Non-fiction and Creative Writing Teaching Toolkits for GCSE English Language

Suitable for all
GCSE 9–1 specs

Pick up and teach these inspiring and engaging scheme of works with clearly structured lesson plans and worksheets for teaching the fiction and non-fiction writing sections of the GCSE English Language exams. Reduce planning time and foster a love of writing in teachers and students alike!

Highly useful. Makes creative writing enjoyable and offers great strategies for helping students generate ideas... Develop[s] the skills and know-how to write fiction for publishing and for performing well in exams.T Gladwin, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

Each lesson includes:
✪ Lesson Plans ✪ Starters ✪ Main Tasks ✪ Extension Tasks ✪ Plenaries ✪ Homeworks

  • Everything you need – all resources provided, including a teacher’s manual with detailed exam and AO information, and useful tips and guidance on providing constructive criticism, running effective workshop-style lessons and motivating students
  • Fun and varied activities – from free writing to film reviews
  • Adapt by ability – extension tasks and differentiated homeworks enable you to mix and match your teaching to suit all students
  • Exam preparation! – put learning into practice with exam-style question bank!

Plus! Full indicative content for easy marking

Writing Lesson Overview
Creative Writing ① Character ② Setting ③ Plot and Structure ④ Narrative Perspective ⑤ Genre ⑥ Writing Descriptively ⑦ Dialogue
Non-fiction Writing ① Letters ② Speeches ③ Reports and Essays ④ Autobiographies and Travel Writing ⑤ Articles ⑥ Reviews


Excellent. You would be able to differentiate tasks based on the students you had in front of you… I could confidently give this to a member of my department to prepare students for their examination.R Goulds, Head of English and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7881)
'The range of tasks for writing are excellent... The variety of ideas and suggestions before the worksheets are introduced; it is easy to forget such things when in the thick of exam prep, so these provide great scope to get students' interest... The range of topics for students to write about it is also great - they would really get students thinking... I also like the way sentence form/SPaG is embedded without it being a separate element, so students can see directly the impact of experimenting with different parts of it... Lots of options to adapt/use with different levels of ability.' J Roe, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'The materials allow pupils to build up and develop skills... Pulls together a lot of information into one place!' S Freeburn, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'Gives lots of ideas into the different types of writing students may have to face allowing them to get to know the different genres of non-fiction... The ideas for letters are good and echo the SAMs... I would dip into it for worksheet based cover work.' C Harvey, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7880)
'Highly useful for teaching creative writing... I can see the activities generating great material for writing... The resource makes creative writing enjoyable and offers great strategies for helping students generate ideas... I also feel that the lessons and strategies will help students develop the skills and know-how to write fiction for publishing and for performing well on exams.' T Gladwin, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'[This resource] has a lot of educational value as it has many useful activities to help students to develop their creative writing skills... It is geared towards the requirements of the new GCSE specs... The ‘Inspiration and Games’ section has some very useful ideas for general starters... I like the idea of using this either as a SoW or as stand alone lessons – a dipping in resource.' C Harvey, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'An excellent resource - the level of detail means that you would be able to differentiate the tasks based on the students that you had in front of you... I particularly liked the setting section - the idea of creating Alternative Historys was very interesting. I know when I am teaching I tend to spend longer exploring how to develop a character and I often assume they know how to 'do' setting... This is a perfect resource for a non-specialist/NQT as the lesson plans / resources mean you could 'off the shelf' teach it. Teachers are feeling very frightened by the new GCSE and this could be exactly what inexperienced teachers are looking for. The tone and pitch of the pack suggests that teachers would gain a lot from this. I could confidently give this to a member of my department and know they have got lessons that will well prepare the students for their examination.' R Goulds, Head of English and Independent Reviewer