Tuesday 5 May 2020 (4pm) – 1 hour


An opportunity to really develop exam techniques and skills that will ensure progression to the higher levels of the mark scheme for the writing elements of the English Language GCSE. A particular focus will be given to how to plan the response effectively and the techniques to use in the response. Also there will be a focus on how to write with impact alongside the importance of technical accuracy with the use of exemplars from previous sessions.


During the hour you will:

  • Gain understanding of how to approach the writing tasks in the exam
  • Obtain top level strategies for producing excellent answers for both Paper One and Paper Two
  • Focus on what makes an excellent writing response in both papers – and pitfalls to avoid
  • Best practice revision tips and guidance from an AQA expert
  • Discover how to reach the top mark band in all of your answers
  • This course includes a set of course notes which will be sent in advance of the course and which you will be able to use


  • All students of AQA GCSE English Language


4.00 pm Welcome and introductions

4.05 pm Dealing with Paper 1 – Section B

  • Key messages from the examiners about good and excellent answers
  • Dealing with the stimulus

4.10 pm Section B Question 5: the big challenge

  • Top tips for producing an outstanding answer on the 40 mark question
  • Narrative or Descriptive Writing: planning a response
  • How to be original without writing waffle
  • Activity – analyse the answer: how could it be improved?

4.30 pm Paper 2: Writing to present a viewpoint

  • How to answer Section B Question 5 to get the best marks
  • Covering the content to meet examiner expectations – the most important do’s and don’ts
  • Ensuing success with Technical Accuracy: why those 16 marks really matter and what to do about it

4.55 pm Question and answer session with the examiner

  • Any questions


Judith Dixon

Judith Dixon has been Head of English at The Lakes School, Cumbria for seven years and prior to that, she led Key Stage 3 English at Cockermouth School. She has experience of preparing students for GCSE English and English Literature as well as A Level English Literature, English Language, Media Studies and the Extended Project Qualification. She has delivered CPD on Progression in the English Classroom, Extended Writing Across the Curriculum, Planning and Modelling for Extended Writing and Oracy across the Curriculum. She is an examiner for a leading exam board for GCSE English Literature and A Level English Literature.

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