The GCSE in English Language requires a substantial coverage of a range of skills to ensure a pass is achieved. Ensuring a pass through the resit is very challenging for students who have not achieved this first time around and may be disaffected or lacking in motivation. Teaching at this stage will require focus on the skills needed to impress the examiner. This course will look at the most challenging aspects of the specifications and how they can be taught effectively in the classroom with a range of ideas for inspiring and enthusing learners resitting this qualification, alongside a range of practical examples to achieve that pass grade.

This course would benefit all teachers of GCSE from all boards including Heads of Department, teachers of English, newly qualified teachers and teachers of SEN students. Teachers attending this course will be fully equipped to teach this course with strategies to encourage learning and final success.


  • Develop resources and strategies for planning schemes of work in the English Language GCSE for the more mature student
  • Understand more the new grading structure and the standards required for each of the new grades and performance descriptors for GCSE (9-1)
  • Gain an understanding on how to teach comparison, context, writer’s purpose and personal interpretation and a range of other skills more effectively to resit students
  • Increase your understanding of the different forms of assessment available in the classroom 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 to resit students
  • Develop techniques for teaching the different styles of writing
  • Enjoy an opportunity to share examples of good practice effectively in the classroom
COURSE DATE London Tuesday 19 March 2019
Manchester Wednesday 3 April 2019
  • All teachers of GCSE English Language who have resit students, Heads of English, English NQT and teachers of SEN students in English.
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: The challenges of GCSE English Language for resit students

  • How to deal effectively with and engage resit students in GCSE English Language
  • Explaining the content, grading structure and the skills being assessed in GCSE English Language
  • Feedback from previous 2018 and areas of learner weakness especially those around the 4/5 boundary
  • Discussing the range of texts that need to be taught and resources available to teachers
  • Increase your understanding of the different forms of assessment to use in the classroom with resit students

10.30 – 11.15am: Teaching English Language effectively to resit students

  • Effectively teaching non-fiction and fiction texts from a range of centuries: issues to be aware of when teaching resit students
  • Develop ideas and strategies for teaching these texts effectively
  • Examine short answer questions and how to teach these to ensure success in the resits

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.45pm: The importance of Writer’s Technique, Comparison and Personal Interpretation and how to focus on these with resit students

  • Effectively teaching writer’s technique – language and structure
  • Strengthening areas of weakness and building confidence in this area
  • Comparison of non- fiction texts and the secrets of success
  • How to get your students to evaluate and interpret texts effectively
  • Sharing exemplar materials showing good practice and how to use these with resit students to encourage achievement

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 3.00pm: Teaching the writing skills effectively to resit students

  • Teaching Creative and Descriptive writing effectively
  • Approaching persuasive and transactional writing in the classroom
  • The importance of SPaG and how to bring this into your teaching with less successful learners
  • What examiners are looking for in the writing tasks, with exemplars

3.00 – 3.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.15 – 4.00pm: Structuring the GCSE English Language course over a resit year to bring a pass and to engage learners

  • How to build a skills foundation in English Language
  • Developing resources and strategies for structuring the GCSE courses in English Language over the year
  • Approaching the linear assessments with Examiner Tips and how to ensure key marks are not missed in exams
  • Share examples of good practice in the classroom

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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