About this day
This autumn sees the return of our stimulating, information-packed GCSE English in Action programme, featuring a fascinating line-up of presentations guaranteed to enthuse and inspire. During the day, students will hear from a range of expert and engaging speakers who will explore ways to enhance their creativity and writing skills, examine non-fiction texts across time, and tackle unseen poetry. The day will end on an unforgettable note with a presentation by an award-winning poet, who will read from and discuss their poetry before taking questions from the audience. Students are guaranteed to leave brimming with essential insights and ideas.
Programme & speakers
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.
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 many study guides for both GCSE and A-level students.
Exploring the Unknown: Unseen Poetry Charlene Shaw
Charlene will walk you through her top tips on tackling the unseen poem and how to decipher the hidden meanings within the words.
About Charlene Shaw
Charlene Shaw is an English teacher based in Hertfordshire. She works for the online learning platform Your Favourite Teacher, which provides in-depth online lessons for students on the core subjects. She has released her own fiction novel for young adults, which became a best-seller in March 2018.
Write like a genius! Jennifer Webb, Co-op Academy Leeds
The examiner doesn’t know you – all they see are words on the page! In this session you will learn some foolproof strategies to help you write short stories and descriptions like a pro and get the grade you deserve.
About Jennifer Webb
Jennifer Webb is an English teacher and Assistant Principal. She is the author of ‘How to Teach English Literature: Overcoming Cultural Poverty’ (2019), regular conference speaker and teacher trainer.