New English set texts added to Discovery Education Secondary service in response to updated GCSEs and school partners’ needs Discovery Education, as part of its core mission to empower teachers and engage pupils with high-quality, engaging digital content, adds over seventy videos and teaching resources for English set texts to prepare students and teachers for the GCSEs, and accommodate school partners’ needs. UNITED KINGDOM (23 September 2015) – Discovery Education announced the addition of over 70 videos for set texts, novels set by an exam board, which students are asked to study for their English Literature GCSEs. These new learning tools were developed in response to the latest round of exam updates in September. “We are continuously updating our services, because we want to be sure our material is up-to-date with the latest curriculum so we can support teachers in delivering great teaching and learning. Discovery Education released the new set texts to address the demand by English teachers and students for 2015 GCSE content and to expand our offering across a range of specs for English,” explains Anna Vaughan, Curriculum Strategy and Development Manager at Discovery Education. The videos cover the various areas a student must explore with the novel: language, theme, characters, context, etc. This includes looking at the contextual influences of a novel, for example exploring the real 19th century science behind Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, investigating how language is manipulated in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, or how Jane Austen represents the privilege of Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. Alongside lesson plans, these resources will allow students and teachers to prepare with assurance for their English Literature exams. These engaging and helpful videos, which are ideal as lesson starters or as revision materials, were created specifically for all current GCSEs. While teachers will also find some of the set texts resources suitable for Key Stage 3 study. All of these resources are available within the schools’ Discovery Education Secondary subscription. Discovery Education Secondary is a new digital service, offering video-rich, cross-curricular, dynamic content, designed to empower teachers and inspire students to reach their full potential. The programme provides thousands of digital resources to support the teaching of the curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.