This NEW course is has been designed in the light of the 2018 examinations and is aimed at teachers looking to strengthen outcomes for their students with target Grades of 7 to 9 in OCR GCSE English Literature. The course will consider the OCR standards and provide teaching methods and techniques which will ensure progress for those aiming for the highest GCSE grades. It will also provide excellent strategies for ensuring exam answers are strong and that students maintain their motivation throughout the teaching of their GCSE.


  • Consider feedback from the2018 OCR examinations and how to apply this information to your teaching
  • Explore the relevant English Literature higher order skills students need to access the top grades
  • Obtain methods and approaches for the strategic planning and delivery of the OCR GCSE English Literature specification for students aiming for Grades 7 to 9
  • Take away teaching ideas for OCR GCSE English Literature that ensure progress for high attaining students
  • Consider example answers that demonstrate what students need to do to succeed in their GCSE exams
COURSE DATE In-school only
  • All teachers of OCR GCSE English Literature
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: Feedback on the 2018 OCR GCSE English Literature exams

  • Explore the crucial information from the 2018 examinations with regards to the performance of students at Grades 7 to 9
  • Examine the confirmed standard at these grades and how to ensure students do not slip below it
  • Review the differentiators between Grades 7 to 9 and how to explore this with students

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.15pm: Applying the Assessment Objectives at the ‘top end’

  • Examine the significance of the Assessment Objectives and specification content to teaching students at the top end and encouraging independent learning
  • Strategies for how to teach good exam technique for students aiming for Grades 7 to 9
  • The OCR subject content – areas where high end students miss out on marks and how to avoid this
  • Looking at 19th Century texts: the challenges for high ability students and successful methods for maintaining motivation and understanding

12.15 – 1.00pm: OCR Paper 1

  • Assessment for learning and maintaining progress
  • Extending the higher order English Literature skills including analysis, evaluation, essay writing and synthesis
  • Modern texts – teaching methods and ideas to ensure that students’ comprehension and critical evaluation skills are taught to the highest levels
  • Encouraging relevant independent reading to extend student understanding and exam performance

1.15 – 2.15pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.15 – 3.15pm: OCR Paper 2

  • Grade 7 to 9 performance on OCR poetry – what it looks like and developing those skills further
  • Where top level students err when answering poetry questions
  • Encouraging appropriate and excellent personal responses to poetry
  • Teaching Shakespeare for high grades: ways to ensure high level thinking and understanding
  • Key examination technique when answering OCR questions on Shakespeare

3.15 – 3.45pm: Next steps, planning and networking

  • How to ensure your students stay on track – motivation, mindfulness and resilience
  • Maintaining high grade skills throughout revision
  • Networking opportunity and ideas sharing

3.45pm: 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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