Exam expert Mr Derek Bacon gave Sixth Formers an insight into essay writing techniques in preparation for their forthcoming examinations. Mr Bacon, a former Chief Examiner, scrutinised past papers with students, discussed how to approach essays then got them to mark examples that showed both good and bad practice. It allowed the students, from Years 12 and 13, to have an insight into what examiners are looking for.
Mr Bacon, who has been in education for more than 40 years, said: ‘Essay writing is very much a part of what students will be doing in their AS and A2 exams in a few weeks. Many students go into an exam and don’t know where they are going in terms of essay structure and ideas. I have worked through five or six past papers with them and they saw lots of different essays, worked out how they would approach them and learned how we, as examiners, mark. Although my background is in Spanish all the techniques are equally applicable to students of French and German.’
Head of MFL, Mrs Navarro-Marin said: ‘Mr Bacon led insightful and intensive sessions explaining what is expected and achievable at AS and A2 Levels. He is passionate about his subject and, as former Chief Examiner in Spanish for AQA, he certainly was able to share valuable tips about how to plan and write good essays that meet the criteria of his colleagues in the profession.’