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 Eduqas GCSE English Language specification into challenging lessons which allow students to succeed at the highest level in the final examinations.


  • Discuss approaches to the strategic planning and delivery of the Eduqas GCSE English Language specification
  • Review feedback on the 2019 Eduqas examinations and how to use this to boost the skills of students aiming at Grades 7 to 9
  • Explore relevant English Language higher order skills which students need in order to access the top grades
  • Consider exemplar answers in relation to the Level 4 assessment criteria
  • Take away teaching strategies to support the advanced delivery of GCSE English Language
COURSE DATE In-School only
  • All teachers of Eduqas 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 – 11.00am: Approaches to the strategic planning and delivery of the Eduqas GCSE English Language specification

  • Feedback from 2019 Eduqas GCSE English Language: key areas where high level students did well and missed out on marks
  • How to utilise this information in your course planning
  • Strategies to strengthen high end performance in English teaching and the examinations

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.15pm: The Eduqas GCSE English Language higher order skills

  • Examination of the key skills required for students to achieve Grades 7 to 9
  • Teaching English Language skills for higher order performance – encouraging excellent understanding in the classroom
  • Explore strategies and ideas for teaching the most complex skills
  • Develop teaching methods for extending the higher order English Language skills including analysis, evaluation, synthesis and assured crafting of writing

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

  • Ensuring high performance: why students should understand the Assessment Objectives
  • Applying the Assessment Objectives and specification content to a range of answers marked within the ‘Level 4’ assessment criteria
  • Examining the differentiating factors in work between these Grades

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.30pm: Assessment for Learning and excellent exam technique for Eduqas exams

  • Assessment for Learning – formative assessment and feedback that inspires and motivates excellent students
  • An in-depth consideration of the subjective nature of GCSE English Language and what problems this poses when applying a universal mark scheme, with strategies for how to teach excellent exam technique for Grades 7 to 9 students
  • How to engage students of the highest ability levels whilst also ensuring that they are ‘exam ready’

3.30 – 3.45pm: Plenary and final advice

  • Implementing ideas across your department for excellent teaching and lessons
  • How to ensure your Eduqas Grades 7 to 9 students maintain progress and meet their target grades
  • Networking opportunity and ideas for excellent teaching and learning

3.45pm: An opportunity for any 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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