Online | Thursday 22 April 2021
Online | Tuesday 15 June 2021

TIME: 1.30-5.00pm 

CODE: 8391


This course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades 7-9 in future Pearson GCSE English Literature examinations.  Led by our experienced expert presenter Jo Fox, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher level skills. Using feedback from past examinations with the 9-1 specification, the course will explore what is expected of high ability students and outline ways to build your teaching practice around this.


  • Focused on identifying the demands of the grades 7-9 Pearson GCSE English Literature examinations and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively for these
  • Detailed analysis of the demands of different questions across the two Pearson GCSE English Literature examinations papers
  • Mark schemes, examiners’ reports and sample answers at Grades 7-9 Pearson GCSE English Literature examinations will be analysed
  • Materials will be provided to help teachers to cover the content in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students
  • Gain an in depth understanding of Key Issues students struggle with when trying to obtain grades 7-9 in Pearson GCSE English Literature examinations with advice from an experienced examiner.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? All teachers of Pearson GCSE English Literature, Teachers of English Literature, Heads of English, English NQTs and teachers of SEN students in English Literature.
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • You will receive a specially prepared file electronically containing detailed notes, and teaching materials and resources which will be of immediate practical benefit in the classroom.
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

1.00:00 – 2:30pm
Grades 7-9: what do they involve?

  • Key behaviours of Grade 7-9 students: what marks out a top GCSE Literature student?
  • How can we design schemes of work to encourage these?
  • Feedback and grading analysis from past papers: what standards are top students expected to meet?
  • Analysis of mark schemes and examiners’ reports: which questions/text choices differentiate the most?
  • Key challenges of obtaining grades 7-9 in Pearson GCSE English Literature Examinations.

2:30 – 3.15pm
Teaching Literature: key challenges for Grade 7-9 students

Component 1 – Shakespeare and Post-1914 text

  • Creative approaches to learning, revising and testing students on key texts
  • Using the assessment objectives to support student understanding of the requirements of the tasks
  • Pushing beyond the GCSE literature syllabus: extension ideas

3:15 – 4:00pm
Teaching literature: stretching and challenging able students

Component 2 – 19th Century Novel

  • The value (and pitfalls) of context – using who?/what?/when?/why? questions to stimulate thinking
  • Reading set texts in nuanced ways – different approaches to discussing and writing about ‘style’
  • Activities to encourage personal responses to texts – provoking debates and structuring an effective response

4:00 – 4.30pm
Literature exams: tactics for planning and writing essays

Component 2 – Anthology and Unseen Poetry

  • Detailed analysis of the different question styles
  • Focus on the essays: what does a grade 7-9 candidate need to do?
  • Activities for the classroom to stretch the most able
  • Creating opportunities for students to practise essay writing and improving

4:30 – 5:00pm Revision tips, plenary discussion and questions

  • Revision tips to ensure top level students succeed in the exams

Jo Fox

Jo Fox is an English Teacher with 20 years’ experience teaching GCSE English Language and Literature. As a senior leader she has led on developing and improving the quality of teaching and learning in a range of schools, supporting staff to develop both subject knowledge and pedagogical approaches most likely to lead to improved outcomes. As a Team Leader for a one of the major exam boards, she has experience of leading a team of markers in carrying out their duties, ensuring that the highest performing students are appropriately rewarded for their work.  She has taught the Pearson English Literature (9-1) since its introduction.