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Quote of the Day: Ian McEwan

If you could make a change to anything you’ve written over the years, what would it be? From my first book, First Love, Last Rites – remove all the pretentious commas doing the work of full stops and replace with full stops.

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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

Literary Anniversaries: 28 November

Today we celebrate a birth and commemorate two deaths. Let’s start with the deaths – of two beloved children’s writers: Ian Serraillier died in 1994.  You can find out more about his life and works by clicking here, where we wished

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: FREE audio and more

  “All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.” Whilst Y11 draw towards the end of their Victorian Literature studies, it’s not too

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New English GCSEs: a guide for Parents and Carers

I genuinely enjoy Parents’ Evenings, and the Year 11 event held earlier this week was no exception:  well attended, and happily, with plenty of positives to report to the families of my class.

Posted in GCSE, GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, KS4, News, Parents

Literary Anniversaries: 13 November

Casting back to my dim and distant childhood, I’m not sure if I can remember anyone who had more influence on me until I made the transition to reading ‘adult’ books than today’s birthday boy … Robert Louis Stevenson, sometimes described

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Literary Anniversaries: 31 October

Today, in 1795, the Romantic poet John Keats was born.  I seem to be writing a LOT about writers who died young at the moment.  We regularly talk about early deaths being ‘tragic’, but I think that in the case

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Calendar Update: essential KS4 dates

As the school year starts, it’s important for KS4 students AND parents to have an idea of how Years 10 and 11 will pan out. To both help with student time-management and assist parents in staying informed and supportive, I

Posted in GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, KS4, Parents

Literary Anniversaries: 30 August

There are two important anniversaries today: again a birth and a death.  In 1797 Mary Shelley was born, and in 2013, Seamus Heaney died.

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GCSE Results Day

The doors of the Library have just opened for GCSE Results – you have until midday to collect them, people!

Posted in GCSE, GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, KS4, News, Parents

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