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Some Context for Students: An Inspector Calls

It’s tempting to read a book in isolation; the characters are imagined, the action just happens and we speed through the plot to get to the ending. No spoilers please! However, everything is part of a more complex web and just … Continue reading

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Of Mice and Men West Yorkshire Playhouse Review

Part of the GCSE English Literature specification for many years and still popular with many teachers, Of Mice and Men is a classic. It allows students to not only comment on character and language techniques but also the ‘historical and … Continue reading

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Why we must be taught and taught well; why we must learn how to think well.

I’m a big fan of learning which should be more obvious than it is, because as a teacher it is often easy to become a big fan of teaching. Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching too, but I want … Continue reading

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Student writing: Of Mice and Men

This is a first draft that one of my English GCSE students produced in one of our 80 minute Kip McGrath tuition sessions. Milos is an able student and we are really pushing to get an A* at GCSE. He had been … Continue reading

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William Klein: photography and stories

I visited the William Klein and Daido Moriyama  2013 exhibition one freezing Sunday in the canyons of Tate Modern. Klein is the grandfather of street photography. Long before everybody had a camera and shots of everyday life became commonplace, Klein captured … Continue reading

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Revision rocks!

Time Make an early start. When is a good time to start? The beginning of year 11 will help prepare you for mock exams typically held around Xmas. Use all available time. ‘Little and often’ is a brilliant adage to … Continue reading

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Revision Habits at GCSE

Typical C Grade Candidate Knows that half the battle with revision is starting Creates a revision timetable Uses a variety of revision techniques Systematically reduces notes to key words Learns a whole range of material relating to a topic Uses … Continue reading

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