Pupils enjoyed a bespoke post-16 experience courtesy of Keele University. They kindly offered to put on English Literature sessions that gravitated towards the focuses of the forthcoming GCSE English Literature exams. This was a crucial opportunity for Year 10 pupils who will be sitting these exams in a matter of months. The Year 9 pupils also benefited hugely from the day; they had the chance to be exposed to the Literature texts in preparation for the forthcoming GCSE year.
The group began the day with a campus tour, led by two current Keele students. As part of the tour, students discovered about life on a campus-style university and witnessed university lifestyle first-hand. Following on from this, the students were provided with a breakdown of how English is taught in the different degree pathways and how English generally plays a vital role in day-to-day life.
As the pictures show, the pupils experienced sessions that replicate the seminar set-up used in university teaching. They studied aspects of ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’ in close detail and participated in direct discussions with the lecturers who took part in the day.
Assistant Head of English