This NEW course examines in depth teaching and learning strategies and methods that ensure that your students obtain at least the key grades of 4 and 5 in Edexcel GCSE English Literature. Using feedback and examples from the 2018 examinations, you will explore the most challenging aspects of the English Literature specification and how they can be taught effectively to Grade 4 and 5 students. Using practical examples of Edexcel work to demonstrate how to improve results through examination technique and classroom assessment, this course will help ensure that your mid-range students succeed in the 2019 examinations.


  • Expert feedback on the 2018 Edexcel examinations, highlighting areas of strength and weakness for mid-range students and how to improve their skills
  • Obtain teaching and learning ideas that ensure ongoing student progress and motivation
  • Develop resources and strategies for high quality teaching of the Edexcel GCSE English Literature specification to mid-range students
  • Gain greater understanding of the standards required for each of Grades 4 and 5 and how that impacts upon your teaching, with example answers and commentaries
  • Take away ideas and suggestions for teaching effectively a range of nineteenth century texts, modern texts, Shakespeare and anthology/unseen poetry from across the centuries to Grade 4 and 5 level students
COURSE DATE London Friday 5 April 2019
  • All teachers of Edexcel GCSE English Literature
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 10.45am: Successful teaching of Edexcel GCSE English Literature for students at Grade 4/5

  • The content, grading structure and the skills being assessed in the Edexcel GCSE and how that affects teaching students of this ability level
  • Feedback from summer 2018 Edexcel results: areas to focus upon when teaching students for the 2019 exams
  • Selecting the right texts to encourage student success
  • Maintaining progress for students at Grades 4 and 5 through excellent teaching of the texts and utilising the most appropriate resources
  • Assessment for learning and tracking in the classroom

10.45 – 11.30am: Teaching Shakespeare effectively to Grade 4/5 candidates for Edexcel English Literature

  • Explore where Grades 4 and 5 students struggle on the Edexcel content, including feedback from 2018
  • Strategies for ensuring student understanding of Shakespeare at Grades 4 and 5
  • Writing effectively about the extract: ideas and methods that boost student performance
  • Balancing extract and whole play teaching to ensure student understanding at this level

11.30 – 11.45am: Discussion: coffee break


11.45 – 12.45pm: Teaching the Nineteenth Century Prose text effectively to Grade 4/5 candidates

  • What Edexcel examiners are looking for and how to ensure your students produce that: exam technique that works for students at Grades 4 and 5
  • Teaching 19th Century fiction to less able students – how to keep them engaged and motivated
  • Dealing effectively with context, writer’s technique and personal viewpoint in analysing these texts – how to ensure understanding and success for mid-range students

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.45pm: Teaching the Poetry effectively to Grade 4/5 candidates

  • Dealing effectively with comparison, context and critical reading of the Edexcel poetry texts
  • Effectively teaching the unseen poetry element: strategies to get mid-range students prepared for the exam
  • Teaching and learning suggestions that ensure progress and meet the required standards

2.45 – 3.00pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.00 – 3.30pm: Modern Drama and Prose for Grade 4/5 candidates

  • The importance of dramatic/writer technique and embedding that understanding
  • Developing resources and strategies for teaching these texts to Grade 4 and 5 students
  • Feedback from 2018 – how to improve student answers for 2019
  • Examples of good practice and how to use them for student success

3.30 – 4.00pm: Final tips to secure a Grade 4/5 in Edexcel English Literature

  • Developing the skills and assessing abilities at Key Stage 3
  • Ensuring students are working to the correct standard for Edexcel GCSE English Literature throughout the course
  • Using the Edexcel specification to ensure student understanding and independent learning
  • Resources and strategies for two and three year courses which create genuine progress
  • Final teaching ahead of the exams – expert advice on what to do and when for less able students

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. He is also part of the accreditation panels for a Regulator in English. As a consultant he is widely involved in a range of activities, including the training of teachers in the new specifications both in training courses and with individual Departments. 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 an Associate University Lecturer in English. At the present time he is heavily involved in supporting teachers in the new English qualifications leading to the first assessments in 2017.

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