Date & time

Tue, 28 Nov 2017
11:00 - 16:00


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

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About this day

A GCSE English day to blow your mind…

Following our new and exciting programme last year, we are delighted to be running this popular day for GCSE English students again this autumn. This programme will prepare and enthuse students, giving them the skills and confidence to exceed all expectations in their examination. Students will explore ways to increase their creativity and improve their writing skills, examine non-fiction texts across time as well as enjoy a session from a top writer, who will read, inspire and answer questions. We are thrilled to announce that the phenomenal Lemn Sissay MBE will join us this year.

Programme & speakers

Lemn Sissay Lemn Sissay OBE, Poet, author and broadcaster

Lemn Sissay is one of our country’s most exhilarating and widely loved poets. His work is moving, whimsical, inspiring and relevant.  He will bring the words alive as he reads and discusses his poetry, taking audience questions.

Lemn Sissay OBE

About Lemn Sissay OBE

Lemn Sissay OBE is a renowned poet, playwright, performer and broadcaster. He was the official poet of the 2012 London Olympic Games and in 2021 was awarded an OBE for services to literature and charity. He is a Fellow of the Foundling Museum and Chancellor of the University of Manchester.


Narrating and Describing! Make it Exciting! Neil Bowen, Teacher, lecturer and author

Neil explores inspiring ways to increase creativity and improve writing skills through reading. We will learn the difference between a tired description and an exciting one, and hear how to turn a dull story into a treat for the reader.


Neil Bowen

About Neil Bowen

An experienced Head of English and a freelance writer, Neil Bowen is the author of a range of books, articles and English resources and a member of Ofqual’s experts panel for English.  He is the author of The Art of Writing English Essays for GCSE, co-author of The Art of Writing English Essays for A-level and Beyond and of The Art of Poetry, volumes 1-5.  Neil also created and runs the Peripeteia project bridging the gap between A-level and degree level English courses.

Reading across the centuries: exploring non-fiction texts Julia Geddes, Examiner, teacher, textbook author

Julia Geddes will discuss and explore non-fiction texts, primarily using examples from the nineteenth-century but also including some more modern pieces.  She will consider comparative analysis of texts from different time periods.

This session supports assessment of reading non-fiction texts.


Julia Geddes

About Julia Geddes

Julia Geddes is a Senior Examiner and Moderator and has been the author of several A-level study guides. She works at a highly successful sixth form college in the North of England and presents conferences for students, providing support for teachers working with A-level and GCSE specifications across the country.

The Art of Persuasion Carol Leach, Examiner, Teacher and Textbook Author

Carol considers a topical issue and highlights ways to shape a view. She helps students argue a case while taking the audience with them.

This session supports writing to present a viewpoint, persuade and sell and the speaking and listening component.

Carol Leach

About Carol Leach

Carol Leach is an A-level and GCSE examiner and teacher. She was Principal Examiner for AQA and OCR for 15 years and is an Ofqual specification reviewer for GCSE and A-Level English.