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KS3 & KS4 English and Media

Boosting Reading at KS3

Course tutors: Kate Oliver & Lucy Webster Thursday 23rd June Course no: 885. £230. Fee includes a copy of Best of Both: fact and

  • ction texts in the EMC KS3 series (usual price £12.50).

Why should you attend? On the course you will consider ways of assessing reading and how to then use the information gathered to feed back to students and inform teaching. After looking at research on the importance of reading for pleasure, we’ll discuss ways to increase both the range and the amount that your students read.

What will the course cover?

  • Using APP for reading, including the assessment of oral and creative responses and how to feed back eectively.

  • Strategies for small group and whole class work to develop specic skills in areas of common weakness.

  • Boosting independent reading and making it more purposeful: ideas for whole-school and English-based approaches.

NB: This is a repeat of a similar course held last year.

All relevant, interesting and useful - this course should be mandatory! Also very relevant for GCSE, or even KS5.

Hayley Anne Kenna, The Milton Keynes Academy, on the ‘Boosting Reading at KS3’course.

Making Year 9 Count: Multimodal Approaches to Preparing for GCSE

Course tutor: Jenny Grahame Friday 1st July Course no: 888. £225.

Why should you attend? Many schools seeYear 9 as an opportunity to prepare for, or even start, GCSE work. However, it’s also one of the few remaining curriculum spaces for immersive, cross-curricular, or deep learning experiences, extending students’oracy, problem-solving, and media literacy skills. Can you have both?This course will oer a range of engaging multimodal activities forYear 9 pupils, which will lay groundwork for English and Media Studies GCSE specications and enable creative teaching and learning.

What will the course cover?

  • A repertoire of multimodal strategies, which can feed into dierent controlled assessment tasks.

  • Tasters and tips for simulation and production tasks to prepare for speaking and listening assessments.

  • Engaging topical new resources on footballers’pay and celebrity to generate focused work around argument and non-ction reading and writing.

  • Opportunities to share good practice and tailor activities to the learning styles of your own students.

English Essentials for BTs; NQTs; GTPs; Teach Firsts

Course tutors: Kate Oliver & Jenny Grahame Monday 11th July Course no: 891. £225. Includes free publications worth over £50!

Why should you attend? The day will help you to reect on your experiences so far and to look forward to next year, whether you have already started teaching or are looking to take up a post in September.The day will consist of three workshops on key areas of the curriculum, each oering tried-and-tested strategies and resources for you to take away.You will also be given a‘Survival Guide’to help you to tackle your early years of teaching with condence.We aim to establish a supportive atmosphere in which participants are encouraged to network and share experiences.

What will the course cover?

  • Making Shakespeare enjoyable and accessible at KS3, with a discussion about managing behaviour in active lessons. Free publication: a choice of KS3 Shakespeare study guides or KS3 Series Drama Book with Hannah & Hanna DVD (usual price £30.90).

  • Teaching key concepts and skills in media through short films. Free publication: KS3 Series Media Book (usual price £10.95).

  • Supporting critical reading and writing about poetry at GCSE, incorporating assessment for learning approaches. Free publication: KS3 Series Poetry Book (usual price £10.95).

NB: This is a repeat of a similar course held last year.

A lovely day. Usefu, enjoyable and inspiring. A delicious lunch too. Selina Payne, St Mary’s Girl’s School, Worcester on the ‘English Essentials for NQTs’course.


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