I have been teaching GCSE English Language and Literature since it replaced O Level in 1986. In addition, I have taught IGCSE and acted as an assistant examiner for the Cambridge International Examinations 0486 exam. I am familiar with a range syllabuses, including OCR, Edexcel and AQA, some of the most popular.
Teaching for the new specifications began in September 2015, with the first examinations in 2017.
GCSE key teaching focus areas are:
Reading and close analysis of literary and non-fiction texts, including poetry
Writing responses to narrative, descriptive and argumentative questions
The literature essay
Tackling unseen poetry
Examination technique with close inspection of papers and mark schemes
Providing weekly, marked homework to support learning
Tuition addresses recent changes
Tuition may be of particular help for those seeking to avoid retaking the subject in the sixth form. Since 2013, those not gaining a C in English and Maths have been required to re-sit. Furthermore, as a C in English is a minimum entry requirement for higher education, securing the best result first time round is especially important.
In addition, recent changes have made GCSE more difficult. It is now a linear exam without coursework or controlled assessments. The once ubiquitous Of Mice and Men has gone, replaced with more challenging pre-twentieth century texts, such as Jekyll and Hyde. These amendments, alongside questions on poetry, prepared and unseen, undoubtedly make the case for additional, expert advice more compelling.
Experienced English GCSE and IGCSE Tutor in Exeter