GCSE English Learning Fair

HUDCETT Logo Wednesday, 24th June, 2015 at University of Huddersfield, Hashtag  - #EnglishFair15

Aim of the event

The teaching of GCSE English is one of the current government’s main priorities for the further education and skills sector. This event is aimed at teachers from the sector who currently teach GCSE English or will be teaching it from September 2015 and seeks to support them with their practice.

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9.30 Registration, refreshments and booking of workshops
10.00 Welcome and introduction Sue Lownsbrough, Professional Development Lead for English for the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber
10.10-10.45 Keynote: What the government wants and what it means for us as teachers. Yana Williams, Principal Of Hugh Baird College, Liverpool
10.55-11.40   Workshop session A: please see workshop choices 1 - 5 below.
11.40 – 12.00 Morning break
12.00-12.45   Workshop session B: please see workshop choices 1 - 5 below.
12.45 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.45 Workshop session C: please see workshop choices 1 - 5 below.
14.50-15.50 Keynote: Digital learning approaches for GCSE English Claire Collins, Professional Development lead for English for the East Midlands Please make sure you bring your smartphone or tablet for this interactive session.
15.50-16.00 Plenary and feedback from Critical Dialogue Spaces

Details of the workshops

1. The Threshold Skills of GCSE English Language - what students really need to do.

Kevin Piper, Creative Education

If students have struggled with English before their post 16 commitment, then why should more of the same make any difference? This workshop will break down the GCSE into three essential skills students need to succeed and then explore engaging approaches appropriate for work or post 16 courses.

2. Teaching English to Teenagers; Challenges and Chances.

Anita Collins, GCSE teacher at Leeds City College

 In this session you will explore recent findings from neuroscience and analyse the implications for working with teenagers and young adults.  There is no doubt that this stage of development presents a number of challenges. However, there are equally many chances to capitalise on the opportunities this particular stage of development presents.  We will explore these in the context of engaging teenagers in learning English, and in particular, engaging them in the GCSE English curriculum.

3. Who are the learners and what are the difficulties?

Catriona Mowat, Professional Development Lead for English for the West Midlands

We never have students all at the same level in the same class at the same time! Increasingly teachers have to cope with a wide range of skills, difficulties and attitudes. In this workshop, participants will consider the attributes and difficulties of a range of ‘typical’ learners and look at approaches to ensure positive learning experiences.

4. Underpinning Skills in GCSE English – getting the basics right to improve attainment

Carol McGivern, Hugh Baird Collge, Liverpool

As jobs continue to change and new technology, quality and work organisations systems develop; teaching and learning underpinning key literacy skills for GCSE English, is essential if learners are to develop those core skills needed to improve attainment.  This workshop will draw on subject expertise and experience to inform, embed and reinforce these fundamental key skills required in GCSE English.

5. Contextualising GCSE English within the Study Programme: a case study of working with Construction students

Ruth Bruckshaw, Centre Manager and Lead on GCSE/FS English at Skills Solutions


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