This course is designed for all teachers teaching the AQA English GCSE specifications for the first time. The day will give delegates tips, realistic practical advice and guidance and ideas on how to deliver the two courses with minimum stress whilst maintaining student achievement. Join English expert Paul as he explores the key challenges of both specifications and information that all teachers need to know from the 2019 assessments, to help develop your teaching for 2020 and beyond.


  • Take away a full pack of resources and strategies for teaching
  • Gain top teaching tips and realistic advice for the teaching of students of all abilities
  • Increase your understanding of the different forms of assessment available in the classroom to reinforce these skills
  • Take away ideas and suggestions on how to teach the two courses effectively and alongside one another.
  • Enjoy an opportunity to share examples of student work of different standards
COURSE DATE London | Monday 4 November 2019

London | Wednesday 22 January 2020

  • New AQA GCSE English Language and Literature teachers
  • Heads of English
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 – 11.15 am
The challenges of teaching AQA English Language and English Literature       

  • Summary of the two specifications in terms of content and structure: key features and challenges
  • Explaining the assessment objectives and the skills being assessed in each
  • Making sure you teach to the right standard from the start
  • The different styles of questions in the exams and how these can be prepared for in the classroom.

11.15- 11.30am
Discussion and coffee break

11.30 –12.45 pm
Teaching AQA English Language effectively

  • Teaching non-fiction and fiction texts from a range of centuries effectively
  • Dealing effectively with comparison, context, writer’s technique and personal viewpoint when analysing texts in the classroom
  • Approaches for teaching a range of writing skills in preparation for the exam
  • How to know to what extent your students are writing effectively

12.45pm –1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 pm – 2.45pm
Teaching AQA English Literature effectively  

  • Choosing the right texts for English Literature: how and when to teach them?
  • Dealing with comparison, context and critical reading of literature texts.
  • Effectively teaching the extract based questions and the unseen poetry element

2.45pm –3.00pm
Discussion, afternoon tea

3.00pm – 4.00pm
Structuring the GCSE English courses to bring success

  • How to build a skills foundation at KS3 in English
  • Differentiation in your teaching at GCSE level
  • What is the best way to structure the English Language and English Literature courses?
  • Preparing students for the final assessments with Examiner Tips
  • Discuss examples of good practice in the classroom
  • Where appropriate and successful resources for the classroom can be found.

4.00 pm

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.

As a consultant, he is widely involved in a range of activities, including the training of teachers and students in English specifications both in training courses and within individual schools. 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 the Chief Examiner for IB English Literature.

AQA GCSE English