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Bring Your Non-Fiction Writing to Life


Curriculum Support


20 mins


Host: Dominic Traynor is a teacher and English Literature graduate, Adobe Education Evangelist, and recent winner of the Institute Of Education’s EDUCATE award.

These lessons centre around short 2 minute videos designed to stimulate writing on a particular global issue. With the video, students are given the necessary background and context of an issue in order to answer four short questions as part of a 200 word challenge.

Given that this task represents 25% of the final mark in the English Language GCSE, this is without doubt the easiest way to improve your result! All GCSE Language boards require students to complete a piece of non-fiction on a given topic in one of the papers.

Students often struggle to engage with the tasks because of a lack of knowledge or awareness of the topics.  For example, AQA stated in their examiner’s report this last year that ‘what characterised the best of these responses was the ability to engage with the ‘big ideas’: politics, economics, gender, aesthetics, class, morality, psychology, even philosophy. 

Students who were confident and familiar with these ideas were able to frame their own perspectives in this larger context and thereby enhance the quality of their argument.’ Guided by Dominic Traynor, a teacher and English Literature graduate who recently won the Institute Of Education’s EDUCATE award, this session will not only improve your writing but it will also get you thinking about the major issues that affect us all.

Safeguarding reminder:  We know that the safety of your child is of the utmost important. This is why we use Zoom's Webinar feature to provide our live classes, where by default, your child's webcam and microphone are disabled. 

Key takeaways:

  • Easy ways to structure a non-fiction piece of writing.
  • Develop your writing style and flow.
  • Learn about interesting global issues.

Suitable for:

This class is suitable for students in Years 9, 10 and 11. 

Class requirements

Students will require a laptop with internet connection to view the class. A pen and paper will also be required during the lesson. 

What to expect

- This class will take place online via a Zoom webinar
- This class was pre-recorded and is now available to view on demand
- You'll now be taken to a Stripe payment page. After payment, you will be taken to a new window to watch the recorded class.


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