This course is designed for all teachers using the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Languages specifications and will use as a starting point what we know from examiners’ reports about where issues lay in 2019 and provide a set of simple strategies for immediate use in the classroom, to add marks across all papers for students of all abilities.


  • Gain insights from a senior examiner on how to prepare students for 2020
  • Learn to develop the skills the students really need for success in GCSE Languages
  • Find out how to support weaker students, especially through the speaking test
  • Develop strategies to stretch the more able
  • Increase marks in reading and listening
  • Teachers of Pearson Edexcel GCSE Languages
  • Heads of Languages
  • Heads of Faculty
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
What we know from the examiners’ reports

  • The key messages of the reports for each language in 2019
  • What this means in terms of adapting our practice
  • The gaps in the student skill-set and a strategic approach to filling them

11.00 – 11.15pm
Discussion and coffee break

11.15 – 12.30pm
Getting speaking right

  • Targeting the mark schemes throughout the test
  • How to maximise the performance of weaker students
  • Adding spontaneity, range and high quality interaction

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Building comprehension skills

  • Question types and paper design – how to prepare students for each kind of question
  • Qualified language, distraction and inference
  • Scaffolding listening and creative approaches to reading in class

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.45pm
Focus on writing and translation

  • Adding quality to writing – not just structure, but vocabulary too
  • Classroom ideas for developing productive writing
  • Avoiding the pitfalls in translation

3.45 – 4.00pm
Plenary and Depart

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.