Course Information

Do you want to:

  • engage and inspire reluctant learners?
  • use assessment approaches to support GCSE English Language learning?
  • plan teaching and learning to meet GCSE English Language curriculum requirements and the needs of individual learners?
  • help learners to develop their reading, writing, and spoken language skills for GCSE English Language?
  • use or undertake research to develop and improve your own practice in GCSE English teaching?

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Do you want to do all of the above in a way that engages, inspires and motivates you by:

  • working on real issues which come up in your GCSE teaching?
  • using peers to solve ‘live’ problems?
  • developing your confidence and repertoire in using digital approaches in your delivery?

This blended course is designed to provide ‘just in time’ CPD for practitioners. Each course will include:

  • self-assessment, advice and guidance;
  • an introductory blended activity to help you explore your strengths and gaps;
  • attendance at five, face-to-face days over eleven weeks;
  • blended learning activities to foster deep learning represented by a nominal sixth day; and
  • ‘live’ online support through critical discussion groups, designed to become self-sustaining communities of professional practice once the course finishes.


Course learning outcomes

This course aims to support trainees in developing the subject knowledge and subject-specific pedagogy required to support learners who have not achieved a good pass in GCSE English (Language) at school. Participants will:

  • analyse factors that might disengage GCSE learners and explore strategies for motivating and inspiring them;
  • evaluate and use approaches to initial and diagnostic assessment which actively involve learners in the process of assessment and target setting;
  • plan effective learning programmes for GCSE English Language courses;
  • develop their knowledge and abilities to carry out effective GCSE English Language teaching;
  • use a range of assessment for learning strategies and adapt teaching to meet the needs of individual learners; and
  • reflect on their practice and identify ways (including the use of research) to improve it.

Target Group

  • Existing teachers who currently teach GCSE English, and would benefit from training and development.
  • New GCSE teachers such as Functional Skills teachers/ vocational teachers who are teaching/ have taught English at level 2 and meet the entry requirements
  • Vocational teachers who have been supporting English developments, and are preparing to teach GCSE maths/English, and meet the entry requirements.
  • Teachers who have undertaken the English Enhancement Programme, and meet entry requirements.

Suggested entry requirements

  • Candidates must be qualified to level 3, or be able to demonstrate level 3 process skills and personal skills in the subject they intend to teach.
  • A generic teaching qualification e.g. DTLLS, Cert Ed, PGCE etc

Where potential participants lack a level 3 qualification, an initial assessment may be considered appropriate.

Apply now, or find out more about the course.