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Autumn 2018 Teaching GCSE English update

Thu Oct 04 10:46:00 UTC 2018

This update provides GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature teachers with updates for the autumn term.

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English Language updates

November resits

The entry deadline for November resits was 4 October 2018. Please see the guidance on entry codes, exam dates etc. from the document below.

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Changes to Paper 2

In June, we notified you of some changes we have made to Paper 2 (1EN0 02) for first assessment in summer 2019. These changes do not apply to the November 2018 series. We have made amended Paper 2s available to you for practice and mocks purposes. You’ll find them below:

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Autumn networks and other training

24 September - 8 November
This term we'll be looking at key pointers from the 2018 Chief Examiner reports and discussing different approaches to AO4.

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We also have some exciting training opportunities coming up in November:

Manchester | 7 November | Birmingham | 8 November:
GCSE (9-1) English Language: Students as writers. Approaches to improving writing skills.

Find out more and book now

Speakers Trust collaboration

We have been working closely with Speakers Trust to create a training programme to support you in developing your students' speaking and listening skills and delivering the assessment required for GCSE.

There are two workshops to choose from, and you have the option to include the Spoken Language assessment as part of the workshop, saving you precious time.

Find out more about the training in collaboration with Speakers Trust

To book a workshop or training event directly, please contact:

FE networks

Our GCSE English networks this autumn for colleagues in colleges & WBL will give teachers the opportunity to:

  • consider key pointers from 2018 Chief Examiner reports
  • discuss different approaches to AO4
  • have the opportunity to mark Language Paper exemplars from the summer series
  • share ideas and network with others

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Adult education funding

Read our post-16 funding update

English Literature updates

Changes to Wendy Cope poem

'1st Date – He' and '1st Date – She' by Wendy Cope (pg 14)

Unfortunately, the copy of the Wendy Cope poem we were granted permission to use in our Poetry Anthology was incomplete. One of the stanzas in ‘1st Date – She’ was missing. We have been in contact with the poet and the publisher and have included a copy of the full version of the poem in the issue 2 anthology.

For further guidance, please read this post.


We have a range of courses on offer on ‘New to Edexcel’ (9 October, online), teaching unseen poetry (dates in Manchester, London and Birmingham), and 19th century fiction: Using drama and multi-media techniques to engage students with 19th century texts (London, 22 November).

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Free British Library and EMC GCSE Shakespeare events in the north

You may be interested in the following free workshops.

Leeds on 16 October

Manchester on 9 November 2018


Pearson English Conference 2019

We hope you can join us on 25-26 January 2019 for our conference. We will delve into the importance of creativity in the classroom, and look at ways in which you can incorporate it into your everyday teaching of English Language and Literature.

Find out more about the conference

Facebook page

Over the summer, the wider English team set up a Facebook page so they can keep you up to date more regularly with news around our qualifications, new support documents and details of upcoming training events.

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Question summaries

In case you’ve not seen them, you can consult these summaries of all the questions set on GCSE English Language 1EN0 (SAMs to summer 2017 and November 2017 and summer 2018) and GCSE English Literature. I update them after each series to give you a sense of how questions are set. Access the summaries here. 


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