This NEW course is has been designed in the light of the 2018 examinations and is aimed at teachers looking to strengthen outcomes for their students with target Grades of 7 to 9 in Edexcel GCSE English Literature. The course will provide excellent strategies for ensuring exam answers are strong and that high ability students maintain their motivation throughout the teaching of their GCSE, whilst examining ways to encourage high level thinking and study.


  • Consider feedback from the 2018 Edexcel examinations and how to apply this information to your teaching
  • Review areas where students at Grades 7 to 9 can strengthen their skills
  • Explore the relevant English Literature higher order skills students need to access the top grades
  • Take away teaching ideas and strategies for Edexcel GCSE English Literature that ensure progress for high attaining students
  • Consider example answers that demonstrate what students need to do to succeed in their GCSE exams at Grades 7 to 9
COURSE DATE In-school only
  • 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 – 11.00am: Feedback on the 2018 Edexcel GCSE English Literature exams

  • Explore the crucial information from the 2018 examinations with regards to the performance of students at Grades 7 to 9
  • Review the differentiators between Grades 7 to 9 and how to explore this with students
  • Consider how to integrate the exam board messages into your teaching and student learning and revision

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.15pm: Teaching for Grades 7 to 9 on Component 1

  • Techniques and methods to encourage high level thinking and responses on Shakespeare
  • Ensuring students are meeting the Edexcel standard in responses and providing motivating feedback
  • Skills for excellence when studying plays
  • What students aiming for top grades need to know and do when studying the post-1914 British play
  • Modern texts – teaching methods and ideas to ensure that students’ comprehension and critical evaluation skills are taught to the highest levels

12.15 – 1.15pm: Component 2 and ensuring high level responses

  • Excellent ways to teach context so that students can flourish on 19th century texts and poetry since 1789
  • Developing excellence in responding to 19th century texts
  • Encouraging students to develop high level critical thinking when reading poetry
  • Methods that work for maintaining student progress in Literary understanding and exam technique
  • Making sure students meet the specific demands of the Edexcel exams – the importance of the assessment objectives and precise exam technique

1.15 – 2.15pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.15 – 3.15pm: Teaching and encouraging higher level skills for progress and exam success

  • Assessment for learning and maintaining progress
  • Extending the higher order English Literature skills including analysis, evaluation, essay writing and synthesis
  • Encouraging relevant independent reading to extend student understanding and exam performance

3.15 – 3.45pm: Next steps, planning and networking

  • How to ensure your students stay on track – motivation, mindfulness and resilience
  • Maintaining high grade skills throughout revision
  • Networking opportunity and ideas sharing

3.45pm: Final questions

Joanna Kimbell

As a senior examiner and moderator for both Edexcel and AQA, Joanna has extensive knowledge and understanding of what is required for students to achieve at all levels across all key stages. Joanna’s expertise and experience of examining means she is able to aid departments in structuring challenging and interesting courses that will provide the appropriate stretch – and support – to enable candidates to access the demands of the new specifications.

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