This NEW course is specifically designed for those seeking to support their students in reaching grades 7-9. Our expert trainer will show you how to turn the AQA GCSE English Literature specification into challenging lessons which allow students to succeed at the highest level in the final examinations.


  • Obtain methods and approaches for the strategic planning and delivery of the AQA GCSE English Literature specification for students aiming for Grades 7 to 9
  • Explore the relevant English Literature higher order skills students need to access the top grades
  • Gain extensive knowledge of the English Literature assessment objectives and why these are crucial for high level success
  • Consider exemplar answers in relation to the Level 4 assessment criteria
  • Take away teaching strategies to support the advanced delivery of AQA GCSE English Literature
COURSE DATES Manchester Friday 16 November 2018
London Monday 10 December 2018
London Monday 28 January 2019
  • All teachers of AQA 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 – 11.00am: Approaches to the strategic planning and delivery of the AQA GCSE English Literature specification

We begin with an exploration of the bigger picture: how is AQA GCSE English Literature planned and delivered in your school to high ability learners? We will then move on to undertake an in-depth scrutiny of the most recent examiner’s report along with other key documents in order to consider ‘areas of concern’ for those at the ‘top end’, including particular areas of the specification and assessments which can cause students to miss out on marks. How can the key messages re-direct the strategic planning, teaching and learning within our schools and departments?


11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.15pm: The AQA GCSE English Literature higher order skills

Exploration of higher order reading and writing skills students need to acquire and develop in order to achieve Grades 7-9

  • Are some more critical than others?
  • How do I teach them to the ‘top end’?
  • In what order should I teach them?
  • Should I teach them in parallel with the similar assessment objectives for AQA GCSE English Language?

12.15 – 1.00pm: Applying the Assessment Objectives at the ‘top end’

  • Applying the Assessment Objectives and specification content to a range of answers marked within the ‘level 4’ assessment criteria
  • An in-depth consideration of the subjective nature of GCSE English Literature and what problems this poses when applying a universal mark scheme
  • Strategies for how to teach good exam technique for students aiming for Grades 7 to 9

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.30pm: How it should look in the classroom

A ‘theory-free’ session that looks purely from the teacher’s point of view at how to plan and deliver interesting and inspiring opportunities related to sections A and B of both papers

  • Explore ways of extending the higher order English Literature skills including analysis, evaluation, essay writing and synthesis
  • How to engage students aiming for Grades 7 to 9, whilst also ensuring that they are ‘exam ready’

3.30 – 3.45pm: Next steps, planning and networking

  • What to do after you leave today to implement these ideas immediately
  • How to ensure your students stay on track – motivation, independent learning and resilience
  • Networking opportunity and ideas

3.45pm: Final questions

Rebecca Geoghegan

Rebecca is a secondary English teacher with 15 years experience of teaching KS3, GCSE and A Level. Now an AST, Lead Practitioner and SLE, Rebecca is the Eastern Region Leader for Literacy and English for the UK’s largest academies sponsor. In her current role Rebecca regularly teaches, assesses, moderates and advises in primary, secondary and special academies. Rebecca has regularly presented courses for the SSAT, currently moderates SSAT Lead Practitioner applications and has assessed AQA GCSE English Language examination papers.

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