Accelerating Progress: English


What is it?

ASDAN’s Accelerating Progress course in English has been designed to support students in the new, tougher English GCSE in England. It has a special focus on helping learners gain a 4 or a 5, which promotes their progression on to post-16 education as well as helping them succeed in training, apprenticeships or employment. 

The new English GCSE specification is broader, more challenging and requires more whole-text understanding. This extra degree of difficulty means that certain students will require more support to help them secure a pass. Accelerating Progress addresses this key issue faced by GCSE learners and schools.

The  programme has been written by a practising English specialist with experience in helping learners make good progress and realise their full potential. 

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Who is it for?

The course has been designed to support learners in Years 10 and 11 in England. 

It can also be used to support post-16 students undertaking GCSE resits in English. The course lends itself to the more independent learning undertaken by post-16 students, who can log into the e-platform whenever they want and work through the course at their own time and pace. It encourages learners to take control of their own workload, which is an important skill to develop in education and the workplace. 

If desired, these courses can also be used in Years 8 and 9 to explore the more challenging aspects of the specification before starting their GCSEs. 

How can it be delivered?

This flexible course can be delivered in a variety of different ways, including during after-school intervention sessions and for students retaking their English GCSE in Years 12 and 13. The 7 ways to embed Accelerating Progress poster gives further details. 

One of the many advantages to the Accelerating Progress course is that it has been designed so that non-specialists, as well as fully qualified teachers, can deliver it. The nature of the course means it can be delivered by a wide variety of school staff, which gives schools more options for delivery.

Facts and Figures

Course details

Through Accelerating Progress programmes, students complete engaging challenges, collect evidence of their work and identify skills development. 

The course identifies the key skills that hold learners back from gaining a grade 4 or 5. They were selected following teacher feedback, exam script analysis and reviewing the outcomes from a range of students in Years 10 and 11. The skills are:

  • understanding the purpose of a text
  • understanding the audience a text is written for
  • explaining the effects of language and structure
  • understanding writers’ choices, such as point of view
  • being able to retrieve information

The course will challenge students to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills. This will support learners in formulating and expressing their own opinions – one of the key requirements of the new GCSE.

The personalised learning aspect – the way in which the learner has choice over challenges – boosts engagement, motivation and enthusiasm. Students who have choice in the classroom take ownership of their learning. They also feel motivated by being able to see their progress.


Accelerating Progress allows learners to log in and see the challenges they have been assigned by their tutor in terms of what’s been started, submitted and approved. A progress bar shows how much of the course the student has completed in percentages. These visual presentations of progress highlight the students’ achievements. The e-portfolio, in which students compile evidence of their achievements, is another representation of the learners’ accomplishments.

Each learner will require their own registration to access the Accelerating Progress e-portfolio system. This allows learners to input their completed challenges and upload their evidence for tutors to sign off online.

A demo of the e-portfolio system is available for centres that wish to view the course content before registering their learners: 

Learner resources

The e-portfolio system also includes resources to support learners as they complete their challenges.

Tutor support manual

A tutor support manual is available for the Accelerating Progress English course. These resources have been designed to support experienced practitioners as well as non-specialists in delivering the courses.

The manual includes detailed tutor notes for each challenge and information on subject-specific skills development. Print copies of the manuals include an electronic version.

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the Centre Registration Form. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that Accelerating Progress is added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase e-portfolio logins and access additional resources and guidance via the members area of this website. 

ASDAN members area

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for Accelerating Progress, you can find further information and resources in the members area. This section of the website contains all the essential documents, forms and updates that you need to deliver your course.

There is no limit to the number of people from a centre who can register to use the members area. You can create a new user account using the online form. 


Once students' work has been internally moderated, centres can request certificates for successful candidates from ASDAN.

There is no external moderation for this programme, although ASDAN reserves the right to request samples of candidates' work for quality assurance purposes.


All student book, certification and registration prices shown below are per learner, unless otherwise stated.

Item Price
Accelerating Progress tutor support manual (per course) £139.00 +VAT
1-29 learner registrations £9.00
30-49 learner registrations £8.00
50+ learner registrations £7.00
Accelerating Progress PDF certificate Free
Accelerating Progress printed and foiled certificate (optional, per learner, per course) £2.35


All prices valid from 1 September 2019 until 31 August 2020. Prices are shown exclusive of VAT. 

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