Short courses


Primary to Secondary English Grammar for Teachers (Online Course)

  • 9:30am to 1pm
  • 3.5 hours


This online course for secondary school teachers will help you bridge the gap between primary and secondary English grammar.

You'll learn how grammar is taught at KS-2 based on the national curriculum, and how teachers at KS-3 can maintain continuity that helps pupils with non-fiction reading and writing in English and other subjects. 

This course is taught by UCL experts and is brought to you by the team that runs Englicious, a free online learning and teaching resource for English grammar.

What is Englicious?

Englicious is a free online English grammar resource for primary and secondary schools. It includes lesson plans, exercises and projects that you can carry out with your pupils. 

It's based on extensive research into contemporary written and spoken English grammar and includes fun lesson plans that look at traditional English, as well as contemporary sources like Dizzee Rascal.

Englicious is structured around the 2014 UK National Curriculum.

Course content

The course will cover:

  • an overview of grammar as conceived in the current national curriculum 
  • requirements and reasons for teaching grammar at secondary and primary level 
  • important grammar for pupils to know
  • common misconceptions and changes in terminology
  • how grammar can be practically used to improve reading and writing 

Who this course is for

The course is designed for secondary school teachers, especially those teaching lower year groups.

It may also be useful for any primary or secondary school teacher who would like to improve their knowledge and teaching skills of English grammar.

Trainee teachers, NQTs and any teachers wishing to improve their English grammar knowledge are welcome. 

Structure, teaching and certification

This course is an online interactive seminar, taught via Microsoft Teams. You'll receive an email with the invitation and instructions a week before the course starts.

You instructor will guide you through the core principles and techniques. There will be plenty of opportunities for trying activities, questions and discussions. 

A certificate of attendance will be issued on request for those who attend the whole course.

Learning outcomes

This course will help you:

  • understand basic concepts of English grammar, as laid out in the national curriculum
  • develop a stronger command of key English grammar terminology, as used in the national curriculum
  • bridge the gap between Key Stage 2 and 3
  • use grammar to improve your pupils' non-fiction reading and writing skills

Costs and concessions

The full cost of this course is £49.

A reduced rate is available for:

  • UCL alumni: £39
  • students and trainee teachers: £25

You may be asked to provide proof of your status.

Run this course as an inset day

If you’re a school, college or university, and have a large numbers of students we would be happy to discuss special rates. To run this course as an inset day, please contact the Survey of English Usage team by email on ucleseu@ucl.ac.uk to discuss.

    Course team

    Luke Pearce

    Luke Pearce

    Luke is an Associate Lecturer in English Language/Linguistics at UCL and works on the Englicious project. He has also worked for over 10 years as an English teacher. He's taught English as a foreign language overseas and English for academic purposes courses at university. He's also taught GCSE English Language and Functional Skills in secondary schools and further education providers. He has a CELTA, PGCE and Master's in Education and Language from the University of Sheffield. For his dissertation, he conducted a critical discourse analysis into the role of regional varieties of English in the GCSE English Language specification.

    Learner reviews

    Feedback from related courses ‘English Grammar for Teachers’ and ‘Teaching English Grammar in Context’:

    “I got loads of really lovely teaching ideas and activities as well as learning how to prioritise children’s learning of grammar.”

    “This course went beyond my expectations. It was incredibly engaging and insightful, so many working examples to utilise and be excited to try in the classroom.” 

    “Very practical. Great examples. Pitched at the right level. Excellent presentation.”

    Course information last modified: 6 Sep 2023, 16:30