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Find out more about English Language - J351 (from 2015)
Accredited specification for the new GCSE English Literature qualification.
An overview of our GCSE (9–1) English qualifications for first teaching September 2015.
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A selection of sample answers with associated examiner commentary.
A single response with examiner’s analysis on how specific assessment objectives are met.
A selection of sample canidate answers with associated examiner commentary.
These candidate style answers support teachers in interpreting the assessment criteria for the new GCSE English Literature specification.
A selection of sample candidate answers with associated examiner commentary.
This three year curriculum planner provides a suggested approach for schools teaching both GCSE (9-1) English Language and GCSE (9-1) English Literature from Year 9. The Year 9 course of study uses our Living Texts Level 1 and 2 coursework qualification as its structural basis to prepare students for KS4.
This two year curriculum planner provides a suggested approach for schools co-teaching GCSE (9-1) English Language and GCSE (9-1) English Literature. It breaks the course down into Language and Literature elements to be studied under particular topic areas.
This two year curriculum planner provides a suggested thematic approach for schools co-teaching GCSE (9-1) English Language and GCSE (9-1) English Literature.
This Delivery Guide contains background information on the original novel, suggested activities (English and Drama) and an interview with the director of the play adaptation.
This teacher resource should be used in conjunction with the Anita and Me delivery guide.
This guide on comparing texts looks at key concepts, giving a range of classroom activities to help teachers develop learners' understanding and skills.
This short guide will help teachers plan for and teach Dennis Kelly's DNA, with ideas for classroom activities and sections on structure, characters, themes and useful resources.
This guide will help students interpret different possible contexts of literary texts by giving guidance on key concepts and suggesting classroom activities.
This folder contains all the resources required for the delivery of the suggested in the delivery guide classroom activites.
This guide will help teachers plan for and teach modern texts by giving guidance on key concepts and suggesting classroom activities.
This guide will help teachers plan for and teach Jane Eyre by giving guidance on key concepts and suggesting classroom activities.
This learner resource should be used with the delivery guide on Jane Eyre.
This short guide will help teachers plan for and teach Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, with ideas for classroom activities and sections on structure, characters, themes and useful resources.
This guide will help teachers plan for and teach approaches to unseen texts by giving guidance on key concepts and suggesting classroom activities.
This guide will help teachers plan for and teach 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' by giving guidance on key concepts and suggesting classroom activities.
This short guide will help teachers plan for and teach H.G. Wells' The War of The Worlds, with sections on plot, characters, themes, possible classroom activities and useful resources.
Focussing on the 19th century set texts, this guide is designed to help teachers plan lessons and learning in preparation for the OCR GCSE (9-1) Literature J352 examination.
Practical strategies and sample activities to help prepare your students for the new GCSE (9-1) English Literature exams.
This guide maps these two qualifications against each other focussing on areas of skills, specification content and assessment.
A handy reference guide signposting the different OCR resources available for effective exam preparation.
A clear and simple overview of the final assessment for the qualification, including the list of set texts to choose from.
The guide provides a general introduction to the differences in the two models (linear versus modular) across GCSE and A level and the impact on you as a teaching professional.
This resource is intended as a handy reference tool for students and teachers alike. It covers usage of key spelling, punctuation and grammar terms, recognising that language usage is constantly changing.
This outlines how to use living texts to support teaching in the first year of a 3 year GCSE.
This guide, aimed at parents and learners, takes you through the content and assessment of English at GCSE level and explains what’s changed in the new GCSE (9-1) English Language and GCSE (9-1) English Literature specifications.
This topic exploration pack offers an approach to considering context in the 19th century set texts in the light of non-fiction texts from the time.
The intention of this pack is to explore some key themes or issues in Macbeth which could encourage further discussion or research.
This Key Stage 3 to 4 transition guide focuses on how the topic of reading Shakespeare is covered at the different key stages.
This activity, focuses on the topic of reading Shakespeare.
This document gives teachers additional background information for the reading Shakespeare activity.