Level 5 GCSE English – Session 4

Using Assessment Approaches to Support GCSE English Language Learning


This session explores the importance of initial and diagnostic assessment to enable practitioners to build on the knowledge and understanding that learners already have and adapt teaching to accommodate individual learning needs. 

Session Outcomes

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Analyse approaches to initial and diagnostic assessment for GCSE English (2.1)
  • Identify ways of recording learners’ starting points and tracking progress (2.1)
  • Actively involve learners in the process of assessment and target setting (2.2)
  • Plan learning to meet the individual needs of learners, including SEND accessibility/ inclusion (3.2)
  • Support learners to analyse literary texts (4.2)
  • Support learners to write creatively (4.6)

Session 4 PowerPoint slides

Here is Claire’s facilitator PowerPoint presentation for session 4:

Session Padlet

Here is the Padlet for this session.

Post-session tasks to finish off this session

  • Ensure your PDPs are up to date, referring to sections 2.1,2.2,3.2,4.2 and 4.6 in the light of session 4
  • S4 HO6 Creative writing task – take a look and consider how this could be used to assess your learners against AOs 5 and 6 and add notes to HO2 GCSE assessment Objectives

Activities to prepare for the next session

  • Go to the Padlet here: https://padlet.com/c_collins2/L5EngblendedDay3 
  • Read S5 R1 ETF New Approaches to Assessment and Tracking in Maths and English
  • Read S5 R2 Guardian article on feedback
  • Make notes about the ideas and suggestions in both of these sources and how these relate to your teaching of GCSE English. Be prepared to feedback in the next session.
  • Watch YouTube Teacher discussion clip about speaking and listening (from 3:47 to 6:16)
  • Read S6 R1 EEF Metacognition and self-regulated learning report.
    Make notes on the key points and implications for teaching GCSE English.

All course materials were developed as part of an ETF programme by ccConsultancy and they both should be acknowledged if any material is used on other projects.