The course is designed to improve student performance in the A level examination by focusing on what went well and not so well in 2019 and by suggesting appropriate teaching and intervention strategies to maximise student performance. These will include teaching tips and suggestions of different approaches to tackling all aspects of the examination in order to make preparations easier and more profitable.


  • Gain greater insight into what Pearson Edexcel examiners are looking for and how to prepare your students for this
  • Take away useful teaching ideas to optimise student performance in the classroom and the 2020 examinations
  • Increase confidence in teachers and students about the skills needed to succeed
  • Develop a greater awareness of what the highest A level grades entail
  • Obtain teaching approaches which enable success across the different papers
COURSE DATES London | Tuesday 3 December 2019
London | Monday 9 March 2020
  • Heads of MFL
  • Heads of French
  • Teachers of Pearson Edexcel A level French
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.00am
Feedback from 2019 and what we need to change for 2020

  • Analysing the overall messages from the Pearson Edexcel exam reports in 2019
  • What went well and what interventions might be needed for greater success in 2020
  • Common errors and solutions to eradicate them
  • Topics and question types on which students struggle and how to make your students stand out instead

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.00pm
What makes an A and an A* grade

  • The Pearson Edexcel standard and what that demands of students
  • Approaches for keeping students working at the highest levels throughout the course
  • Skills needed to achieve the highest grades in each examination: how to ensure consistency of high level performance
  • Coping with the demands of content and language: keeping the best motivated and challenged

12.00 – 1.00pm
The challenge of the speaking examination with Pearson Edexcel

  • What makes an outstanding Individual research project: keeping your students on track and ready to really succeed
  • Developing the skills needed to really succeed with the cards
  • Spontaneous speech:what is meant by that for Pearson Edexcel and encouraging it in the classroom

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm
The challenge of the writing examination

  • How to write outstanding literature and film essays
  • What do C, A and A* essays look like with Pearson Edexcel – and using them successfully with your students
  • Coping with the demands of content and language: teaching ideas for the writing exam that motivate and encourage great answers
  • Grammar and accuracy

3.00 – 3.15pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 4.00pm
Questions and question types for the 2020 exams

  • What we now know and how to get even better marks for our students
  • Teacher focus on preparation for tasks – ideas for using topics to integrate the exam skills really well
  • Ensuring that students know how to answer all question types well
  • Evaluation and questions

Stuart Glover

Stuart is a renowned expert in GCSE and A Level French. He has been chief examiner for igcse French for 5 years, Principal moderator for GCSE French at AQA for 12 years, reviser, presenter, principal examiner for GCSE writing and lead examiner for FCSE French. He has also examined at A Level for many years for the same awarding body. He has written The Pearson Revise books and practice papers for AQA and Edexcel GCSE (new and old spec) as well as the OUP French text book for the new GCSE for AQA and have written the assessment materials for Studio French GCSE for Edexcel and AQA editions of the textbook as well as materials for online testing. Stuart is currently teaching Years 12 and 13 part-time at an academy in Gloucester, after having been head of MFL in two secondary schools.

GCSE French