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 …

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Here’s something simple, accessible but evocative, to match the increasingly-shorter days and the cold snap we have been experiencing. What stuck in my mind, from all the poems I’ve read over the years?  The idea of the icy wind being …

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We looked at Philip Larkin’s life and times when celebrating his birthday back in August – click here for that post. What more can we say?

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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, …

Quiz Time: how well do you know English phrases? Read More »

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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  Many of you will know that this coming Wednesday is St. Andrew’s Day, so I wanted – for the second week running – to use a poem by a Scottish poet.  And then, given last week’s Y11 Sixth Form …

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  “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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  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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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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Replicant, I hear you ask?  How about replacing that word with ANDROID, or ROBOT (a word, incidentally, that is less than 100 years old and comes from another word meaning ‘slave’)? But the word ‘replicant’ can only really refer to …

Quiz Time: How ‘replicant’ are you? Read More »

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