Online | Thursday 22 April 2021
Online | Tuesday 22 June 2021

TIME: 1.30-5.00pm 

CODE: 8394


The GCSE EDUQAS English Language exam requires a substantial coverage of a range of skills to ensure a Grade 4-5 is achieved. This course will look at the most challenging aspects of the specifications for students working at that level such as the understanding of how language is used to achieve effects and the range of evidence and interaction that is needed with a text to achieve a grade 4-5. You will have the opportunity to discuss approaches to teaching writing, identifying the levels of detail and control, and the awareness of register, audience and purpose needed to support the student looking to achieve a Grade 4-5.  You will also have the chance to consider a range of strategies that you could use to improve the technical accuracy of your students’ work.


  • Take away resources and strategies for improving the levels of Grade 4-5 students
  • Gain new approaches and methods on how to teach comparison, context, writer’s purpose and personal interpretation and a range of other skills more effectively
  • Develop techniques to support lower ability students in the different styles of writing and to ensure writing with impact and originality and with reasonable degrees of accuracy
  • Increase your understanding of the different forms of assessment available in the classroom for the lower ability student and how to reinforce these skills
  • Take away ideas and suggestions for teaching effectively a range of non-fiction texts and literary texts from across the centuries
  • All teachers of Eduqas GCSE English Literature
  • Heads of Department and those with responsibilities for GCSE English Literature
  • Senior leadership with responsibility for English
  • Lead Teachers of English
  • Senior Leaders responsible for improving teaching and learning
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


1.30 – 2.00 pm:    The challenges of Eduqas GCSE English Language for Grade 4-5 students  

  • Understanding the content of the Eduqas GCSE English Language
  • Key challenges of Eduqas GCSE English Language for Grade 4-5 students
  • Looking over the most recent relevant exam sessions, analysing examiners reports and examiner insights: what were the key strengths of Grade 4 and 5 students
  • What areas of the examinations are particularly challenging to the lower ability students?
  • Example answers: what differentiates Grade 3, 4 and 5 students? 

2.00 – 2.45 pm: Teaching the unseen texts in Paper 1 and 2 for Grades 4-5

  • Challenges for the lower ability student on Papers 1 and 2
  • Effectively teaching non-fiction and fiction texts from a range of centuries
  • Explore the short answer questions on both papers: how to integrate these into your teaching to maintain pace and motivation 

2.45 – 3.30 pm: The importance of writer’s technique, comparison and personal interpretation      across the two language papers

  • Ways to teach these effectively to lower ability students
  • Effectively teaching writer’s technique – language and structure for Grades 4-5
  • Comparison of non-fiction texts
  • The secrets of success in terms of structure and content for the lower ability student
  • Question 4: How to get your lower ability students to evaluate and interpret texts effectively
  • Analysing exemplar materials showing good practice 

3.30 – 3.45 pm:  Assessment for Learning for Eduqas

  • Assessment for Learning – Varying commentary practice to assists struggling students – formative feedback that inspires and motivates grade 4 and 5 students to achieve their potential
  • Different forms of assessment and how these can be used with the lower ability student

3.45 – 4.00pm: Break

4.00 – 4.30 pm: Teaching the writing skills effectively for Grade 4-5 students

  • New techniques for teaching Creative and Descriptive writing to mid-range students
  • Approaching persuasive and transactional writing in the classroom. How to support lower ability students in preparation for these tasks
  • Practical approaches to improving SPaG; bringing this into your teaching in an interesting and stimulating way
  • What examiners are looking for in the writing tasks, to achieve a Grade 4-5, with exemplars of responses to fiction and non-fiction texts, creative writing and transactional writing tasks 

4.30 – 5.00 pm   Structuring the GCSE English Language course to achieve a Grade 4-5

  • How to build a skills foundation at KS3 in English to support a mid-ability student
  • Approaching the linear assessments to achieve the Grade 4 or 5 with Examiner Tips
  • Networking opportunity and ideas for excellent teaching and learning
  • Questions

5.00pm: End

Owen Jermy

Owen Jermy is a highly experienced English teacher, with 25 years as a Head of English in 3 schools in different parts of the country and has taught Eduqas GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature for more than 20 years. He was an Assistant Head teacher with responsibility for Teaching and Learning. He is a team leader and senior examiner for GCSE English Literature. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered College for Teaching (FCCT) and as an authority writes on a range of educational issues.