Encouraging creative and independent thinkers through poetry (KS3-KS5)

Raina ParkerMMUa

GCSE syllabuses have become more and more packed, with literature pushing to take more curriculum time than can be found: as a result, GCSE work has tended to filter down to KS3. This session will look at ways of using poetry to encourage independence in students, allowing us to find time in the packed curriculum space to foster confidence, deliver well-paced lessons, and enable students to be successful in analysing unseen poetry. The work will focus on GCSE, but with approaches that have proven effective across all secondary stages.

In this practical session there will be opportunities to:

  • explore ideas around students working independently
  • consider how poetry can stimulate creative writing
  • engage in practical approaches
  • try out activities that can be used immediately in the classroom.

Raina Parker is Vice Chair of NATE, as well as a teacher of 11-18 students for the past 26 years. She currently teaches in the Lake District and has worked in a range of management roles in schools from London to rural Shropshire, as well as as a moderator and examiner at GCSE and A Level.


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This session is part of the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) strand

Sat 9:15 am - 10:30 am