EMC CPD Online: Teaching Writing for GCSE – Inspiring Strategies (3 linked sessions)
This 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 equivalent of a full day’s course will be run in three, linked twilight sessions and 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 – Developing a point of view (Tuesday 27th April)
- Unlocking students’ language resources to get them writing more purposefully in the argue/persuade genres.
Session 2 – Teaching descriptive writing (Wednesday 28th April)
- Adding to your students’ descriptive writing repertoire.
- Effective feedback.
Session 3 – Teaching narrative (Tuesday 4th May)
- Teaching students the difference between a story and a narrative.
- Activities to help students to use setting effectively.
N.B. This is a repeat course.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss whether the course is suitable for you.
- Due to the interactive nature of the course (with people encouraged to be audible and visible at various points) 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 course you will receive the PowerPoint presentation, a PDF of resources from the day and a voucher for £10 off EMC publications.
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 Iridescent Adolescent, Diverse 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 Plus, Just Write and Animal Farm: An EMC Full Text Study Edition.
How to book
Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Friday 23rd April, or when capacity 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.
- 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. 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 Monday 26th April. You will be sent a reminder on the day of the course. Please check your junk or promotions folder. Still no luck? Email email@example.com.
Teaching writing is difficult and the course was very inspiring and full of excellent strategies to use in the classroom. I have tried most of the activities suggested on the course and they have all worked really well with my students.