Early Years Educator Students – GCSE English

Improving Literacy and GCSE English Results

This one-day workshop explores ways in which to integrate the teaching, training and delivery of English skills into Early Years Educator courses and literacy support sessions, in order to enhance achievement opportunities of Grade C or above in GCSE English.

The course helps providers meet the Government requirement that Early Years Educator students achieve English GCSE grade C or above.

Focussing upon on how GCSE style analysis can be woven in to Early Years vocational learning, staff will explore student engagement in activities such as storytelling, research, organising and shaping writing effectively; skills designed to support the application of English skills through the knowledge of how English ‘works’ in Early Years Foundation Stage training to GCSE level. Participants also consider how competent English skills can be embedded, through interactive, effective and fun ways across the Early Years Educator Framework.

In a day packed full of activities and discussion, participants will experience real creativity with a wealth of strategies, resources and imaginative approaches incorporating collaboration and critical thinking designed to provide support for key areas of English skills required to achieve Grade C or above.

There will be ample opportunity for participants to gain confidence in their own knowledge of and approach to, the teaching and support of literacy and English, helping to develop their own skills further.

For Whom
Attendees at workshop will be those with responsibility for teaching and supporting English and Literacy with the Early Years Educator qualifications, those planning or delivering literacy and English skills and staff who are supporting these skills across the Early Years Educator curriculum.

It will be of interest to representatives from all organisations delivering learning, including those responsible for the quality of teaching. The workshop also provides examples of good practice for those tasked with observing the teaching and training of literacy and English.

Aims and Objectives:
To help participants to understand a varied and extended range of strategies for promoting the learning of English and literacy skills across the Early Years Educator Framework. The workshop provides participants with the chance to:

  • Recognise practical ways in which teachers can use long term plans and schemes of work to create effective teaching strategies which support literacy development
  • Identify the barriers and opportunities that can affect learners’ literacy levels
  • Engage in activities that encourage the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills required to achieve English GCSE grade C or above

Participants will experience an extensive range of practical ideas for developing their understanding of English, literacy and its teaching whilst exploring and exchanging ideas to make English and literacy at GCSE grade C or above more achievable for their learners in the Early Years Educator sector. There will be numerous opportunities to share good practice and explore interactive, fun and effective ways to raise confidence in delivering or supporting English/literacy.

  1. The role of literacy in improving life chances in young people.
    Session 1 explores the potential barriers to literacy development, and the ways changes to teaching and learning can contribute to achievements in English GCSE improving.
  1. Effective strategies for teaching and supporting English/literacy.
    The second session examines a range of effective strategies useful for teaching English and literacy across the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. There will be an opportunity to examine and discuss approaches to teaching Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, as well as a chance to share in the experiences of peers whilst evaluating examples of good literacy teaching and support.
  • Effectively organising writing and getting the point across
  • Retrieving information from a number of sources
  • Storytelling and powerful communication skills
  • Analysing own and others’ work, redrafting and giving feedback
  1. Peer Referencing
    Session 3 demonstrates ways in which the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework links to English GCSE levels A – C in order to reinforce learning and critical thinking skills. It explores ways to use context to enhance recognition and promote the understanding of English and literacy as well as helping to improve the motivation of learners who are finding literacy and English learning challenging
  1. Summary and Close
    The last session reviews all of the days learning and considers what participants need to do next in order to reinforce learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage.