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EMC CPD Online: Mixed Attainment Teaching at KS3 & KS4 (Afternoon online 13.7.22 from 2-3.30pm)

This course is part of the 2 for 1 offer – see under 'How to book' for details of the offer

Recent research suggests that mixed attainment teaching not only leads to better results for the majority of students, but also improves student engagement and well-being. This course explores effective strategies for teaching mixed attainment classes in English. It is designed for teachers who are new to mixed attainment teaching, and will focus on:

  • How to adapt a single curriculum for nearly all students
  • Which curriculum content works best with mixed attainment classes
  • The importance of choice, connection and cognition in mixed attainment teaching.

Further details

  • This course will be recorded but participants will not be audible or visible.


  • If relevant, course materials will be sent the day before the course in the email with your joining instructions. 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
    • Vouchers can only be redeemed online.
    • Only one voucher can be used per purchase.
  • A recording of the session will be available for 7 days after the event.

Course tutors: Lucy HInchliffe and Andrew McCallum

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 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. 

Andrew McCallum is Director of the English and Media Centre. Prior to that he ran a PGCE course in secondary English, and previously he taught for 15 years in London schools, spending most of that time at Acland Burghley School in Camden. He holds a doctorate in education, is author of Creativity and Learning in Secondary English (Routledge) and writes regularly for NATE's Teaching English magazine. If asked to name the EMC publication he's most proud of having worked on, it would be a three-way contest between Iridescent Adolescent, Diverse Shorts and Write On.

How to book your place

Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Monday 11th July 2022, or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner.

This course is part of our 2 for 1 offer
Book a place on this course and you’ll be sent a voucher code entitling you to book a further place on the same course for a colleague at your school. (Your code will be sent within 3 working days of booking. Any issues please email Lucy.)

  • 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.
  • 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 12th July. You will be sent a reminder on the day of the course. Please check your junk or promotions folder. Still no luck? Email
  • This course must be booked and paid for online. Payment by invoice is not available for this session. Please note: your fee is non-refundable.


Both speakers spoke brilliantly about a 'low threshold, high ceiling' approach to mixed attainment English teaching. I'm looking forward to implementing some of the strategies that Lucy and Andrew shared, particularly when exploring short stories and poetry.

Matthew Lockwood, Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form on EMC CPD Online: ‘Mixed Attainment Teaching in English’.

Really helpful and insightful tips about how to engage a variety of students. Great use of interactive chat between teachers to discuss ideas.

Chelsea Collins, All Saints Academy on EMC CPD Online: ‘Mixed Attainment Teaching in English’.

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