Summer teaching English update
Congratulations on having completed the May/June exam series for English. Well done on a fantastic effort from students, teachers, school support staff and of course parents.
I’m hearing from lots of you about planning activities for next academic year, especially for A level coursework. Do make use of my new appointment booking service to fix up a 20-minute slot to discuss anything you need help with.
Do you want to develop and extend your skillset into online teaching? Are you keen to help those children most affected by COVID-19 school-closures?
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Become a Lit in Colour pioneer
We’ve just opened applications for you to join this amazing initiative which is really changing students’ experiences of what they read for GCSE and A level. We hope you’ll choose to teach one of our global majority texts on GCSE or A level English Literature and access an amazing set of free books, resources and support from Penguin.
Teaching English Literature at GCSE: Spotlight on Plays by global majority writers
As part of out Lit in Colour work with Bloomsbury, we’d love to hear about your experience of teaching plays at GCSE.
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Share your thoughts about diversifying the curriculum at KS3
If you have 10 minutes, we’d love to know how you feel about resources to diversify the KS3 English curriculum. Complete the survey to help shape the resources we offer and to have the chance of winning a £50 book voucher.
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A level English literature: Unseen Poetry Preparation and Shakespeare and Diversity Anthology
Watch the recording and access the training resources from our summer webinar on these exciting new resources to help you diversify you’re A level literature course.
Access the advance information for GCSE English Language 1EN0 and 2.0 from 27 June 2022.
Access the November 2022 exam timetables below.
Reprinting reading passages & providing planning boxes for writing
In response to feedback from teachers and to further support students we are happy to inform you that we have made some small changes to the format of some of the questions on 1EN0 which will feature from the November 2022 exam series. These features have been very well received by both teachers and students on our alternative GCSE 2.0.
Definitive lists of writing task types for 1EN0 and 2.0
In response to feedback from teachers and to help students prepare for assessments, we will publish a definitive list of the writing task types that could feature in the Paper 2 (1EN0) or Paper 1 exam (2.0).
We’ll be in touch very soon with the details and will post updated specifications (1EN0 & 2.0) and sample assessment materials (1EN0).
Following years of research, a track record of millions of onscreen assessments taken in different forms worldwide, and our successful pilot this year, we’re excited to announce that you’ll have the option of onscreen assessment for your students sitting International GCSE English Language A and English Literature from May/June 2023. Look out for further information on this from us in the next few weeks.
In January 2023, we return to the ‘normal’ assessment of English Language A, English Language B and English Literature. This means that you will need to submit video-recordings of students completing the optional spoken language endorsement on the Learner Work Transfer portal (LWT); and students sitting English Literature will be assessed on Part 3 anthology poetry, with Paper 4ET1 01 returning to its usual format and duration.
Please make sure you’ve seen the changes and that you are using issue 4 of the specification for students certificating from May/June 2024.
Access issue 4 of the specification for students certificating from May/June 2024
From July, you will be able to order a new edition of the English Language A student book, reflecting the changes to the specification from September 2022, and aligning to current best-practice pedagogy.
Download your sample
There are no planned changes to the set texts on either English Language A (the anthology texts) or English Literature, so you can plan your delivery using the texts listed in the specifications.
I wish you a wonderful break and look forward to supporting you again around results and then in September.