The GCSE in English Language for OCR requires a substantial coverage of a range of skills to ensure that students achieve the key grades of 4 and 5. This NEW course will look at the most challenging aspects of the specification and how they can be taught effectively in the classroom with a series of practical examples to help students achieve these vital grades. The course uses feedback from the 2018 examinations to confirm the OCR GCSE standards and explore carefully how to make sure that your students can reach those standards throughout the course and in their final assessments.


  • Develop resources and strategies for teaching the OCR English Language GCSE to mid-range students
  • Look closely at Grades 4 and 5 and the standards required for each to ensure that teaching and learning is at the correct standard throughout the course
  • Gain an understanding on how to teach comparison, context, writer’s purpose and personal interpretation and a range of other skills more effectively to Grade 4/5 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 and literary texts from across the centuries to Grade 4/5 students
COURSE DATE London Thursday 28 March 2019
  • All teachers of 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 – 10.30am: The challenges of OCR GCSE English Language, with feedback from 2018

  • Feedback from the 2018 OCR examinations and the specific issues around the 4/5 Grade students
  • Utilising OCR’s exam feedback to strengthen teaching and student results at Grades 4 and 5
  • Explore strategies for teaching the more challenging content of the OCR specification to less able students
  • Teaching exam technique in the classroom for success at Grades 4 and 5

10.30 – 11.15am: Teaching OCR GCSE English Language effectively to Grade 4 and 5 students

  • What are OCR examiners looking for and how to develop those skills in your students
  • Effectively teaching non-fiction and fiction texts from a range of centuries
  • Take away ideas and suggestions for teaching these texts so as to maintain student progress
  • Teaching OCR short answer questions to mid-range students to ensure final success

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.45pm: Writer’s Technique, Comparison and Personal Interpretation and how to teach these effectively to Grade 4 and 5 students

  • What is required of Grade 4 and 5 students in the OCR specification – understanding the standard, with feedback from summer 2018 and example answers
  • Effectively teaching writer’s technique to meet the OCR requirements – language and structure and how to ensure understanding by the less able
  • Comparison of non-fiction texts and the secrets of success when teaching to Grades 4 and 5
  • How to get your students to evaluate and interpret texts effectively

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 3.00pm: Teaching the writing skills effectively to Grade 4/5 students

  • Teaching Creative and Descriptive writing to mid-range students so that they make progress
  • Persuasive and transactional writing in the classroom: methods that work
  • How to encourage and ensure excellent SPG with mid-range students
  • What OCR examiners are looking for in the writing tasks, with exemplars

3.00 – 3.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.15 – 4.00pm: Structuring your OCR GCSE English Language course to ensure mid-range students succeed

  • How to build a skills foundation at KS3 in English
  • Developing resources and strategies for structuring the GCSE courses in English Language over two or three years
  • Approaching linear assessments: keeping students on track and motivated for success, with Examiner Tips
  • Sharing 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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