Essay Writing Support Pack for GCSE English Language

10 practical, accessible sessions designed to develop the skills needed for successful essay writing at GCSE English Language. Embed into a scheme of work in the run-up to exams, or dip in and out for innovative, pick-up-and-teach activities.

Targets an often undervalued and rarely well-taught set of skills.' L Deighton, Director of English and Independent Reviewer
Sessions cover:
  • Unblocking Understanding
  • Superb Structure
  • Powerful Paragraphing
  • Varied Vocabulary
  • Splendid Sentences (Part 1)
  • Splendid Sentences (Part 2)
  • Quality Quotations
  • Interesting Introductions
  • Crafting Conclusions
  • Excellent Editing
  • Each session includes:

    • Detailed teacher’s notes to minimise your planning time and ensure that learning is applied, checked and revisited.
    • Stimulating worksheets:
      1. Assess prior knowledge – pupils consider what they already know and what they need to do to improve, encouraging responsible and independent learning.
      2. Build towards mastery of the skill – structured and progressive activities cover all aspects of essay writing, including structure, vocabulary, quotations and editing.
      3. Apply learning – plenary activities encourage self-, teacher- or peer-assessment.
    • Plus! Teacher tips, prompts and scaffolding ease lower-ability students into writing, while extension tasks cater for and challenge the most able.
      • An extensive resource which offers a vast number of ways to teach pupils writing skills. It provides materials to suit all ability levels and is easily adaptable for all exam boards. It is useful to have so much current classroom material gathered in one place! It would save teachers a vast amount of preparation time! S Freeburn, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

    What do teachers have to say about this resource? (8232)

    “This resource is really useful and creative… the author has worked really hard on this and is clearly an experienced teacher… I liked the links between pedagogy, classroom teaching and classroom resources – these were clever and allowed for a progressive way of teaching… I like the structure of this resource and that these technical aspects of writing are coming after the creative elements. I think that fits with how we should be teaching writing.” - N Maloney, Teacher and Expert Reviewer

    'An extensive resource which offers a vast number of ways to teach pupils writing skills. It provides materials to suit all ability levels of pupils and is easily adaptable for all exam boards. Each unit begins by assessing prior learning - this will allow pupils to consider what they already know and what they need to do in order to improve encouraging them to be more responsible and involved in their own learning... The variety of activities in each unit allows for intervention, extension work, and consolidation... The opening section clearly outlining exam requirements could be used for classroom display... There are plenty of resources for teaching in class but there are also plenty of opportunities to use it for intervention classes or for last minute revision prior to the exams... It is useful to have so much current classroom material gathered in one place! It would save teachers a vast amount of preparation time!' S Freeburn, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

    'Wow! This is an excellent resource which targets an often undervalued and rarely well-taught set of skills. It is clearly well-researched and logical in its approach. The resources are easily usable and each lesson is very clear... I liked the clearly explained lesson rationale and logically sequenced lessons... It focuses on making students good writers and helps students to understand how to write well, but also to value writing well... It prepares students for the demands of the new GCSE specifications by teaching the skills and offering a high-level of rigour.' L Deighton, Director of English and Independent Reviewer