This brand new and innovative course focuses on ways to structure and develop creative and descriptive styles of writing in order to maximise student outcomes in Paper 1, section B.

The programme for the day will focus on different strategies to enhance the descriptive and narrative skills of your students. It will also place emphasis on how to embed knowing when or how to divert attention to make quick gains in the exam questions. It will also look feedback and guarantee student reflection/ response to this to in order to capitalise on student potential.



  • Equip yourself and students with the confidence to choose and plan responses effectively.
  • Build clear and developed structures to enhance writing styles.
  • Explore and express how to make individual responses to images and narrative based questions.
  • Develop student’s vocabulary through a variety of teaching methods.
  • Refreshed approaches to teaching the variety of sentence lengths for effect.
  • Heads of English faculties
  • Those in charge of raising attainment for English
  • All teachers of English Language.
DATE Online | Monday 15 November 2021

London | Monday 7 February 2022

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

10-10.30am: key differences in writing styles

  • Key features of narrative styles- avoiding the “he said, she said”
  • Key features of descriptive writing styles- identifying the difference between “showing” not “telling”
  • What constitutes as ‘good’ description or narrative- taking examples from print.


10.30-11.30am: Structuring writing for Success

  • Identify and address the three key sections of essay templates and how to interrelate them into responses: introduction, topic paragraphs, conclusion, and how to illustrate a logical, developing description.
  • Planning formats- working out which format is best, allowing for personal preference, reiterating importance of having a clear plan.
  • Explore ‘small, big changes’ for instantly clarifying a paragraph through sentence control.
  • Utilising topic sentences: how to map out a successful essay in the classroom and replicate the key structural ingredients in the exam room.
  • Deepen responses through drop, shift zoom method.
  • Strategies for identifying inaccurate sentence structure, grammar and spelling

11.30- 11.45am: Morning break


11.45pm – 12.45.pm: Developing style

  • Identify and address key issues that affect written responses and how to turn them into an advantage.
  • Explore talking exercises to develop description in the classroom and translate them to the page.
  • Explore ways to create imagery- avoiding the overuse or reliance on similes.
  • Explore methods to avoid the “I trap” when writing in first person.

12.45-13.45pm lunch


13.45pm – 14.45pm: avoiding “boring” description

  • Strategies to build vocabulary and provide alternatives to common descriptive words.
  • Ways to build images that are clear to the reader
  • Utilise your character’s five senses
  • Develop your character’s likes and dislikes, passions and phobias
  • Build suspense and atmosphere with vivid detail through your unique character’s eyes and ears.


14.45-15.45pm 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.

Depart 15.45pm

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 was 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.