Bordesley Green Girls' School

Developing Independent Learning and Extended Writing

Session details

Developing extended writing through textual devices

Specifically relating to Geography examples but applicable to most other written based subjects.

This workshop will highlight the importance of writing frames and textual devises to support students with longer essay style questions. With the recent changes to exam board specifications and the increased rigour at all levels, it is essential that students are taught how to structure their answers so that they can achieve the highest level possible. This workshop will cover various writing strategies that have been used effectively to promote independence and logically sequenced answers which relate specifically to the question being asked.

Key questions we will answer are;

  • What different textual devises are available to promote extended writing?
  • How can we use PEEL to promote and encourage deeper and more clearly developed answers?
  • What are the six writing skeletons? How can these be used to promote extended writing?
  • How can textual devises be used in the classroom to promote extended writing?

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About the Presenter(s)

Mr Dean Carson

Dean Carson is Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning and staff CPD at Bordesley Green Girls’ School and Sixth Form. Dean has 14 years teaching experience, most of which was spent as Head of Department for various schools in Birmingham. Dean has taught KS3-KS5 Geography with outstanding results at all levels. Throughout his career, Dean has delivered training and disseminated resources to collegiate schools and provided training to GTP, Teach First and PGCE students. Most of his recent in house training has focused specifically on exam technique and many teachers have now started to make effective use of the tools and strategies Dean has shared with them.

Dean is also delivering a session on decoding exam rubric, taking Geography as the exemplar subject.