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Dr Rachel Knightley helps student build confidence and gain clarify on what a well-structured written answer needs, across the Edexcel English syllabuses. Set yourself clear objectives and improve your results, both in the classroom and under exam pressure. This two-hour course will provide strong, accessible templates to help you address questions and structure clear, effective answers in all your written work


  • Equip yourself with a strong template of questions to ask and address in written answers, in coursework and under examination conditions.
  • Build confidence on the page with strong, clear and focused written answers.
  • Explore and express how to make individual responses to set texts, indentify key words in set questions and write confident answers.
  • Consolidate your knowledge of advanced exam technique, to ensure you maximise your potential.


4.00pm  – 4.45pm:           Strengthening the Foundations: Structuring Essays for Success

  • Identify and address the three key sections of essay templates and how to interrelate them in your answer: introduction, topic paragraphs, conclusion, and how to illustrate a logical, developing argument.
  • Explore ‘small, big changes’ for instantly clarifying a paragraph through sentence control.
  • Deepen responses through ‘What then Why’ templates.

4.45pm – 5.00pm:            Balancing information and analysis

  • Identify and address key issues that affect your written work and how to turn them to your advantage.
  • Explore talking exercises to develop arguments in the classroom and translate them to the page.
  • Utilising topic sentences: how to map out a successful essay in the classroom and replicate the key structural ingredients in the exam room.

5.00pm – 5.30pm:            Good Writing under Exam Pressure

  • Clarify the key points to remember for writing in exam conditions.
  • Making friends with the question: how to help students recognise when they are tempted to stray from the question being asked and how to turn their answer around.
  • Turning initial ideas into great paragraphs: tips, techniques and writing prompts to help the work “write itself” faster and better.

5.30pm: Session ends


Dr. Rachel Knightley

Dr Rachel Knightley is the author of Your Creative Writing Toolkit, Illuminate Publishing’s GCSE Drama Study and Revision Guide and of various short stories. Her first full collection of short stories will be published in 2021. She is a former senior tutor of the Questors Youth Theatre and was resident speech and drama teacher at Heathfield GDST School until 2013. Rachel now teaches English Language and Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies, Public Speaking and LAMDA Exams privately from her base in southwest London and online.