English hub schools network
Our English hub schools organise free, local events where you can network with other teachers. Join a warm, like-minded community to grow your skills and share your knowledge.
Our networks meet in person each term to:
- discuss ideas and strategies
- share resources and experiences
- connect with neighbouring schools and fellow teachers
- hear the latest from AQA.
Autumn 2017 meetings
Join us this autumn for the sessions that are most relevant to your teaching.
GCSE English Literature
Our autumn hub school meeting for GCSE English Literature teachers will cover the following topics:
- text choices and common misconceptions
- exploring AO3 and context
- preparing students for poetry.
AS and A-level English Literature
Our autumn hub school meeting for AS and A-level English Literature teachers will cover the following topics:
- Session 1 – Specification A: Making effective use of the extract and tackling passage-based questions (exploring AO4 and AO5, and what it means to 'answer the question')
- Session 2 – Lit A and B: GCSE to A-level transition and how the new linear GCSE English Literature specification might influence your planning
- Session 3 – Lit B: Tackling passage-based questions, problem points, blank verse and prose, and what it means to 'answer the question'.
Previous meetings and resources
Summer 2017: GCSE English specifications
At this session we explained what we do to make sure students get the right results, including information on how grade boundaries are set.
Summer 2017: AS and A-level English Language and Literature
The first network session exclusively for teachers of AS and A-level English Language and Literature (7706, 7707) focused on lessons learned from first teaching of the new specifications.
Spring 2017: GCSE English Language
This GCSE-based session focused on the transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4.
- Handout: the KS3 to KS4 transition
- Handout: Paper 1 Question 3: further insights – how structure is assessed
Spring 2017: AS and A-level English Language
These networking sessions focused on less familiar areas of the A-level English Language specification, as identified by your feedback.
- Handout: Language discourses
- Handout: Child language
- Handout: Guide to writing realistic papers: Assessment guide
Autumn 2016: GCSE English Literature
These network meetings included discussions on independent learning, featuring items for both literature and language teachers.
- Handout: GCSE English Literature mark scheme support
- Handout: Texts to support ‘viewpoints and perspectives’
Autumn 2016: AS and A-level English Literature specifications
These sessions focused on the two A-level English Literature specifications, and the theme was independent learning.
- Handout: AS English Literature A report on the exam (condensed)
- Handout: AS English Literature B report on the exam (condensed)
- Handout: Case studies for approaching A-level English Literature
You can find presentations and resources from earlier English hub school network meetings on Secure Key Materials (SKM) on e-AQA.
We also offer a range of professional development and training courses to help you teach our specifications. Browse our current courses