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The Science of Revision …

With mock exams coming up for Years 11, 12 and 13, this feels like a timely article from The Guardian. We all work in different ways, and you need to find a style that helps you.  Personally, I find writing

Posted in A Level Creative Writing, A Level Language, A Level Literature, GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, KS4, KS5

Quiz Time: how well do you know English phrases?

Let’s start the month with another quiz! English is full of colloquialisms – informal words or phrases – and my students get to hear quite a few strange ones, with my Southern dialect confusing their Northern ears … for instance,

Posted in A Level Language, Enrichment, Fun and Games

And the ‘Word of the Year’ for 2016 is … ?

  Once again, Oxford Dictionaries have announced their words of the year. Last year, you might know that the title was won by an emoji – a sign of the times? Can you guess which words made it into the top

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10 women who changed Science Fiction

It’s no secret that I am an avid Science Fiction reader, or that I really admire Margaret Atwood.  But she’s not by any means the only important woman writing in the field – SF is as much for, and by,

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A2 / AS Exam Results

A massive congratulations to our Y12 and Y13 students on their exam results today. I’m away from Ulverston at the moment, and so unable to name individuals (needing to check for the relevant media permissions first), but we’re delighted to see your effort

Posted in A Level, A Level Creative Writing, A Level Language, A Level Literature, KS5, Student Excellence

Useful Links page is now up and running

The observant amongst you will have noticed a ‘Useful Links’ tab on the top menu of the blog for a couple of weeks now. Only the downright nosy will probably have realised that the tab is now active, and we are

Posted in A Level Creative Writing, A Level Language, A Level Literature, Enrichment, GCSE, GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, KS3, KS4, KS5, Parents

Language and Power: Inside the Commons

For those of you who are not familiar with the way in which our House of Commons works, this series of programmes provides a useful oversight which you may find helpful when we look at the language of politics. Catch

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Language and Power

Read My Lips: Why Politicians Speak the Way They Do Tony Blair’s former Chief of Staff Jonathan Powell explores the principles which underlie some of the most famous political speeches of the last century. Why do politicians reiterate things three

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Beyond the reading wars

Michael Morpurgo – former Children’s Laureate, writer, father, grandfather and ardent advocate for children’s reading – explores how the seminal experience of learning to read has changed over the last 70 years. It is a subject close to his heart

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Easy as ABC

Michael Morpurgo explores how the seminal experience of learning to read has changed over the last 70 years. In June 2012, all Year One children in English primary schools will sit a compulsory new “Phonics Screening Check”. Meanwhile, authoritative studies

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