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Improving GCSE English Resit Students’ Engagement with Unseen Texts - Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Principal focus of the project

The aim of this project was to develop a resource which would better motivate and engage GCSE English resit students with unseen texts.

What is this about and what were the main findings?

The main driver for this project was to find a coherent, cohesive and more manageable alternative to the existing 'student folders' (crammed with worksheets and handouts), that would be more motivating and engaging to students. A reading booklet (workbook) based around Susan Hill's 'Woman in Black' was created, focussing scaffolded bite-sized activities around key extracts from the text. Project leads found this approach successful in engaging and maintaining student interest; assisting meaningful progression; developing their exam techniques; and ultimately improving learner achievement levels.

Number of participants who worked with the project
Name of associate programmes

OTLA 6 (English)


An OTLA project that involved creating a single coherent workbook - around 'Woman in Black' - to motivate students to manage resources and their completed work.

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