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.
The day will be chaired by Julia Geddes. Julia 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.
Programme & speakers
Owen Sheers Owen Sheers, Poet, Author and Playwright
Award-winning Welsh poet, author and playwright Owen Sheers will introduce and read selected works from his collections of poetry. He will discuss the meaning and inspiration behind the words and answer questions from the audience.
About Owen Sheers
Owen Sheers is a poet, author and scriptwriter, whose many awards include Somerset Maugham for Skirrid Hill and Blue Book, and Welsh Book of the Year for The Dust Diaries and Pink Mist.
Talking the Language of Poetry Kate Clanchy
Kate Clanchy’s students have become award-winning, published poets while still at school, despite often coming from deprived and refugee backgrounds. We’ll be reading and listening to some of their work, and learning the simple tricks of reading and writing poetry with joy and confidence.
About Kate Clanchy
Kate Clanchy has published 9 books, most recently England, Poems from a School, an anthology of her migrant students’ poems and Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me. The latter is a memoir of 30 years of teaching in state schools for 30 years. Kate was made MBE for Services to Poetry in 2019. She tweets as @KateClanchy1
Tackling the small things that add up to the bigger picture Charlene Shaw
Charlene will explore effective ways to make your writing stand out and how to develop descriptions to gain marks. She will also tackle what to avoid when writing descriptively.
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.
Exploring non-fiction texts Becky Wood
Becky Wood will discuss and explore non-fiction texts, using examples from the nineteenth century alongside some more modern pieces. She will consider the comparative analysis of texts from different time periods. This session supports the assessment of reading non-fiction texts.
About Becky Wood
Becky Wood is an English teacher, KS3 coordinator and examiner. She runs @Team_English1, which supports over 25000 English teachers both online and through a yearly National Conference.