Training and events

Our events programme will help you deliver the new GCSE in English Language with confidence.

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Free GCSE (9-1) English termly networks for Autumn 2017

We run termly networks all over the country. The content of each network is based on what teachers ask for in their feedback each term. We have covered a number of areas such as teaching 19th century texts in Year 9, evaluation, comparison and poetry. Past content is always published in the Training area of the website.

During our networks we always focus on teaching and learning as well as assessment and there is lots of opportunity for teachers to network with others in their local area.

Here is the network pack from the Autumn network, which focussed on feedback from the Examiner Reports and teaching 19th century texts in KS3: 

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Look out for our next round of networks throughout January and February, taking place in Manchester, Northumberland, Penrith, Liverpool, West Sussex, Swindon, Essex, Kent, Birmingham, Leeds, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, London, Suffolk, Leicester, Devon and Derby. 

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Training material from past networks

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AO4 Evaluation

This podcast is designed to support teachers in understanding the requirements of AO4: evaluation.

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Getting ready to teach

Getting ready to teach Pearson's new GCSE (9-1) English Language from 2015

Our free face-to-face or online Getting Ready to Teach events support teachers who are preparing to deliver the Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Language specifications for first teaching from September 2015.

If you were unable to attend these events, you can still view the training materials.

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More support with the new GCSE specification

Do you need more support to get started with the new GCSE specifications?

To arrange a conversation with, or visit from, a member of our English team:

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Mocks Marking Training Events

Mocks marking training events

Mock exams will be key to gaining a snapshot of how students are performing during new, linear GCSE English courses. Our Mocks Marking Training events will help you apply the new mark schemes, so you can be confident you’re getting a clear picture of your students’ achievements.

This pre-recorded training is an introduction to our online and face to face Mocks Marking Training events.


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This pre-recorded training is an introduction to our online and face to face Mocks Marking Training events.

It will give you an overview of

  • the assessment requirements of the new specification
  • the new types of questions that exist within the revised papers
  • how mark schemes are developed to match the question asked 
  • some sample student responses to questions 
  • how we can support you in marking your students' work.