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Inspire your Most Able Students to Achieve the New Gold-standard Grade 9
About this course

  • Do you want to inspire your most-able English students to achieve the new gold-standard Grade 9?
  • Do you feel confident in exemplifying what those Grade 9 responses look like?
  • Do you want a ready-to-use bank of strategies and resources to give your students the best chance of top-grade success?

 Have you found that exam board webinars just don’t cut the mustard? Have you had enough of those laborious and frustratingly bland webinars, as a non-committal advisor skirts around the questions that you type into the corner of the screen? One-by-one, you watch the other ‘participants’ leave the training, and wonder when to ‘jump’ yourself.

This course offers face-to-face training with like-minded colleagues, under the expert guidance of our inspirational trainer and expert English teacher, who will provide you with a bank of teaching resources, sample answers, revision materials and inspirational teaching strategies that you can use with your class the very next day. The course materials build upon OFQUAL descriptors and reference all major boards; the examples, approaches and resources are appropriate for students of all boards.


3-hour Zoom workshop includes: 
  • full course booklet with templates and teaching ideas
  • small group size to facilitate full participation
  • face-to-face and group tasks/activities to maintain engagement
  • Opportunities to ask and answer questions

Course Outcomes:
  • Receive a rigorous and explicit break down of the qualities and features of top-grade answers
  • Scrutinise and examine each of GCSE Literature, GCSE Language Reading, and GCSE Language Writing
  • Get a bank of ready-to-use resources that can be shared with your class and colleagues the following day
  • Try out a range of teaching and revision strategies which give your students every chance of Grade 9
Course Outline:
Achieving Grade 9 in English Literature

How to sustain a convincing conceptualised response to explicit and implicit meanings of texts

Examples of insightful critical analysis of language, form and structure, across a range of texts

What are the ‘judicious and perfectly selected’ quotes, and how do students memorise them?

How to make illuminating comparisons, and what is judicious use of subject terminology?

Achieving Grade 9 in English Language - Reading

How to critically evaluate ‘unseen’ texts with detailed and perceptive understanding

Reading the explicit and implicit and considering perspectives and viewpoints

Strategies to support analysis and evaluation of language, grammar and structure

How to generate and illustrate opinions with illuminating references to texts and contexts

Achieving Grade 9 in English Language - Writing

Beautiful and influential writing – how to shape and structure it without bamboozling the examiners

How to encourage ambition whilst maintaining accuracy

Strategies and teaching techniques to develop creativity and flair

Examples of effectively-structured responses, highlighting a wide range of sentence types, structures and vocabulary to enhance impact

Wendy Imperato

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029 2071 1787


£180 + VAT (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) BOOK NOW
Mary Chapman

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+44 (0)29 2071 1787

“Clear, clever and compelling - everything I hoped for and hope for my students' work. Thank you Dave - it was an absolutely excellent day. Thank you especially for reinvigorating my passion and enthusiasm for my subject!”

Teacher , Priestlands School

A very helpful course, lots of practical advice and resources. Many ideas that I can import straight into the classroom.

Teacher , Welshpool High School

A detailed and very informative course. Excellent strategies for the classroom.

Teacher , Llanfyllin High School

Awesome training! Gave me so many ideas, both short and long term. Super up-to-date pedagogy.

English Teacher , Fir Vale School Academy Trust

I'm feeling invigorated and inspired to adopt new approaches to ensure the pupils are able to achieve their potential.

Head of Department , Eden Boys' Leadership Academy, Manchester

Amazing! Revolutionary!

Teacher , Buxton School

Fantastic opportunity to learn something new. Excellent delivery

English Teacher , Newmarket Academy