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Developing exam expertise for AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2


The changes to the new GCSEs are unparalleled in that a general school examination is being reformed simultaneously in all its aspects: specifications, content, demand, assessment process, grading and school accountability. In the new English Language GCSE teachers have been working rapidly to help ...

The Power of Coaching


If this is of interest to you, see our course, "High Level Coaching". I have been teaching for over 15 years, in two very different environments. I began my career in a primary school in south London where as part of the newly qualified...

The Expert Teacher


The new GCSEs place a greater emphasis on knowledge and memory. Students are required to know, understand, and remember a lot more content than in previous exams. The challenge for many disadvantaged children is that this can create an ever-widening knowledge gap: reading and knowledge is built upon prior knowledge....

On the QT - ResearchED17


There is something deliciously masochistic about setting off at dawn, still reeling from the brutal assault of the first week of term, to ResearchED’s annual conference - ooh feel the burn! Wearing my freshly minted ‘recently qualified teacher’ mantle last year, I was determined to inoculate myself ...

Leading for Characterful Schools


All good teachers know that developing students’ character is essential in ensuring their overall success in both their personal and professional lives. Yet we also know that character development can be difficult to embed within a school ethos when we are primarily judged by academic progress. This ...

Improving Students' Levels of Literacy as a Collective Responsibility


Our world is dominated by the written word and symbols both online and in print. This means we can only contribute and participate actively if we can read and write sufficiently well. Literacy is about people’s ability to thrive in society as individuals, active citizens, employees and parents. Literate students can engage...