Date & time

Fri, 11 Nov 2016
11:00 - 16:00


UCL Institute of Education, London
20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL

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About this day

A GCSE English day to blow your mind…

Join us at our new and exciting day for all GCSE English students.  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, take part in an amazing live debate to help them shape a view and enjoy a session from a top writer, who will read, inspire and answer questions.

Programme & speakers

Whose View is it Anyway? Carol Leach, Examiner, Teacher and Textbook Author

How can you make a case for what you believe?  How do you decide what to leave in or out, taking the reader with you? Join our amazing interactive live debate on a topical issue and shape a view in under an hour.

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.

Reading Across the Centuries: Exploring Non-Fiction Texts. Jenny Stevens, Lecturer, Teacher and Textbook Author

Jenny Stevens 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.

Jenny Stevens

About Dr Jenny Stevens

Dr Jenny Stevens is a former Head of English with over thirty years’ teaching experience. As one of Ofqual’s subject experts, she was closely involved with the reform and accreditation of both the GCSE and A Level English qualifications. She has published a number of books and guides for students.

Owen Sheers Owen Sheers, Poet, Author and Playwright

Award-winning Welsh poet Owen Sheers will introduce and read selected works from his collections of poetry, inviting questions from the audience.

Owen Sheers

About Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers is a poet, author and scriptwriter, whose many awards include Somerset Maugham for Skirrid Hill and Blue Book, and Welsh Book of the Year for The Dust Diaries and Pink Mist.

Narrating and describing! Make it exciting! Neil Bowen, Teacher, lecturer and author

What is the difference between a tired description and fresh one? How can you turn a dead-end story into a treat for the readers, drawing them in from the first breath? Explore inspiring ways to improve your writing skills and creativity.

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.