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Analysing Poetry

Analysing a poem, particularly under exam conditions, can prove a daunting task. Here I have...
A-level English

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Which English A Level Should You Choose?

This is the time of year when year 11 students begin to think about the next stage of their...
GCSE English

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How to Write an Intro to a Comparative Essay

Often my GCSE students are thrown when they first find themselves confronted by an essay asking...
Key Stage 3 English

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How To Get Your Child To Start Reading

How To Get Your Child To Start Reading As an English teacher and tutor I am often told by...

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  • The New GCSE - Is Reality Starting to Bite?

    Christine Thomas GCSE English Tutor (Durham) Picture I know we need to move on and in some respects it is pointless comparing but having just supported a North East school to prepare their Year 11 for IGCSE and for AQA cert in Literature, and then in addition to this put schemes of work and teacher training in place for the current Year 10 to...
  • Pigeons and Crayola: African American English

    Farhaz J English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Croydon) Picture English is a colonial language, so its history is mired with tyranny and exploitation. This has ultimately resulted in, as Jenkins (2009, p. 56) writes, ‘the devaluing of local language and culture’. This occurred through a devaluing of the non-British ‘other’, as being not in accordance...
  • Shakespeare and Romantic Love

    Kate Julia McCarthy A-level English Tutor (North London) Picture The poetry of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is dynamised by an interanimation between passion and death. As a Tragedy, this dynamic provides the emotional force of the play, but also serves to show the Tragic potential inherent in the structure of loving itself, whilst exposing the difficulty...


  • Indispensable (adj.) – synonym: essential

    Lucy Roberts English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Swindon) Picture While the internet is an incredible resource and one I use frequently, I still love physical reference books. The Oxford Book of Quotations, Brewerʼs Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, Fowlerʼs Modern English Usage... Many a happy hour has been whiled away with these, and others. When it comes...
  • Page to screen: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

    Tristessa Moore A-level English Tutor (Hull) Picture The following is my blogged response to the BBC's recent adaptation (2015) of Susanna Clarke's novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2004) which was part of my Masters thesis on magicians in literature and film, including Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (2006) starring Hugh Jackman and...
  • Reading is the key to improved English

    Mrs. Marlene Poteratchi Key Stage 2 English Tutor (Kingston upon Thames) Picture In my vast and varied experience of teaching pupils of all ages, it has become quite clear to me that the biggest hindrance to a child succeeding in all forms of English tests (reading, writing and comprehension) is down to the amount of reading they have done form infancy. Unfortunately, boys...