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Revision: a list of dos and don'ts

DO Plan what you need to revise and decide on when Break each...
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Macbeth - the author of his own downfall

People like to blame Lady Macbeth for her husband's downfall ... but consider the evidence more...
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Erm.. Sir... when is Barack Obama going to die?

Things were going swimmingly. I had that lovely, tingling, teacher's 'buzz' that comes when you...
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How to teach essay writing in a way that works

When I was doing my teacher training, something I really struggled with was how to teach kids to...

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  • Why new Grammar Schools are BAD.

    David Beck GCSE English Tutor (Swindon) Picture Why new Grammar Schools are BAD. Or are they?   A recent letter to the Guardian reads: As education organisations representing hundreds of thousands of teachers, support staff, governors and other education professionals, we are united in opposing the government’s plans for expanding...
  • The Importance of Homework

    Simon Warner GCSE English Tutor (North West London) Picture                                                                     Ways Parents Can Help Children With Their Homework We all know that homework is an integral part of a child’s education. It has long been a daily concern for...
  • Storytelling

    Wendy Cavalier-Hirth GCSE English Tutor (Bournemouth) Picture Towards the end of the first year of my degree I came across a book, well it fell, almost jumped off the college library shelf at me, as I was looking for something else. It was Storytelling: Imagination and Faith by W. J. Bausch (1984). I will never know what made me read the back cover after I...


  • Poetry

    Linda de Klerk GCSE English Tutor (South East London) Picture At GSCE level you will be asked to COMPARE two poems, where you will talk about BOTH poems all the way through your answer and look at the SIMILARITES and DIFFERENCES between these two poems.  When doing your PLAN write out a table like below:   Poem 1 Ideas/subject Attitudes &...
  • Writing An Analytical English Essay Editor's Pick

    Helen M Bailey GCSE English Tutor (Rochester) Picture Writing a good essay is like following a recipe; use it as a guide and throw in a bit of personality where you can! Start with looking closely at the key question; you will need it for your introduction and paragraph signpost sentences. e.g. How does the poet use language in 'One flesh'? "HOW"...
  • Don't PANIC!!!

    Poppy Hulse GCSE English Tutor (South East London) Picture I write this on the morning of GCSE results day 2016; a morning that 16 year olds past and present associate with dread, fear and overwhelming anxiety. I had a message from one of my tutees parents yesterday who said their daughter "is too anxious to get any words out of her," my chatterbox...