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EMC CPD Online: Early Careers Teacher Package – Tackling Your First Year of Teaching with Confidence (3 linked twilights 25.11.21, 1.12.21, 2.12.21)

Course content

This ECT package includes 3 linked twilight sessions. 

Placed in the second half of term, just when you need a boost, each session focusses on a key area of the curriculum to boost your knowledge and explore ideas for the classroom. The course will equip you with a mix of things you can try tomorrow and principles and approaches that will stand you in good stead throughout your career. There will be an opportunity for interaction to explore how some of the activities would work with students and to discuss with colleagues. This course will run with limited numbers to allow for a more personalised experience and a chance to have your teaching questions answered.

Session 1: Teaching the 19th Century (Thursday 25th November)

  • Introducing 19th century context.
  • Teaching the Victorian novel.

Session 2: Teaching Poetry (Wednesday 1st December)

  • Ranging across a poetry selection.
  • Teaching specific poems – some approaches.

Session 3: Teaching Writing (Thursday 2nd December)

  • Teaching writing at KS3, with GCSE in mind.
  • Ideas for teaching non-fiction and fiction writing.

Further details

  • This course will run with limited numbers.
  • On these longer EMC online courses, we try to make good use of Zoom's interactive features, such as breakout rooms and live Q&A. This requires people to unmute their microphones and, preferably, to turn on their camera. If you would like to take part but will not be able to unmute your microphone, please email to discuss whether the course is suitable for you.
  • As participants may be audible and visible, this course will not be recorded.
  • Please note: courses are designed to be watched by one participant only.


  • Course materials will be sent out in advance. Please either print these out or have them available on screen during the session.
  • After the session you will receive the PowerPoint presentation, any resources used on the course, access to an EMC webinar and a £10 voucher to use against any purchase on

Course tutors: Lucy Hinchliffe & Kate Oliver

Lucy Hinchliffe works as an education consultant at the English and Media Centre, specialising in KS3 & KS4 courses. She has recently developed her first EMC publication, an EMC Teaching Novels pack for The Bone Sparrow. Lucy is also an English teacher, Key Stage 3 Coordinator and Professional Development Leader in a secondary school. She has recently qualified as a Lead Practitioner, using her EMC novel project work as the basis for researching writing across the curriculum. She is particularly interested in English curriculum design at Key Stage 3.

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 KS3 Poetry PlusJust Write, and Animal Farm: An EMC Full Text Study Edition.

Information about booking your place and joining the course

Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Tuesday 23rd November, or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner.

  • If someone else is booking the place on your behalf, please confirm with them that the booking has been made online and that the automated acknowledgement has been received. (These emails sometimes go into junk – they can also check the booking by logging into their account and clocking 'My orders'.)
  • 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.
  • Please note: courses are designed to be watched by one participant only. 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.
  • Your email with all the information you need to join the sessions will be sent out on Wednesday 24th November. You will be sent a reminder on the morning of each session. Please make sure the name and email address of the person attending is included in the booking. Please check your junk or promotions folder. Still no luck? Email Maria on

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