GCSE, AS & A Level English Literature 


Delivered by Cambridge University Academics


Cambridge University Union Debating Chamber

Each event includes all relevant poems. All poems on your syllabus will be covered. See full list of poems at the bottom of the page:

Thursday 9th November - AQA  GCSE  Poetry: Power & conflict

Friday 10th November - Edexcel GCSE Poetry: Relationships

Thursday 23rd November - Edexcel A Level Poetry: Poems of the Decade

All conferences will run 11am - 3pm.

All speakers will take questions from your students

Tea, coffee and cake will be available for your teachers at the venue as soon as you arrive!

We can help you by providing:

  • a risk assessment
  • directions to cafes if you choose not to eat your own packed lunches in the venue
  • suggested routes to the venue from your school


A Level £34/student, GCSE £29/student

Teachers accompanying students attend at no cost.
Unaccompanied teachers wishing to attend should contact us.

Prices do not include VAT, which your school should be able to reclaim in full.

Optional Extras

Following payment you can choose one of the following free:

  • Reserved seats near the front
  • A school photograph with one of our speakers
  • The chance to send to us in advance, a question chosen by your students, for one of our distinguished speakers, which a representative of your school can ask in the Q&A

(Inevitably, access to these opportunities is limited, and is allocated to schools who request it on a first come, first served, basis.)

Feedback from Last Season

"Inspiring and informative…the students were given a university-style experience.”
Nicole Harmer, English Teacher, Wymondham College

"A really refreshing day, lifting texts out of the everyday classroom."
Ceri Boyle, Head of School, New College Pontefract

 "All the lectures were excellent. Motivating, interesting, relevant and pitched at just the right level for our students."
Combe Bank School

Over 400 schools attend AIM Conferences every year.


You can enquire or provisionally book for this conference by filling out our booking form here or by emailing us at:

Thursday 9th November - AQA  GCSE  Poetry: Power & conflict

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Ozymandias
William Blake - London
William Wordsworth - The Prelude: Stealing the Boat
Robert Browning - My Last Duchess
Alfred Tennyson - The Charge of the Light Brigade
Wilfred Owen - Exposure
Seamus Heaney - Storm on the Island
Ted Hughes - Bayonet Charge
Simon Armitage - Remains
Jane Weir - Poppies
Carol Ann Duffy - War Photographer
Imtiaz Dharker - Tissue
Carol Rumens - The Emigree
Beatrice Garland - Kamikaze
John Agard - Checking Out Me History


Friday 10th November -  Edexcel GCSE Poetry: Relationships

John Keats - La Belle Dame Sans Merci
Joanna Baillie - A Child to his Sick Grandfather
Lord Byron - She Walks in Beauty
William Wordsworth - A Complaint
Thomas Hardy - Neutral Tones
Robert Browning - My Last Duchess
Elizabeth Barrett Browning - How do I love thee?
Wendy Cope - 1st Date – She & 1st Date – He
Carol Ann Duffy  - Valentine
Elizabeth Jennings - One Flesh
John Cooper Clarke - i wanna be yours
Jen Hatfield - Love’s Dog
Vernon Scannell - Nettles
Simon Armitage - The Manhunt (Laura’s Poem)
Ingrid de Kok - My Father Would Not Show Us


Thursday 23rd November - Edexcel A Level Poetry: Poems of the Decade

Patience Agbabi - Eat Me
Simon Armitage - Chainsaw Versus the Pampas Grass
Ros Barber - Material
John Burnside - History
Julia Copus - An Easy Passage
Tishani Doshi - The Deliverer
Ian Duhig - The Lammas Hireling
Helen Dunmore - To My Nine-Year-Old Self
U A Fanthorpe - A Minor Role
Vicki Feaver - The Gun
Leontia Flynn - The Furthest Distances I’ve Travelled
Roderick Ford - Giuseppe
Seamus Heaney - Out of the Bag
Alan Jenkins - Effects
Sinéad Morrissey - Genetics
Andrew Motion - From the Journal of a Disappointed Man
Daljit Nagra - Look We Have Coming to Dover!
Ciaran O’Driscoll - Please Hold
Adam Thorpe - On Her Blindness
Tim Turnbull - Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn