Five ways to proofread – both for you and your students

We all know what it's like, you post something online, or send an all-staff e-mail, then notice the glaringly obvious mistake in the first line. That happens because when you read something you've just written, you read what you want it to say - not what's actually written. This is something that affects me, both as …

Five ways to keep your lessons inspiring at the end of term

Any term that's over six weeks in length is a struggle. They're all getting tired, losing focus and becoming irritable - and that's just us teachers. Personally, I always aim to get any assessments done within the first six weeks of term. Getting the most out of students (and yourself) is really hard after this. …

AQA Literature exam question flashcards

Flashcards with questions on, Jekyll and Hyde, Power and Conflict poetry, Macbeth and An Inspector Calls. These flashcards cover sections from four of the topics my year 11 students need for their upcoming English Literature exams. We're getting to the point now that students just need to practise planning questions quickly. Not agonizing over it, just …

My Author Journey – six steps to help you write your first novel

I'm an English teacher with a dream to write novels. It's something that's been in the background of my mind for years but recently I made the decision to get started. I've been working on it over the last few months, and now have - by hook and crook - a (very rough) first draft. …