Successfully Teaching Post-16 GCSE English Language in One Year


Achieving a grade 4 or better in GCSE English is vitally important. Very often, it’s the stepping stone to wider employment and educational opportunities. However, many students find it difficult to make the grade and often lose confidence and motivation. Engaging and teaching such students presents particular challenges. Ensuring that they succeed requires subject knowledge, familiarity with the requirements of the exam, and a broad repertoire of strategies fit for the purpose.

Westminster Briefing and The National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) have devised this one day course – ideal for both the specialist and non-specialist teacher of English - to take you through the whole process of choosing the appropriate specification, planning the course and teaching the lessons.

The course will empower you to teach with enjoyment and enthusiasm; equipping you to prepare your learners with what they need to succeed.

Course Leader:

  • Paul Clayton, Director, The National Association for the Teaching of English

Key Topics to be covered:

  • Why do some learners find it difficult to attain grade 4?
  • Detailed explanation and illustration of the key requirements for grade 4
  • Choosing the right exam board and planning the course 
  • Differences between the boards – specifications and papers
  • Planning to ensure effective use of teaching time
  • Reading skills
  • Strategies to address the challenges of reading in papers 1 and 2
  • Writing Skills - writing creatively and writing non-fiction
  • Fit for purpose formative assessment
  • Tracking and monitoring
  • Interventions – active and passive


Further details on the agenda here.

Delegates will be part of a small group and receive collective and individual tuition throughout the day. This is a practical training course that will help you teach Post-16 GCSE English Language.

Booking Information:

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

If you wish to book a large group or have any questions please contact us using the details above.

Thursday 18th January 2018

9.40am - 4.15pm each day (including lunch and refreshments)

1 Place: £225 | 2+ Places: £175 each (excl. VAT)

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

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