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An overview of the AQA GCSE English Language exams (Papers 1 & 2)

About this Event

This is a Masterclass on how to get the BEST grade you can in the GCSE English Language exam. This is specifically for the AQA exam board; if you are with any other exam board, please check you have booked onto the correct class.

This Masterclass will teach you:

  • The difference between the two papers
  • How to revise for each paper
  • What skills to apply to each question
  • How much time to spend on each question
  • How examiners mark the exam
  • What the examiner is looking for in a top-grade answer
  • Common mistakes students make in the exam

During the session you will also be able to ask any questions you have about the exams and how they’re marked . The session is completely FREE and will be run by renowned London-based super-tutor Paul Woodward. Paul has worked directly with official examiners to write exam papers, review mark schemes and write model answers, so he knows exactly what examiners are looking for a top-grade answer.

"There's no charge for the session because so many young people are missing out on a good education at the moment and many students sitting their exams next year are anxious about how disadvantaged they’ll be academically. I’m determined to help address and remedy that."

The session will take place over Zoom and will last approx. 60mins . You will be sent the Zoom invite link before the class.

"The Masterclass was amazing! Thank you."

"I learnt so many clear methods to remember."

"I think I learnt more in an hour than I did all term at school."

"The exercises were very helpful and the tutor critiqued our writing really well."

The Masterclass will be hosted by Paul Woodward, a renowned London-based super-tutor and founder of PassMyEnglish. Paul has over 12 years tutoring experience, has edited over 50 revision books on the GCSE and A Level syllabus, was Director or the well-known education publishing company Connell Guides for 6 years, and now creates online learning content and writes practice exam papers. Paul is offering a number of free online classes during the lockdown. Paul also offers private 1:1 online tuition.

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1:Human Lifespan Development
B: Investigate how individuals deal with life events

Coping with Life

For this task, you must choose two people who are willing to be interviewed about their life and events that have affected them. Your individuals could include:

  • yourself
  • friends
  • relatives
  • individuals taken from case studies provided by your teacher.

Your work will focus on how your two people were affected by the same life event.

Please remember that if you use real people, you must maintain confidentiality by changing names and places. You will also need to obtain written permission from them to use their information in your work.

Your work, based on your interviews, should be presented as an information pack and divided into three sections.

  1. The actual life event and the impact of this on each of the individuals
  2. How each individual adapted to the life event
  3. The role that support played in helping them to adapt and the value of the support to the individuals

Section 1

The first section of your information pack should begin by introducing the individuals and the life event you have selected.

You should then explain the impact of the life event on each individual, giving examples of the different ways in which each person was affected by the same event.

Section 2

The second section of your information pack should explain how your two, chosen individuals adapted to the life event using support from agencies, families other organisations, giving examples of the sources of support used by each individual.

Section 3

The third section of your information pack should assess how well each individual adapted to the selected life event, the role support played in helping each one to adapt and how valuable this was.

You should also compare the ways in which each individual adapted to the changes brought about by the life event.

My Week of Work

Dear REACH Students

Welcome to My Week of Work, our newsletter today will share with you all the information that you need to facilitate a week’s worth (or any part of) work related activity. Included in this edition is a link to a comprehensive Teacher Guide full of information, supportive resources and what’s next suggestions.


Careers Leader Teacher Guide

Download our Careers Leader guide for all the details you need to know about ‘My Week of Work’ and how your pupils will access the sessions.


How to use this guide 

Our ask of you 

Promote as widely as possible to pupils, parents/carers and through your school communication channels. 

This is important whether you are planning to use it as a planned cohort activity or otherwise; all the sessions are completely appropriate for a young person to access independently or with their parents/carers too.


What next 

Before 8th June 

  • Register for Learn Live
  • Promote My Week of Work to your pupils
  • Contact your local Enterprise Coordinator to discuss additional localised support or follow up activities


During My Week of Work

  • Check in on your learners, keep them keen and motivated

  • Encourage them to send completed tasks (and any extension tasks you may set) to you

  • Check out the activities yourself and take part in Learn Live alongside your learners

In the weeks after My Week of Work

  1. Choose to keep sign-posting your learners
  2. Offer them feedback
  3. Develop what’s next plans with your learners
  4. Arrange personal guidance sessions for those who need them
  5. Plan your progressive programme
  6. Complete our feedback form and encourage reflection from learners using a template we will send next week.

Next Up from Us

We are keen that schools follow up My Week of Work with a continuation of great offers and programmes to contribute to your whole school careers activity.

In the Teacher Guide we have made some suggestions as to programmes you can access to take your offer to the next level.

We will continue to share resources on a weekly basis up until the summer break, these are always quality assured and sorted for you by key stage and SEND to help your workload.

Supporting you

At The Careers & Enterprise Company all our communications are designed to support you from a think national, act local perspective. Each week you will receive a communication from us with news, guidance and resources reflective of the national careers landscape. These will be further supported on a localised level by your dedicated Enterprise Coordinator who will ensure you have access to key local resources and information to support your careers guidance programme on an ongoing basis.

Opportunities for recognition

We are currently developing a number of approaches to reward and recognise engagement in ‘My Week of Work’, both at a student level and at an educational establishment level. We will be in touch with further information about these in the forthcoming communications.

About Oak National Academy

Oak National Academy is an online classroom with high-quality video lessons and resources. It is free to use and has been created by over 80 teachers, with the backing of the Government. It is designed to help schools, parents/carers and pupils balance learning at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Created at great speed, Oak is constantly expanding its core and extra-curricular offering. More information on Oak National Academy can be found at:


Following on from My Week of Work 

Free interactive Careers Chat sessions from Education and Employers with Inspiring the Future.

Supported by resources and guides, to maximise impact and to enable reflection on learning.

To book, please visit here

For more information on this virtual offer, join one of these webinars:

Tuesday June 2nd at 2pm 
Friday June 5th at 10am 
Monday June 8th at 3:30pm 

NEW! WOW Show launches Careers Guides for lockdown! 

Two special NHS-commissioned employer encounters will be released in June with a full home-schooling pack, including lesson plans and trailer videos. To receive all the resources click here

Looking for something for KS5? Careers Ready skills festival – now until the 19th June

Online seminars/workshops/insights with employers including 121 Mock Interviews and CV clinics with a DBS checked Career Ready mentor. For full programme details visit website.

NEW!  Skills Builder Universal Framework  

The Universal Framework will allow you to see clearly how essential skills can be taught, developed and how progress can be tracked.  Detailed guidance is available to walk you through how to assess whether your students have mastered the skill step, what they need to know, and then how they can put the skill into practice. 

Visit to explore the brand new Universal Framework for yourself.

Stay Home and Study Maths

Stay Home and Study Maths

Maths isn’t just for exams. Maths is for life no matter what we do. Maths has a huge effect on all our lives. Just think of the things that wouldn’t be possible without Maths. Creating spending budgets, paying for groceries, buying things on sale, and cooking meals all must deal with Maths in some way or another. One must be able to measure out ingredients, count money, and determine limits when it comes to certain tasks like the examples above. People never realise how much Maths is around them until they take a step back and look.

The Mathematics department would love you to stay engaged over the coming months despite the cancellation of exams. Below are some suggestions of books, websites, films and videos you could watch to develop your understanding of the Maths.

Reading at Home


Here are some great books that you can read at home.  They should all be available on Amazon.  Amazon will let you read a few pages online so you can see if you like the book before you buy.  

The first two books are on you tube if you would like to read along with someone else.

The Greedy Triangle
by Marilyn Burns

Balancing Act by
By Ellen Stoll Walsh

Anno’s Magic Seeds
by Mitsumasa Anno

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland By Alex Bellos

The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz

Mathematics for the Nonmathematician by Morris Kline

Math Girls
by Hiroshi Yuki

Giant Pumpkin Suite
By Melanie Heuiser Hill

Genius: The Game
By Leopoldo Gout

Hidden Figures
By Margot Lee Shetterly

Movies that you could watch.

These movies will show you the beauty of maths in real life. You can find these on Amazon or Netflix

A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind is more than just an interesting tale about a paranoid mathematician, it shares several examples of how beautiful mathematics truly is and how it applies to our everyday world.

The Man Who Knew Infinity
simply a fantastic story about the rise of a famous mathematician and a beautiful mentorship that allowed him to overcome great odds to change the field of mathematics forever.

Queen of Katwe
This relatively unknown Disney movie about 10-year-old Phiona and her incredible rise to become a chess master.

You won’t find a movie that demonstrates the tremendous role that mathematics plays in professional sports better than Moneyball.

Stand and Deliver
An incredibly inspiring true story about gang members and no-hopers working to pass their maths test.

The Martian
Probably the best STEM movie ever. There are countless scenes where Matt Damon has to use mathematics and mathematical reasoning to overcome challenges and advance his quest for survival.

October Sky
awesome STEM-themed movie that shows mathematics applied to the real-world.

Back to the Future
Comically explores maths in the context of time travel

Hidden Figures
Incredible and inspiring movie that demonstrates the power of mathematics and the fact that the subject is open to individuals of all genders and backgrounds.

Donald in Mathmagic Land
This timeless gem was made to show kids that mathematics is more than just a set of procedures and rules.
(you can watch the full movie for free on YouTube 😊).

Here are some sites that you can explore while at home.

My Maths

You will all have had your MyMaths logins sent home to you.  There are some great games on this site to test your skills.

BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons

Some great lessons for those who are missing school and want to engage their brains.

My Barton Maths

One of the best sites on the net for learning maths.

BBC Bitesize Maths

This link takes you directly to the maths section on Bitesize.

Education Quizzes

Feel like a challenge?  Test your knowledge by taking one of the quizzes on this site.

Curious about how to do something in maths?  

Sometimes we can get a problem that just niggles us and we want to find the solution straight away.   If this is happening to you then you can use the QR codes below on your phone or web cam to learn the method to find the solution to the problem.

Shape and Space

I want to know how to…



Calculate the volume of a cuboid


Draw a bearing diagram using angles 0 – 360°

Compound area

Find the area of a shape made up of triangles and rectangles (and circles)


Calculate the area of a trapezium and give units


Find the perimeter(circumference) or area of a circle or semicircle

Angle facts

Identify corresponding, alternate and opposite angles.

Use angle sum of triangle straight line etc


I want to know how to…


Simple percentages

Work out 17.5% or 44% using non calc method

Percentage increase/decrease

Increase an amount by a given percentage

Calculate the percentage an amount has been increased by

Finding 100%

Find the original price when given a sale price and % reduction.

Expressing as a percentage

Express one quantity as a percentage of another


Estimate a calculation by rounding to 1sf

Distance/ Speed/ Time

Use the triangle to find Distance, Speed or Time.


I want to know how to…



Simplify by collecting terms


Use known facts to form and solve an equation


Solve simple equations

Trial and Improvement

Use a table to find the solution of an equation

Unitary method

Find the value of 1 share and solve the problem

Unitary method


Use the given unit values to compare two currencies

Ratio (unitary)

Find the value of 1 share and solve the problem

Standard form

Write ordinary numbers in standard form and vice versa

Handling data and probability

I want to know how to…



Know that probabilities add to 1 (100%) and used this fact to work out missing probabilities


Complete probabilities on a tree diagram

Frequency table (and mean)

Calculate the total number of items represented and find the mean

Grouped data tables

Add cumulative frequency column

Draw cumulative frequency graphs


Construct box plots

Grouped data tables

Estimate the mean

Grouped data tables

Identify the median and modal classes.

Scatter graphs

Plot points on a graph

Draw a line of best fit

Describe the relationship/correlation

Use the graph to make predictions

Two-way tables

Complete and use a two-way table

Representing data

Construct a stem and leaf diagram

Questionnaires/data collection sheets

Criticise a given question

Design a suitable question

Design a suitable data collection sheet


Complete a table and plot a graph for a straight line.

Read the graph accurately.