Online | Tuesday 23 March 2021
Online | Tuesday 01 June 2021

Time: 3 – 6pm

Code: 8388


The AQA GCSE in English Literature requires substantial coverage of a range of skills to ensure the top grades are achieved. This course will look at the most challenging aspects of the English Literature specification, specifically focussing on modern prose, drama and unseen poetry. The course will explain how it can be taught effectively in the classroom with a series of practical examples you can use immediately to achieve the top grades.

This course would benefit all teachers of AQA GCSE English Literature especially if you need to focus on improving results in the specific topic areas in AQA GCSE English Literature of modern prose, drama and unseen poetry. Teachers attending this course will be fully equipped to teach this section of the course effectively.


  • Develop resources and strategies for planning schemes of work in the AQA GCSE English Literature specifically the sections on modern prose, drama and unseen poetry.
  • Understand demands made of students by the exam board to achieving grades 7-9 Modern prose, drama and unseen poetry.
  • Increase your understanding of the different forms of assessment available in the classroom to reinforce Literature skills
  • Take away ideas and suggestions for teaching effectively a range of modern prose, drama and anthology/unseen poetry
  • Enjoy an opportunity to share examples of good practice that are effective in the classroom
  • All teachers of GCSE English Language and English Literature. Heads of English, English NQT and teachers of SEN students in English Literature.
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • You will receive a specially prepared file electronically containing detailed notes, and teaching materials and resources which will be of immediate practical benefit in the classroom.
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


3 – 345 pm
The challenges of GCSE English Literature

  • Explore the main challenges of Modern prose, drama and unseen poetry especially in regard to the top end students and the challenges they face achieving grades 7-9
  • Explaining the grading structure and the skills being assessed highlighting what is exactly required from students to obtain grades 7-9
  • Discussing the range of texts that need to be taught and resources available to teachers
  • Choosing the right texts for English Literature, how and when to teach them
  • Increase your understanding of the different forms of assessment to use in the classroom
  • Varying commentary practice to stretch the most able

3.45 –4.30 pm

Teaching Modern Prose effectively for students aiming for grades 7-9

  • Effectively teaching fiction texts from this century
  • Dealing effectively with context, writer’s technique and personal viewpoint in analysing these texts
  • Accessing Modern Literature for students aiming for 7-9 what the examiner is looking for
  • Take away ideas and suggestions for teaching these texts effectively to allow students to access grades 7-9

4.30 – 4.45 pm

4.45 – 5.15 pm

Teaching the Poetry effectively for high achieving students

  • Dealing effectively with comparison, context and critical reading of the poetry texts.
  • Effectively teaching the unseen poetry element
  • Take away ideas and suggestions for teaching these skills effectively

5.15 pm – 6.00pm
How to effectively incorporate Modern Drama and Prose into the GCSE English Literature course to bring success

  • How to teach these texts effectively- the importance of dramatic/writer technique
  • Developing resources and strategies for teaching these texts
  • Share examples of good practice in the classroom.

Paul Dodd

Paul is an experienced English expert who has worked as a teacher for over 20 years and within a major exam board before becoming an independent educational consultant. He was a teacher of English, a Head of Department and a Director of Studies for over twenty years, teaching at schools in the United Kingdom and abroad. He then became Head of English at one of the leading exam boards and was involved in the development of the last two sets of English GCSEs and A Levels with Ofqual and the Department of Education.

As a consultant, he is widely involved in a range of activities, including the training of teachers and students in English specifications both in training courses and within individual schools. He has authored a whole series of teacher resources such as lesson plans and trial assessments at both GCSE and A Level.

He has authored several works on A Level English literary texts ranging from Romantic Poetry to Modern Drama and he examines for two UK exam boards and one international board in A Level English Literature. He is also a Principal Examiner for GCSE English Literature and the Chief Examiner for IB English Literature.