EMC CPD Online: Teaching Writing for GCSE – Inspiring Strategies (Full day online 20.9.22)

This one-day course will offer you a range of ideas to engage and challenge your students and help them to become confident and independent writers of non-fiction and creative writing. The day will include plenty of resources and classroom ideas. There will be an opportunity to work with colleagues 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 Developing a point of view (10-11.35am)

  • Unlocking students’ language resources to get them writing more purposefully in the argue/persuade genres.

Session 2: Teaching narrative (11.50-1.15pm)

  • Teaching students the difference between a story and a narrative.
  • Activities to help students to use setting effectively.

Session 3: Teaching descriptive writing (2-3.30pm)

  • Adding to your students’ descriptive writing repertoire.
  • Effective feedback.

N.B. This is a repeat course.

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 Kate to discuss whether the course is suitable for you.
  • As participants may be audible and visible, this course will not be recorded.
  • 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 www.englishandmedia.co.uk
    • Vouchers can only be redeemed online.
    • Only one voucher can be used per purchase.
    • Vouchers expire after 6 weeks. 


  • Course materials will be sent out 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 course.

Course tutors: Andrew McCallum and Kate Oliver

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 Literary ShortsDiverse Shorts and Write On.

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 most recent publications for EMC are KS3 Poetry PlusJust Write and Animal Farm: An EMC Full Text Study Edition.

How to book your place

Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Friday 16th September, or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner.

  • To book a place on this course, first sign in to 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.
  • If you want to book another place on the course, return to the course page and go through the same process. You cannot update number of places booked from within your basket.
  • 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 Monday 19th September. You will be sent a reminder on the day of the course. Please check your junk or promotions folder. Still no luck? Email courses@englishandmedia.co.uk


Great balance of pedagogical and practical input; really engaging activities and a broad range of aspects to consider when approaching writing.

C Greenlaw, Uppingham School, on ‘Teaching Writing for GCSE – Inspiring Strategies’.

The strategies and resources were excellent and could be used practically in lessons immediately after the course. It was also really refreshing to be given new and useful ideas for teaching writing which I feel has been lacking in the last few years of teaching!

Emma Whalley, Cedars Upper School on Teaching Writing for GCSE, Sept/Oct 2021

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