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EMC CPD Face-to-Face: A Day for ECTs – Teaching with Confidence (Full day 30.11.22)

This one-day face-to-face course will take place at The English and Media Centre in London (see right for address and map). The course will be limited to 15 participants. 

Course content

You will have learned and achieved a lot in the first few months of your new job, but you might also have reached a point where you recognise the need to boost your knowledge and experience in certain key areas of the curriculum, or feel you have used up all of your best ideas. This course gives you the chance to reflect on your experiences so far with other teachers in a similar position, while developing your subject knowledge and the stock of teaching strategies that you have at your disposal. Deliberately placed towards the end of term, when you are most likely to need some fresh ideas, you will leave with a wide range of resources that you can put to immediate use.

What will the course cover?

  • Sharing experiences and ideas with other new teachers.
  • Strategies and resources for teaching challenging literature at KS3 and KS4.
  • Strategies and resources for teaching GCSE Language.
  • Teaching close reading.
  • Teaching vocabulary, grammar and punctuation in context.

NB. This is a repeat course

Course tutors: Lucy Hinchliffe & Kate Oliver

Lucy Hinchliffe is EMC’s Research & Projects Lead consultant. Her work is focused on exploring how English is taught in schools and how EMC can best support this through publications and CPD. She also specialises in KS3 and KS4 courses at the Centre, and has contributed to several publications, including the EMC Teaching novels pack for The Bone Sparrow, and EMC KS3 Poetry Plus. Lucy was an English teacher, KS3 Coordinator and whole school CPD leader in an outer London school prior to joining EMC full time. 

Kate Oliver taught for 14 years in Inner London in various roles. She now works as an education consultant for The English and Media Centre, specialising in KS3 and KS4. Her favourite aspects of English teaching are creative writing and poetry. She also has a particular interest in the wider implications of the subject such as getting students reading for pleasure and engaging teachers of other subjects with language across the curriculum. Her most recent publications for EMC are EMC KS3 Poetry Plus, Just Write and Animal Farm: An EMC Full Text Study Edition.

How to book your place

Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Monday 28th November, or when capacity (15) is reached, whichever is the sooner. 

  • This course must be booked online. If you pay by card that is a big help to us as a small, not-for-profit organisation. Please only ask to be invoiced if required by your school. If you need to pay by invoice, you must be signed into a 'School User' account. You will not be able to request an invoice if you have one of the short courses in your basket at the same time. These must be paid for in advance.
  • To book a place on this course, first sign into your account on the website, or register one if you need to.
  • Click 'Book online' (right-hand column) and fill in the name and email address of the person attending the course. The joining information and post-course email will be sent to this address.
  • If you are booking for more than one person, repeat the process.
  • Then hover over your basket (top right) and click checkout. You cannot update number of places booked from within your basket. If you want to book another place on the course, return to the course page and go through the same process.
  • Once you have booked your place, you will see a screen 'Your order was a success!' You may want to make a note of your order number. You will also receive an automatic acknowledgement of your booking.
  • Please do not book travel until you have received confirmation that this in-person course is running. You will receive this confirmation no later than one week before the course date. (For details of timing, centre address and map, see right.) 
  • Please note, if a course has to be cancelled for reasons beyond our reasonable control, you will not be charged for the course and will receive a refund if you paid in advance. However, personal arrangements including travel, accommodation or hospitality relating to the course which have been arranged by you or your institution are at your own risk and not refundable by us.


It was brilliant! Very engaging and fantastic information.

Riley Head, The Piggott School on ‘ECTs Package Tackling Your 1st Year of Teaching with Confidence’.

This course was great and made me think a lot about my current classroom practice. The resources were useful and zoom was used effectively. The course leaders answered all queries in detail, signposting additional resources where possible. The teaching of 19th C context for GCSE using excerpts from the text was a particularly useful strategy and one I will definitely be adopting. Overall, a great course!

Poppy Cook, George Spencer Academy on ‘ECTs Package Tackling Your 1st Year of Teaching with Confidence’.

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