Given that this task represents 25% of the final mark in the English Language GCSE, this is without doubt the easiest way to improve your result! All GCSE Language boards require students to complete a piece of non-fiction on a given topic in one of the papers.
These classes centre around short 2 minute videos designed to stimulate writing on a particular global issue. With the video, students are given the necessary background and context of an issue in order to answer four short questions as part of a 200 word challenge.
Students often struggle to engage with the tasks because of a lack of knowledge or awareness of the topics. For example, AQA stated in their examiner’s report this last year that 'what characterised the best of these responses was the ability to engage with the ‘big ideas’: politics, economics, gender, aesthetics, class, morality, psychology, even philosophy. Students who were confident and familiar with these ideas were able to frame their own perspectives in this larger context and thereby enhance the quality of their argument.’
Guided by Dominic Traynor, a teacher and English Literature graduate who recently won the Institute Of Education’s EDUCATE award, this session will not only improve your writing but it will also get you thinking about the major issues that affect us all.
If you found this class useful, you may want to explore other Satchel Classes from Dom:
Safeguarding reminder:The safety of your child is of the utmost importance. All of our classes are pre-recorded to remove any concerns around live participation. For reruns of our past live classes, students' webcams and microphones were disabled and only the chat history, if participation was requested, is visible.
This class is suitable for all students in Year 10-11/ S4-S5 (or younger if higher ability) who want to practise their English Language writing skills.
Students will require a laptop with internet connection to view the class. A pen and notepad will also be required during the lesson.