Date & time

Tue, 28 Nov 2017
11:00 - 16:00


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

Book a place

£19 + VAT* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

About this day

A GCSE English day to blow your mind…

Following our new and exciting programme last year, we are delighted to be running this popular day for GCSE English students again this autumn. This programme will prepare and enthuse students, giving them the skills and confidence to exceed all expectations in their examination. Students will explore ways to increase their creativity and improve their writing skills, examine non-fiction texts across time as well as enjoy a session from a top writer, who will read, inspire and answer questions. We are thrilled to announce that the phenomenal Lemn Sissay MBE will join us this year.

Programme & speakers

Lemn Sissay Lemn Sissay MBE, Poet, author and broadcaster

Lemn Sissay is one of our country’s most exhilarating and widely loved poets. His work is moving, whimsical, inspiring and relevant.  He will bring the words alive as he reads and discusses his poetry, taking audience questions.

Lemn Sissay MBE

About Lemn Sissay MBE

Lemn Sissay MBE is a British author, poet and broadcaster. He was the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics and is a Fellow of the Foundling Museum.  His work has featured at the Royal Academy and the British Film Institute. He is Associate Artist at the Southbank Centre and Chancellor of the University of Manchester.


Narrating and Describing! Make it Exciting! Neil Bowen, Teacher, lecturer and author

This session explores inspiring ways to increase your creativity and improve your writing skills through your reading texts. Learn the difference between a tired description and a fresh one, and hear how to turn a dead-end story into a treat for the readers.

This session supports narrative and descriptive writing and reading examination components.

Neil Bowen

About Neil Bowen

An experienced Head of English and a freelance writer, Neil Bowen is the author of a range of books, articles and English resources and a member of Ofqual’s experts panel for English.  He is the author of The Art of Writing English Essays for GCSE, co-author of The Art of Writing English Essays for A-level and Beyond and of The Art of Poetry, volumes 1-5.  Neil also created and runs the Peripeteia project bridging the gap between A-level and degree level English courses.

Reading across the centuries: exploring non-fiction texts Julia Geddes, Examiner, teacher, textbook author

Julia Geddes will discuss and explore non-fiction texts, primarily using examples from the nineteenth-century but also including some more modern pieces.  She will consider comparative analysis of texts from different time periods.

This session supports assessment of reading non-fiction texts.


Julia Geddes

About Julia Geddes

Julia Geddes is an experienced Head of English, a Senior Examiner for a major examination board and a textbook author. She has published a large number of study guides for both GCSE and A-level students.

The Art of Persuasion Carol Leach, Examiner, Teacher and Textbook Author

In a lively and exciting session, Carol Leach will consider a topical issue and look at ways to shape a view. She will help students plan their case and work out how to go from A to B, whilst taking the reader or audience with them.

This session supports writing to present a viewpoint, persuade and sell as well as the speaking and listening non-assessed examination component.

Carol Leach

About Carol Leach

Carol Leach is an A-level and GCSE examiner and teacher. She was Principal Examiner for AQA and OCR for 15 years and is an Ofqual specification reviewer for GCSE and A-Level English.