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November 15, 2018 9:30 am 3:30 pm

This one day conference will be led by Sarah North, member of the ISEB Common Entrance and CASE setting team for English. She is the team leader for the 11+ Common Entrance team for English having previously gained experience as a member of the ISEB Academic Committee Team for Humanities. Sarah will share accessible but inspiring ways of preparing pupils for the Common Entrance English exam at 13+ whilst focusing on key techniques for analysing prose and poetry in Section A of Papers 1 and 2 and the skills required for responding successfully to the writing prompts in Section B of Papers 1 and 2.

The course is planned specifically for teachers preparing Year 7 and 8 pupils for Common Entrance English at 13+.

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 A close focus of the ISEB syllabus for 13+: developing analysis (grammar in context; points and effects; time management and structure)

Session 2. 11.15 – 12.30 Section A of Papers 1 and 2 (Prose and Poetry). FLARP and Idea – Structure – Language. Modelling answers; meeting the highest demands of the mark scheme.


Session 3 1.30 – 2.15 Section B of Paper 1: writing for practical purposes: planning to meet the demands of format, language, audience, register and purpose (FLARP)

Session 4 2.30 – 3.30 Section B of Paper 2: Writing for creative purposes: techniques for planning; creating mood, atmosphere and characterisation; for craftsmanship (sentence variation/paragraphing).

The Early Bird (members) rate on this conference will end on the 1st July 2018.


138-142 Holborn
Phone: 0871 222 4832