Structuring Essays and Writing Under Pressure – The Teacher’s Guide

Online | Thursday 8th July 2021

TIME: 4 – 6pm

CODE: 8485


Dr Rachel Knightley’s teachers’ seminar is designed to build confidence and clarify what a well-structured written answer needs, across the Eduqas English syllabuses. Set clear objectives and improve results, both in theory and under pressure. This two-hour course will provide strong, accessible templates to build student confidence in how to address questions and how to structure clear, effective answers, both in the classroom and the exam room.


  • Equip your students with a strong template of questions to ask and address in written answers, in coursework and under examination conditions.
  • Build confidence on the page with strong, clear and focused written answers.
  • Explore and express individual responses to set texts, key words in set questions.
  • Consolidate your knowledge of advanced exam technique, to ensure students maximise their potential.
  • English Teachers
  • Heads of Department
  • Teachers responsible for Arts
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

4.00pm  – 4.45pm: Strengthening the Foundations: Structuring Essays for Success

 Identify and address the three key sections of essay templates and how they interrelate: introduction, topic paragraphs, conclusion, and how to illustrate a logical, developing argument.

  • Explore ‘small, big changes’ for instantly clarifying a paragraph through sentence control.
  • Deepen responses through ‘What then Why’ templates.

4.45pm – 4.55pm: Break

4.55pm – 5.30pm: Balancing information and analysis

  • Identify and address key issues that affect students’ written work.
  • Explore talking exercises to develop arguments in the classroom and translate them to the page.
  • Utilising topic sentences: how to map out a successful essay in the classroom and replicate the key structural ingredients in the exam room.

 5.30pm – 6.00pm: Good Writing under Exam Pressure

  • Clarify the key points to remember for writing in exam conditions.
  • Making friends with the question: how to help students recognise when they are tempted to stray from the question being asked and how to turn their answer around.
  • Turning initial ideas into great paragraphs: tips, techniques and writing prompts to help the work “write itself” faster and better.

6pm: Session ends

Dr Rachel Knightley

Dr Rachel Knightley is the author of Your Creative Writing Toolkit, Illuminate Publishing’s GCSE Drama Study and Revision Guide and of various short stories. Her first full collection of short stories will be published in 2021. She is a former senior tutor of the Questors Youth Theatre and was resident speech and drama teacher at Heathfield GDST School until 2013. Rachel now teaches English Language and Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies, Public Speaking and LAMDA Exams privately from her base in southwest London and online.