Teaching Poetry at GCSE

Bayley explores tensions between different approaches in poetry Kings High in Bournemouth is trying to introduce new teaching techniques in English to raise GCSE grades, but some teachers are more enthusiastic than others. John Bayley works with a young acting head of English, Verity Marlow, who is line-managing Linda Knight, who has 27 years teaching experience behind her. Linda takes a Year 11 GCSE poetry class, where she experiments with using a little music and some visual material on the whiteboard.

In the feedback, Verity wants Linda to innovate further with her teaching techniques, but Linda’s preferred teaching style is more traditional, and John Bayley explores the tensions between their different approaches to teaching English.

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