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Reclaiming the Essay: helping students discover their critical voice in English

7 July | 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Are you an English teacher, frustrated by the limitations of PEE, PETAL, PCQA and other similar approaches to teaching critical writing? Do you feel such approaches constrain the ability of students across the ability range to write confident personal responses to texts? In this session, we introduce a new approach to critical writing which dispenses with rigid writing frames and places students’ engagement with the text at the heart of the essay writing process. We will share examples its application in practice, and its transformative impact on student outcomes.


7 July
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
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Alex Hawkes, Teacher of English, Colyton Grammar School, Kate Lea, Second in English, Colyton Grammar School