As a centre, we try really hard to get students used to being able to research effectively and to be discerning when looking at critical views. For our AQA A Level English Literature Non Exam Assessment, we teach all critical viewpoints in the critical anthology (Marxism, Feminism, Post Colonialism etc) and let them loose in … Continue reading A Level English Teacher, ‘Try Me’ No.2: Introducing research skills for AQA Lit NEA
This is a little like how I imagine the finished building to look (white windows and doors and up/down lights), but a similar finish. 22nd January 2019: A few months ago, I had an idea- wouldn't it be brilliant to have an office in the garden? Insulated with electric, wifi, all the mod cons? A … Continue reading Project 2019: Home Office Build
Getting students to understand texts as a construct can be difficult, it's a common trope for students to 'get lost' in the characters or language of a text without considering some of the wider concepts covered. They may know particular moments or scenes well, but won't always consider the wider context of these moments or … Continue reading English Teacher, ‘Try Me’ No.1- Conceptualised responses for GCSE and A level/ challenge activity
Photo by Magda Ehlers on Pexels.com After some discussions with various colleagues, a couple of members of my department and I have been experimenting with how we give essay feedback to Year 12 and 13 students. We usually like to mix things up by using whole class feedback and 1-2-1 meetings (which are hugely beneficial … Continue reading Is ‘Recorded Verbal Feedback’ the way forward for KS5?
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com After the initial first days of feeling quite lost at the end of a term, I finally relax and live a different life for a little while. Holidays give me the much-needed distance away from the day-to-day challenges and school routine (not least being able to go to the toilet … Continue reading A New Year Guide for Middle Leaders (New and Old!)
After listening to Daisy Christodoulou speak at the West Midlands Knowledge Hub last month and reading her book ‘ The Future of Assessment for Learning’, I decided to finally take the leap and trial ‘No More Marking’ in our department. As with every other English department (I’m guessing!) marking easily becomes unmanageable and it is … Continue reading Comparative Judgement Trial and The Feedback Question
The best lessons are often those that originate at interesting and unexpected moments- unsurprisingly not the ones that you agonise over for hours. This idea for a lesson came around 20 minutes before the lesson began(!), but I had some very happy customers at the end of the lesson and a clear sense that students … Continue reading Year 12 Poetry Escape Room?
3 ways to step up the challenge in Key Stage Three English Shortly before the half term break, I asked a number of Year 13 students if they could remember the moment that solidified their decision to study English at A level. The responses were interesting: some of them said it was a particular teacher … Continue reading Three Ways to Step Up the Challenge at KS3 (NACE Blog)
In September 2016, I decided that I wanted to learn how to plaster walls. It was a niggling thought from years ago- I had been one of two girls at GCSE who wanted to take the BTEC Building and Construction course that my school offered. I moved schools in Year 10, just before the plastering … Continue reading Plastering?
Thanks for joining me! I've toyed with the idea of writing a blog for some time. Initially, I've felt uncomfortable with my voice being out there for all to read- but after some really useful mentoring as part of a senior leadership programme, I started to value the opportunity to reason with my own … Continue reading The Journey Begins