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  • Top 10 Mistakes Students Make in English GCSEs

    So often students ask me questions like: "What's an easy way to get top marks?" and "What do you get the 8 marks for?" as if there is an easy mark-...
  • Accidental Learning

    I've been thinking a lot recently about what makes learning enjoyable. There have always been elements of my education that I have enjoyed, but equ...
  • R-E-V-I-S-E: Find out what it means to me

    Curiosity feeds learning, and sadly if there's one thing lacking from exercise books, old notes and revision guides, it's curiosity. 

    Go and be curious, go and learn, and enjoy it.

  • Educational Time Travel

    Although it is evident that a lot has changed in education in the last 100 years or so (i.e. we no longer teach such abhorrent texts and attitudes about other cultures; schools are more inclusive; corporal punishment is no longer legal), it seems to me that our modern curriculum is outdated and we keep looking back to the past in fear, rather than being brave and looking forward to ensure that students are prepared for the future. 
  • My Favourite Author

    By pure chance/great marketing, I stumbled across Ali Smith in 2014 when her novel How to be Both had been shortlisted for the Costa Book of the Ye...
  • Why the Hay Festival became an instant favourite

    The Hay Festival is touted as one of the highlights of the literary calendar, and rightly so! I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that 2018 marked my first year of attendance, but I can confidently state that I'll be a regular attender from now on.
  • Combatting Writer's Block

    Creativity is never guaranteed, and as such, it's unsurprising that such wonders as writer's block exist. My sister works in a creative industry an...
  • GCSE Resits - November 2018: Last Minute Revision

    While yes, perhaps you need that pass mark to finally stop studying English, or you want that 7, 8, or 9 to set yourself apart from the competition, you are so much more than a number on a piece of paper - you can always attempt it again, or prove yourself in other ways!
  • Black History Month: issues with representation in the school curriculum

    Black History Month is a UK celebration that spans the month of October. Unfortunately, it is a celebration that as a teacher signals to me the sho...
  • Choosing Books

    So, how do I choose three books for each monthly book club? And how do I make sure they all fit under the same theme?
  • Blooming great resources

    Why do Grouty's Guide book club activities use Bloom's taxonomy?

    Regardless of how confident a reader is, it is important that there are activities everyone can succeed with. Also, because the skills become more complex as you work up the hierarchy, each activity acts as a stepping stone to move on to the next, meaning that you are supported in making progress. 

  • Is Listening Cheating?

    As we all know, variety is the spice of life, and when it comes to reading, the more you do the better.