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January 28 9:30 am 4:00 pm

This one day conference will be led by Sarah North, team leader for the 11+ ISEB setting team with previous experience as a member of the ISEB Academic Committee Team for Humanities (English). Sarah will share accessible but inspiring ways of preparing pupils for the Common Entrance English exam at 11+ whilst focusing on key techniques for approaching the prose comprehension in Paper 1 and the skills required for responding successfully to the writing prompts in Paper 2.

The course is planned specifically for teachers preparing Year 6 pupils for Common Entrance English at 11+.

Speaker: Following a career as a features writer, journalist and author of non-fiction books, Sarah trained as a secondary English teacher in 2002. She has been a full-time English teacher at a leading prep school ever since, gaining a wealth of experience and success teaching pupils of all abilities in Years 6, 7 and 8. She has been Head of English for 4 years and, for three years beforehand, was Head of Drama; she has taught English continuously for the last 16 years, devising her own ways of inspiring her pupils to enjoy all aspects of the English curriculum whilst meeting its many rigorous demands.

Time: 10.00am to 3.30pm (conference registration from 9.30am)
Venue: Holborn Bars, London.


Coffee and registration: 9.30 – 10.00

Session 1. 10.00 to 11.00 The ISEB English Syllabus at 11+/Analysis of the most recent session (Summer 2018)

Session 2. 11.15 – 12.30 Approaching Paper 1: Techniques for developing reading skills (comprehension and analysis); interpreting questions and structuring answers; sharing reading lists for 11+


Session 3. 1.30 – 2.15 Ways of teaching spelling, grammar and punctuation in context.

Session 4. 2.30 – 3.30 Paper 2: Writing for practical purposes, responding to the picture stimulus; ideas for creating mood, atmosphere and characterisation; craftsmanship.


138-142 Holborn
Phone: 0871 222 4832