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Tackling the Fiction Paper

ACER - Christine Stewart

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 from 10:00 to 15:30 (GMT)

Tackling the Fiction Paper

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Delegate fee ACER Members 28 Nov 2017 £125.00 £0.00
Delegate fee non-ACER members 28 Nov 2017 £160.00 £0.00

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In recent years many staff in FE colleges have had to quickly make the transition from teaching Functional Skills to GCSE English and one of the biggest challenges they face lies in preparing learners to tackle the fiction paper. In order to meet the demands of this part of the GCSE exam learners have to be able to analyse unseen pieces of fiction as well as write a descriptive or narrative text. For many staff who are more used to exploring functional texts it can take a while to build up a repertoire of effective teaching strategies that will engage learners in reading fiction critically and writing creatively. This training day aims to provide an opportunity for GCSE English teachers to develop their skills and confidence in this key area.


After completing the training day participants will be able to:

  • develop learners’ skills in appreciating and evaluating a writer’s use of literary techniques in fictional texts
  • support learners in writing analytical responses to meet exam criteria
  • stimulate learners to engage in a range of creative writing tasks
  • evaluate pieces of learner writing with reference to GCSE mark schemes

 Intended audience

  • Functional English teachers who intend to teach GCSE English
  • GCSE English teachers who wish to review and expand their teaching approaches


The facilitator:  Adrian Wright has taught GCSE and A Level English in schools and colleges. He has managed a large English department and also works as an AQA GCSE English examiner.

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Suite 1 Lancaster House
Meadow Lane
PE27 4LG St Ives
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 from 10:00 to 15:30 (GMT)

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