Case study

Staff at the English Department at Birkenhead School, Merseyside tell us why they have opted for Edexcel’s International GCSEs in English Language and English Literature.

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“The International GCSEs with Edexcel for English Language and English Literature are rigorous and interesting. Both qualifications provide choice and flexibility as you can decide whether or not to include a coursework element. There are a wide range of tasks and texts and an element of student choice when it comes to coursework assignments.

"The course materials and textbooks from Edexcel are thorough and we have found the teacher resources to be clear and concise.

"The Anthology and the choice of set texts are appropriate and engaging. The Literature prose and play texts are very accessible to all students. In fact, the students respond really well to this element of the course.

"The Edexcel International GCSEs work well in the classroom because the course is manageable to deliver within the timescale and it enables teachers to structure teaching in a way which suits their classes. It is easy to add variety and interest by moving between different tasks/topics.

"The International GCSEs provide scope for the most able to excel. We think it gives students a chance to develop the skills which will be built upon at A level and enables them to consider the demands of further study.

"We have received training and standardisation INSET from a moderator who visited the school, which was helpful.”