EMC CPD Online: Teaching Writing for GCSE – Inspiring Strategies (session 2)

Course content

This session forms part of our course Teaching Writing for GCSE – Inspiring Strategies. It is not available for booking separately. Please see 17th November to book your place.

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 2: Teaching narrative (Tuesday 1st December)

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

N.B. This course 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.


  • 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

  • This session forms part of our course Teaching Writing for GCSE – Inspiring Strategies. It is not available for booking separately. Please see Friday 13th November to book your place. (Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Monday 2nd November, or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner.)

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