pm
Developing your writing skills

  • Answering the different questions: what the examiners want
  • Analyse example answers to see how to move through the levels
  • Which is the best? Student marking exercise
  • Complexity is the key – how to make writing better

2.20 – 2.50pm
Having a great conversation

  • 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.

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.

Samantha Broom (London only)

Samantha is an experienced teacher of Spanish and French with extensive experience as Head of Department and an MA in Education. She specialises in teaching Spanish at both GCSE and A Level and has been involved in authoring resources for both Nelson Thornes (OUP) and Pearson. She is an examiner for A Level and has been heavily involved with the PGCE course at the University of Cumbria, including mentoring trainee teachers. Samantha has worked in both state and independent schools and she is an experienced presenter with a passion for using the target language in the classroom, as well as using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Students £25+VAT

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