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EMC CPD Online: English for Non-specialists (3-linked twilights 23.2.22, 24.2.22, 2.3.22)

Course content

Each session of this course for non-specialists is designed to boost your knowledge and equip you with skills and strategies. As most non-specialists are teaching at KS3 this will be our main focus, but the principles and approaches can also be applied to GCSE. This whole day course will include plenty of resources and classroom ideas. There will be an opportunity for some interaction to explore how some of the activities would work with students. This course will run with limited numbers to allow for a more interactive and personalised experience and a chance to have your teaching questions answered.

Session 1: Ways into reading (Wednesday 23rd February)

  • What is English? 
  • Ways into reading: 'The Signalman'
  • Ways into reading: poetry

Session 2: Ways into writing (Thursday 24th February)

  • Teaching creative writing – using a modern short story
  • Scaffolding non-fiction writing
  • Assessing writing

Session 3: VGaP and Shakespeare (Wednesday 2nd March)

  • Teaching vocabulary
  • Teaching grammar 
  • Ways into Shakespeare

NB: This is a repeat course.

Further details

  • This course will be limited to 30 participants.
  • 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.


  • 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 and a £10 voucher to use against any purchase on

Course tutors: Lucy Hinchliffe and 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 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.

How to book online

  • Information about booking your place and joining the course
  • Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Monday 21st February, 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.
  • 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 session will be sent out on Tuesday 22nd February. Please make sure the name and email address of the person attending is included in the booking. You will be sent a reminder on the day of the course. Please check your junk or promotions folder. Still no luck? Email Maria on


Interactive, informative and professional approach.

Anthony Coombes, Turinghouse School on English for Non-specialists, June 2021

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