Ensuring a ‘pass’ through the re-sit is very challenging for students who have not achieved this first time around. 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 engaging, inspiring and enthusing learners who have already struggled with GCSE English, with a range of practical examples to help them to achieve that pass grade.


  • Develop resources and strategies for planning schemes of work in the AQA English Language GCSE for the more mature student
  • Explore ideas for teaching comparison, context, writer’s purpose and personal interpretation to re-sit students
  • Increase your understanding of the different forms of assessment available in the classroom to reinforce these skills
  • Develop techniques to motivate, enthuse and encourage disengaged or struggling students
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


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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10.00 – 10.30 am
The challenges of GCSE English Language for the re-sit student          

  • Feedback from 2019: what prevented students reaching Grade 4
  • What the latest exams and practice tells us about the different types of re-sit students
  • Dealing with motivation and lack of confidence from the start

10.30 –11.15 am
Teaching English Language effectively

  • Different forms of assessment to use in the classroom – how to encourage re-sit students
  • Starting where the students are: building on what they can do, to improve performance
  • Effectively teaching non-fiction and fiction texts from a range of centuries: how to get students to Grade 4 level
  • Teaching exam technique for 4 and 8 mark questions: getting students to pick up marks throughout the papers

11.15- 11.30am
Discussion and coffee break

Teaching approaches for Writer’s Technique, Comparison and Personal Interpretation

  • Effectively teaching writer’s technique – why re-sit students struggle and what we can do to help
  • Strengthening areas of weakness and building confidence
  • Comparison of non-fiction texts and the secrets of success with re-sit students
  • How to get your students to evaluate and interpret texts effectively
  • Sharing exemplar materials showing good practice

12.45pm –1.45 pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45pm – 3.00pm
Teaching the writing skills effectively  

  • Teaching ideas for Creative and Descriptive writing for less able mature students
  • The importance of SPaG and helping them gain easy marks
  • Dealing with the 20 and 40 mark questions – instilling confidence and picking up marks
  • Using exemplars to boost performance: exploring mid-range example answers

3.00pm –3.10pm
Discussion, afternoon tea

3.10pm-3.55 pm
Structuring the GCSE English Language course over a re-sit year

  • Building a skills foundation in English Language
  • Developing resources and strategies for the year: what we have learned about re-sit students and meeting their needs
  • Approaching the assessments: examiner tips and how to ensure key marks are not missed in exams
  • Examples of good practice to take away
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