October 2023 teaching English update
Read a summary of the latest updates for teaching our English qualifications.
I hope the term is going well. As the post-results period closes, many of you are turning your attention to setting up coursework for Int GCSEs and A levels. It’s been a pleasure to hear from so many teachers during September and get a feel for the areas that you’d like support with.
National Poetry Day (NPD), 5 October: ‘Refuge’
Visit the brilliant NPD website for ideas about how to celebrate this wonderful art form that can move us so much with so few words.
Would you like to talk to us about your experiences of teaching English and delivering English qualifications?
The Pearson English Product Team would like to visit and speak to English departments in UK-based schools about their current needs and issues around KS3, GCSE and A-Level, and the future of English.
Please complete the form if you would be happy to host a visit or speak to us in an online session.
November exam series for GCSE English Language
Entry deadline: 4 October 2023
Eligibility: any student who was aged at least 16 on 31 August 2023
SLE: enter grades on Edexcel Online by 5.11.23 (or carry forward from a previous series using the ‘T’ entry option); upload video-recordings on the LWT
Exam dates 1EN0/1EN2
Tuesday 7 November: 1EN0 01 & 1EN2 01, am
Thursday 9 November: 1EN0 02 & 1EN2 02, am
November exam series for Int GCSE English Language and English Literature
Entry deadline: 15 September 2023
Eligibility: open series, students sitting for the first time and those who are resitting
Coursework and optional SLE: enter marks/grades on Edexcel Online by
7.11.23 (or carry forward from a previous series using the correct
entry option); upload video-recordings on the LWT by 7.11.23.
Exam dates 4EA1/4EB1/4ET1
Monday 6 November: 4ET1 01, am
Tuesday 7 November: 4EA1 01 & 4EB1 01, am
Thursday 9 November: 4EA1 02, am
Friday 24 November: 4ET1 02, am
Key updates for the 2023-2024 academic year
It was great to see so many teachers at our briefings for this year:
GCSE spoken language endorsement refresher
New exemplars from the June 2023 exam series
Access the ordering instructions. The access code is KEHSY.
Int GCSE anthology
The Int GCSE anthology has now been reprinted and can be ordered.
Please note, we now have the issue 6 anthology on the website. There
is no need to order new anthologies if you have issue 4 or issue 5. The only changes in issue 6 are to some titling as a result of the introduction of the modular Int GCSE for international centres only.
Modified versions of the Int GCSE anthology
You can now download an 18pt version. We are working on three further modified formats along with a process to obtain these hard copy. I will update you when these are available.
Don’t miss the great range of free courses on offer this term: Summer 2023 exam feedback and network for each GCSE; ‘New to’ each GCSE; How to apply the mark scheme; and support with diversifying your KS4 texts from Bennie Kara.
Book your place on coursework marking training for each A level; ‘New to A level
English Literature’ & ‘Summer 2023 feedback’ for English literature.
New texts reminders
Please note the four new texts added in 2022, for first assessment at A level in June 2024 (Les Blancs, Sweat, The Cutting Season and Home Fire).
Mock papers with the new texts and showing the revised question order
Please use the mock papers to ensure that your students are familiar with the question order that they will encounter in June 2024.
Access mock papers.
Pre-recorded training on the new texts will be available soon.
'Les Blancs' available again
We're happy to confirm that 'Les Blancs' can now be purchased again. The ISBN of the standard paperback edition is 9780573611513.
Are you teaching 'Les Blancs'?
If you are teaching 'Les Blancs' for A level English Literature and would be interested in getting in touch with other teachers to share ideas/resources, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will 'join you up'. Please state that you are happy for your email address to be shared with other teachers for this purpose only.
International GCSE reminders
English Language A
Please note the changes to coursework affecting certification from June 2024. November 2023, is the last exam series in which the ‘old style’ reading coursework (on 2 texts with commentary) may be submitted, following the issue 5 specification. From June 2024, all coursework submissions must follow the issue 6 specification (3 texts, including poetry and prose, with no commentary).
English Language A and B optional spoken language endorsement
Please access the new Administrative Support Guide to help you with video-recording your sample, naming files and uploading to the LWT.
Modular International English GCSEs for international centres
We now offer a modular version of these qualifications:
You can now access course planners and schemes of work for the English Language A and English Literature modular routes.
Find out about onscreen assessment for English for this academic year
Let us know if you want to use this option.
International A levels
In June 2024, students can sit their IAL units for English Language and English Literature onscreen. Let us know that you’re interested in offering IAL onscreen and then, once approved, select the ‘C’ options in the information manual for these qualifications.
Pre-release materials for IAL English Language Unit 4 for January and June 2024
Access the pre-release materials for January with your Edexcel Online login.
The June 2024 materials will be published on the website on 1 December 2023.
Student books for IAL English Language and English Literature
We have not published student books for these qualifications.
Read guidance on resources.
Mocks and moderation service
I hope the term continues to run smoothly and look forward to supporting you this year.