English Teacher, ‘Try Me’ No.1- Conceptualised responses for GCSE and A level/ challenge activity

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

A New Year Guide for Middle Leaders (New and Old!)

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!)

Comparative Judgement Trial and The Feedback Question

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

Year 12 Poetry Escape Room?

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?

Three Ways to Step Up the Challenge at KS3 (NACE Blog)

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)