World Book Day: What we are planning

World Book Day: What we are planning

World Book Day is an exciting time of year, when teachers have settled comfortably into the routine of the year and new classes but before the pressure ramps up with summer exams. It is an opportunity to let your creativity out and let your bookishness reign. Our school included in their calendar this year a [...]

‘Progress Packs’ and How We Use Them

‘Progress Packs’ and How We Use Them

In 2013 I started as an NQT in a new-build academy in a largely young and adventurous English department. Much of my practice was shaped by my time there and one of the best creations which I have taken to other schools has been our ‘Progress Pack’. A somewhat gimmicky title coined by my HOD [...]

Quotation Retention Challenge: Week 1

'To Kill a Mockingbird' A practical way to enhance the memorisation of quotes for closed book examinations involves repetition and continuous revisiting. Students: reading your quotations once or twice before an exam or an assessment will not allow it to embed itself into your long term memory. However repeat this quotation for a week, pull [...]