EMC CPD Online: Teaching Writing for GCSE – Inspiring Strategies (Repeat) – Full details and how to book

Course content

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 12th January)

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

Session 2: Teaching narrative (Wednesday 13th January)

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

Session 3: Teaching descriptive writing (Tuesday 19th January)

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

N.B. This course, which is a repeat of the EMC CPD Online course run in November & December 2020, will draw on the ‘Teaching Writing for GCSE: Inspiring Strategies’ course which ran several times at EMC.

Further details

  • This course will be limited to 30 participants.
  • Due to the interactive nature of this course (with people encouraged to have their cameras on at various points) this course will not be recorded.
  • 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 microphone and, preferably, to turn on their camera. As participants will be audible and visible, this course will not be recorded. 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.


  • For some sessions 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 session.
  • After the session you will receive the PowerPoint presentation and any resources used.

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 Plus and Just Write and she’s currently working on Animal Farm: An EMC Full Text Study Edition.

How to book your place

  • Please sign in to the website, add the course to your basket and checkout. 
  • If you are booking a place for someone else, or want the joining information to go to an email other than the one you used to sign into the website, please add this to the additional information box.
  • This course must be booked online. It would be a big help to us if you could pay by card. If that is not possible, payment by invoice is available for this session, provided you are signed into a 'School User’ account.
  • You will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your booking.
  • Your email with all the information you need to join the first session will be sent out on Monday 11th January 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.
  • Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Friday 8th January, or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner.

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