Level 5 GCSE English – Session 6

Improving learning in GCSE English (1)


This session will explore how we support GCSE learners to read and write non-fiction.  GCSE expects students to engage with ‘literary’ non-fiction – to read and analyse what are seen as ‘weightier’ texts. The session will, therefore, consider different ways of supporting learners to engage with texts they might find challenging.

When writing, students need to understand the varied ways in which texts are structured and they also need to be conditioned into ‘planning for success’.  This session gives teachers an opportunity to explore how to teach these aspects.

Session Outcomes

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

  • Support learners to analyse non-fiction texts
  • Support learners to write non-fiction texts
  • Develop active personalised learning approaches
  • Use research to develop your practice

Session 6 PowerPoint slides

Here is Claire’s facilitator PowerPoint presentation for session 6:

Session Padlet

Here is the Padlet for this session.

Post-session tasks to finish off this session

  • Ensure your PDPs are up to date (especially if you think you might like to take the accreditation.)
  • Relevant learning outcomes: 1.2, 3.2, 4.1, 4.5, 5.2

Activities to prepare for the next session

  • Download and save EbS7-HO2 Extract 1 and EbS7-HO Extract 2 from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (print them out if you are able)
  • Read S7 HO4 DARTs guidelines
  • Download and read an examiner’s report from your awarding organisation
  • Be prepared to feedback key points

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.