This NEW course will provide you will proven teaching and learning strategies and expert examination advice to ensure that students working at Grades 4 and 5 of the Edexcel GCSE in English Language achieve these crucial grades. The course provides substantial coverage of a range of skills that students will need and takes a close look at the lessons which can be learnt from the 2018 examinations. Our expert trainer will confirm the standard to which students need to work to ensure success in their GCSE and provide teaching ideas to ensure ongoing student progress and motivation. Looking closely at the assessment and specification content, it provides high level guidance for exam technique which will help mid-range students to succeed.


  • Develop resources and strategies for planning schemes of work in the Edexcel English Language GCSE
  • Gain a deep understanding of the standards set by the exam board for Grades 4 and 5 and what students need to do to reach them
  • Expert ideas for teaching comparison, context, writer’s purpose and personal interpretation to Grade 4/5 students to ensure their success in the exams
  • Reinforce your skills of teaching the different forms of assessment in the exams, through feedback from 2018 and ideas to encourage independent learning
  • Take away ideas and suggestions for teaching writing styles and a range of non- fiction texts and literary texts from across the centuries to Grade 4/5 students
COURSE DATE London Tuesday 02 April 2019
  • All teachers of Edexcel GCSE English Language
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 – 10.30am: Edexcel GCSE English Language: ensuring students are working to the right standards

  • Feedback from the 2018 Feedback from the 2018 Edexcel examinations and the specific issues around the 4/5 Grade students
  • An exploration of the content and skills being assessed in Edexcel GCSE English Language and how this affects our teaching of mid-range students
  • Discuss the range of texts that need to be taught and resources available to teachers for the Edexcel specification and how to best approach these for success
  • How teachers can utilise exam feedback to strengthen their results with students at Grades 4 and 5
  • Increase your understanding of different forms of assessment to use in the classroom and which are most appropriate for ensuring student success at Grades 4 and 5 with Edexcel

10.30 – 11.15am: Teaching Edexcel GCSE English Language effectively to Grade 4 and 5 students

  • Effectively teaching non-fiction and fiction texts from a range of centuries: strategies to ensure mid-range student engagement
  • Maintaining student progress – how to stop Grade 4 / 5 students from slipping
  • Reviewing short answer questions: how to teach these to mid-range students to ensure success in the exams

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.45pm: Writer’s Technique, Comparison and Personal Interpretation

  • What is required of Grade 4 and 5 students for Edexcel – understanding the standard, post summer 2018 results, using exemplar materials that show good practice
  • Teaching writer’s technique – language and structure and how to ensure understanding by the less able
  • Comparison of non-fiction texts and the secrets of success
  • How to get your students to evaluate and interpret texts effectively: encouraging personal evaluation from mid-range students

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 3.00pm: Teaching the writing skills effectively to Grade 4/5 students

  • What Edexcel examiners are looking for in the writing tasks, with exemplars
  • Teaching Creative and Descriptive writing to mid-range students so that they make progress
  • Approaching persuasive and transactional writing in the classroom
  • The importance of SPaG, how to bring this into your teaching and how to improve student engagement with this

3.00 – 3.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.15 – 4.00pm: Structuring your Eduqas GCSE English Language course to ensure mid-range students succeed

  • Building a skills foundation at KS3 in English
  • Developing resources and strategies for structuring the course to ensure ongoing student progress
  • Maintaining student resilience
  • GCSE courses in English Language over two or three years
  • Approaching linear assessments and keeping students on track, with Examiner Tips

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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