The aim of this course is to equip you with practical and enjoyable ideas for teaching Key Stage 3 and GCSE languages. We will be focusing on instilling good language learning practices at KS3 and ways to encourage a high uptake at GCSE. Georgina will examine the current key challenges and demands of language learning and how to make the transition to GCSE more manageable and rewarding to both students and teachers.


  • Improve the way you instil good language learning at KS3
  • Learn practical and manageable ways for a successful transition from KS3 to GCSE
  • Find out new ways of motivating students and increasing the uptake of languages at GCSE
  • Share and learn successful ideas on the use of innovative technology in lessons
COURSE DATES London | Friday 6 March 2020
  • All teachers of Key Stage 3 languages
  • All teachers of GCSE languages
  • Heads of Department or Faculty for Modern Languages
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 – 10.15am
What are the key demands and challenges facing today’s teachers of modern languages? 

  • Embracing a rich curriculum
  • Keeping up with technology
  • Challenging the perception that “languages are difficult”

10.15 – 11.15am
What makes a good foundation at Key Stage 3?

  • Establishing good routines for vocabulary learning and grammar practice
  • Improving student interest and performance with dynamic teaching and learning activities in listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Mixing it up! Making it fun!
  • Creative ways of rewarding effort and achievement

11.15 – 11.30pm
Discussion and coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
How to make a successful transition from Key Stage 3 to GCSE 

  • The importance of placing equal emphasis on practising all four skills from day 1
  • Introducing testing exam-style questions in KS3 class work and homework
  • Regular assessment, ensuring the skills and knowledge are really being embedded
  • Including interesting and important cultural knowledge of the target language countries and regions

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.20pm
How using digital technology at KS3 can lead to top grades at GCSE: practical session 

  • Working with a partner or in small groups to discuss how you use technology in your own classroom
  • Showing evidence of how technology has had a positive effect on GCSE results
  • Share your methods and results with the rest of the group

2.20 – 2.30pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.30 – 3.00pm
Designing a rich curriculum at Key Stage 3

  • Timetabling challenges and curriculum options
  • Cross-curricular opportunities at KS3
  • Able and talented students: strategies to keep them motivated and to encourage a high GCSE take up

3.00 – 3.30pm
Maintaining motivation: encouraging students to opt for GCSE

  • Extra-curricular opportunities in school
  • Netflix with subtitles
  • Challenges and competitions

3.30 – 3.45pm
Final questions, plenary and departure

Georgina Irvine

Georgina has over twenty years of exceptional classroom experience, with enviable results in external examinations (100% grades A*-B at A-level and 100% grades 9-7 at GCSE). She is an experienced senior examiner for three major boards, covering all aspects of the A-level syllabus. She has led successful Spanish and MFL departments and mentored and trained new Spanish teachers.  She is an expert on Spanish literature, film and cultural affairs, essential for success at A-level.