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Stretch and Challenge in English KS3 and KS4

This practical course will look at how we stretch and challenge all learners to be the best they can and get the grades and achievement they deserve in English language and literature. We will explore ways of applying learning to unfamiliar texts and styles of writing, to add more complexity and sophistication to our thinking, to develop the technical skills to analyse and critique work and encourage independent thinking.

  • Practical ideas
  • Identifying learners’ potential barriers
  • Wide range of ideas
1 day
£265 + VAT
9:15 - 15:30
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About this course

This course will look at how stretch and challenge in English language and literature relate not only to exam requirements, but also help us build a broad, deep and balanced curriculum that will serve our learners in their next stage of education, in the skills they actually need in employment, and to help them see the opportunities and enjoyment that language and literature can provide throughout their lives.

  • Identify what we mean by stretch and challenge in English
  • Create a range of ‘English expert’ tasks
  • Develop the skills of critical thinking/critical reading in our learners 
  • Build confidence to be creative and take risks
  • Make connections between ideas in Literature, Language and the wider curriculum
  • Demonstrate a wide range of ways to ask deeper questions in English
  • Understand the importance of zooming in and zooming out
  • Embed stretch and challenge as part of GCSE requirements 

COVID-19 update

As a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are now live-streaming all of our courses.

For the most up to date information regarding the pandemic, please take a look at our 'COVID-19 Update' page.

Live stream and recorded courses

Live-streamed course. Watch at home, at school or on the go.
20 January 2022
Online, interactive access.
Watch again for 7 days.

Courses at venues

20 September 2021
Lancaster Gate Hotel, 66 Lancaster Gate, LONDON, W2 3NA
02 November 2021
Aloft Birmingham Eastside, 4 Woodcock Street, BIRMINGHAM, B7 4BL
13 December 2021
Durham Marriott Hotel, Old Elvet, DURHAM, DH1 3JN
14 February 2022
Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Worsley Park, MANCHESTER, M28 2QT
23 March 2022
The Met Hotel, King Street , LEEDS, LS1 2HQ