We have prepared these GCSE AQA-style exam practice papers to give you a helping hand – and to promote the Orwell Youth Prize. We ask in return that you consider doing one of the following:
- Tell students about the Orwell Youth Prize. The theme for 2022 is ‘Coming Up For Air: Writing the Climate Crisis’
- Encourage students to develop their written work so they can enter the Prize. One way of doing this would be to give them a chance to redraft the writing section of one or both exams, making that an entry for the Prize.
- Develop the written work of students, either inside or outside lessons. They can write in ANY form for the Prize (maximum 1000 words for Years 9-11 and 1500 words for Years 12-13). Find out more about the resources we offer teachers here.
- Host an Orwell Youth Prize workshop at your school or college. Find out more here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
One word of advice. The materials will be less familiar to students than a typical GCSE exam – and the content is certainly at the more demanding end -so it may be worthwhile giving students a very brief introduction to Orwell and some aspects of the Second World War period before setting the exam as practice.
We hope you find these materials useful – and we welcome feedback on them or any aspects of the Prize programme.
Good luck with your Year 11s this year!
Mick Callanan, Delivery Director