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These resources span my career; from my period of teaching unqualified, through to an AST of English & Director of Teaching & Learning. Although my specialism is English, I have taught GCSE Citzienship, Language and Lit, Media Studies, Maths & History. I have also taught all of those at Key Stage 3, so there is an eclectic mix here. As the main trainer in my previous school, I have uploaded many insets and training session powerpoints too.

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These resources span my career; from my period of teaching unqualified, through to an AST of English & Director of Teaching & Learning. Although my specialism is English, I have taught GCSE Citzienship, Language and Lit, Media Studies, Maths & History. I have also taught all of those at Key Stage 3, so there is an eclectic mix here. As the main trainer in my previous school, I have uploaded many insets and training session powerpoints too.
Teacher Training Session - Differentiation
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Teacher Training Session - Differentiation

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This is a full powerpoint with resources at the back of it, designed to help someone to lead a twilight session (approximately 1 1/2hrs to 2hrs) on why we need to differentiate and ideas of how it can be done. The session is interactive with little exercises for the teachers to take art in s that they can consider the impact of the structures for differentiating in their own classrooms. Training covers differentiation for different types of learners as well as ability. If you're buying this, you will need to have some knowledge of differentiation to deliver it, so that you can deconstruct the activities after you have tried them with the trainees.
Poster – AFOREST Persuasive Writing
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Poster – AFOREST Persuasive Writing

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Poster – AFOREST Persuasive Writing This is a poster that can be used as a teaching aid / revision sheet for reminding students of the acronym AFOREST – handy tool for pupils books or for display in your classroom.
What Am I? Starter to recap on Language devices
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What Am I? Starter to recap on Language devices

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Another little literacy starter that can be copied and pasted into any lesson to add a literacy element to it. This one tries to get pupils to deipher bewteen language techniques, presentational devices and persuasive techniques.
8 Lessons KS3 based on AQA Writer's Viewpoint Question. Writing scheme of work.
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8 Lessons KS3 based on AQA Writer's Viewpoint Question. Writing scheme of work.

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This is a Key Stage 3 Writing scheme of work that consists of 8 full lesson PowerPoint's and culminates in a writing assessment that mirrors that AQA Language Writer's Viewpoint question for the new specification. Each lesson uses reading skills to help pupils to investigate a variety of texts and to build up an information bank on the topic of the question - which is about teenagers. There are no references to levels / assessment within this scheme so any teacher can add their own assessment model or mark with the AQA Exam criteria.
Writing Assessment Materials (whole assessment system) - KS3 and KS4 - Grade descriptors 1-9
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Writing Assessment Materials (whole assessment system) - KS3 and KS4 - Grade descriptors 1-9

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In brief, this resource is a full assessment system that can be used both in English and other subjects (literacy across the curriculum) in order to assess the writing grades of students and to help them to diagnose their own areas for development, as well as setting targets for improving writing skills. This is not available anywhere else other than on the TES This system is all my own work and I have created the grade descriptors from scratch, using: The GCSE descriptors or writing from AQA and Edexcel combined – therefore, they are as generic as they can be and are not board specific. My own extensive experience of English teaching and exam marking. Basically, I have broken down each grade from 1-9 and matched them to the skills that pupils should need in order to achieve the grade (as a best fit). This has been done by calculating how old GCSE grades (A*-G) correlate against 1-9 and benchmarking a low C at the Grade 4. Obviously, there will be variation of grades at the end of the GCSE year for year 11, as they are set on a national curve BUT these resources lay the foundations for assessment in KS3 and to ensure that teachers within a school or department can benchmark and describe what they expect each grade to look like and what students need to be able to do to hit a grade in writing. Therefore offering complete consistency and clarity for students and teachers within a school. The resource includes: Grade descriptors for writing for 1-9 9 assessment sheets for each grade 1-9 for both AO4 and AO5 9 assessment sheets for each grade 1-9 for punctuation only, so that teachers can break down the focus if they want to A training PowerPoint for all staff that allows the lead to deliver a fully interactive session All resources for that session A training PowerPoint for the English dept. that allows the lead to deliver a full explanation of how to use the materials All resources for that session This resource is all ready for you to start working with as soon as you download it.
Revision Booster Session - AQA GCSE Language - How to tackle to reading section paper 1
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Revision Booster Session - AQA GCSE Language - How to tackle to reading section paper 1

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This is a 64 slide powerpoint that breaks down the whole of GCSE Language Paper 1 section A, and guides students through a series of activities that show them how to tackle to the paper. It can be used for a revision booster session before the exam or taken apart and split into several lessons. All resources are at the end of the ppt. This is pitched to help students move from lower grades into solid grade 5.
AQA Lit. Macbeth Response - How to get the grade 8 or 9
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AQA Lit. Macbeth Response - How to get the grade 8 or 9

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This is a full lesson on ppt. that has been put together to help students to understand how to achieve the 8 or 9 grade in English Lit. Using the ‘Lady Macbeth as a powerful woman’ question from AQA, this lesson deconstructs specifically how students can use the extract to go ‘in and out’ of the text, referencing everything that would be critical to a grade 8/9 response. Success criteria: To know the criteria for level 6 responses. To understand what ‘going in and out’ of the extract means. To know how to analyse key words / phrases to Grade 8 / 9 standard. To understand the difference between quotes and references. To understand what subject terminology is. To better understand what a critical writing style is. All of the resources are at the end of the ppt.
An Inspector Calls AQA Lit 2017 How to Tackle The Question / Revision materials
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An Inspector Calls AQA Lit 2017 How to Tackle The Question / Revision materials

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This is a series of lessons to help prepare students for the AQA Lit question on An Inspector Calls (new spec 2017 exam). All lessons presume that the play has been read and studied and these are purely to help revise key themes and to detail to students exactly how they need to write a response - pitched at that is from Grade 4 to Grade 9 - there are two sets of lessons and they are differentiated. The first ppt. picks out key themes and encourages a framework for students to revise the key themes in the play on their own or by themselves. i.e they skim read looking for quotes. The other ppt.s (differentiated versions - one is 4-7; the other is 5-9) show students how to write effectively about the play whilst hitting the mark scheme. Students are given copies of the generic AQA mark scheme that they break down and use to help them to understand how to succeed. They also mark sample answers / WAGOLLs for success against the markscheme to help their understanding of how to write their own. There are example answers - never seen before, created by me with a formula for how to write responses to highest grades. Best to teach the Revision lesson, followed by the TEE lesson, then let students answer the exam style question. In the next two lessons, then reteach HOW to shape and answer and introduce MAD (Make a Difference) Time - showing and reminding students exactly what they should have done. Also included is a really useful quote sheet for AIC to help students to learn key quotes.
AQA GCSE Literature (1-9) - Macbeth - paper 1, section A - Getting to 8s and 9s
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AQA GCSE Literature (1-9) - Macbeth - paper 1, section A - Getting to 8s and 9s

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This is a GCSE booster session for the more able students that will take approximately 2 1/2 hours to deliver (2 if some of the work is given as flip learning - i.e the first tasks). It is a full powerpoint that uses all of the techniques that AQA are suggesting will help candidates to get to the 8s and 9s. It is set up, ready to be delivered and the resource booklet is also included at the end of the ppt. Aswith all of my sessions, tasks and instructions are clear and embedded so that it can be delivered as it stands. This is the first in a series of booster sessions that is targeting the more able and the others will rely on the techniques shown in this one for them to be successful. The session delivers exam technique and how to write the exam style question - it does not reteach content at all. There are WAGOLLs throughout an the focus is on a critical style of writing, references and what subject terminology is. This session could also be adapted to train teachers who are teaching top sets in GCSE Lit. Success Criteria: To know the criteria for level 6 responses (Grade 8 and 9). To understand what ‘going in and out’ of the extract means. To know how to analyse key words / phrases to Grade 8 / 9 standard. To understand the difference between quotes and references. To understand what subject terminology is. To better understand what a critical writing style is.
2017 Edexcel GCSE Language Revsion Lesson - Walking Talking Mock Style based on Little Women Extract
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2017 Edexcel GCSE Language Revsion Lesson - Walking Talking Mock Style based on Little Women Extract

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This is a full lesson (but it is likely to span over two) that uses the Edexcel specimen material for the new GCSE Language (2017) with the extract for Little Women - I have uploaded the specimen material for ease with this material. You can get the students to sit the paper and then go through the lesson with them afterwards, showing them what they should have done OR use the lesson to deconstruct a first go at the paper. This is perfect in preparation for the exam as revision or to introduce the format of the exam to the students.
AQA GCSE Drama Section C - Live Performance question Training for teachers and materials to teach
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AQA GCSE Drama Section C - Live Performance question Training for teachers and materials to teach

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This is a ppt. of 42 original slides that have been created to train drama teachers on the new section C of the AQA Drama GCSE. The materials, although used to train teachers were created so that they could be used to actually teach so, what you have in this ppt is a series of tasks that can be delivered to students so that they have a full overview of the scheme of assessment for the whole course, what the exam looks like, how it is marked and then how to tackle the section C question. There is a break down of the mark scheme and a suggested structure for how to answer with example answers that can be marked and used as a template. It would take approx. 3 to 4 lessons to teach to students.
Edexcel Drama GCSE 2016 1-9 Exam Questions 9a and 9b - Lessons on how to analyse and evaluate
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Edexcel Drama GCSE 2016 1-9 Exam Questions 9a and 9b - Lessons on how to analyse and evaluate

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This resource is a huge ppt. consisting of 51 slides with activities and resources designed to enable a teacher to adapt the learning based on where you get to, in each lesson, by entering a new slide with a LO at the start. Alternatively, it could be taught in a whole chunk - which would probably take a full day. The materials break down which part of the exam students are focussing on, how it fits in, what the question will look like and then how to tackle it effectively. The material shows the different stages from analysis to evaluation and draw in links from English teaching to help students to write evaluatively effectively. Aiming for top band on each of the two questions, this resource will help teachers to really deconstruct how students can get the best answers in this section and offers WAGOLLs for both questions to start students off. The WAGOLLs are based on a performance of Our Town - but you can obviously adapt .
2017 GCSE English AQA Language Paper 1 Full reading section revsion booster or first teaching
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2017 GCSE English AQA Language Paper 1 Full reading section revsion booster or first teaching

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This is one powerpoint that covers all 4 questions on the reading section for GCSE Language (AQA). There is also a tiny section on descriptive writing. It is created in the walking / talking mock style so that the teacher can guide students through each question and how to answer it. There are model answers, model annotations on custom animation (so that they can be revealed and they are set up to answer questions), and sections that are set up for students to complete their own answers. Techniques are suggested for students to use for each question; including models of evaluative statements for question 4. Perfect for a ful last minute revision session that you wont need to plan but, equally, the ppt. can be broken down into separate lessons that show students how to tackle each question. The mark schemes used only cover level 3 and 4 skills as the ppt. is designed to help students hit at least grade 4. All resources are at the end of the ppt.
A Series of Number Lessons - BIDMAS, Factorising, Algebra Working up from Grade G to C
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A Series of Number Lessons - BIDMAS, Factorising, Algebra Working up from Grade G to C

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This is a collection of full number lessons that can be adapted for 1-9 that work through from Grade G all the way up to B grade in order to show pupils how to go from various different stages of number work. There are a series of starters, settlers, quizzes, group and independent tasks within each of these lessons and everyone of them can be adapted with minimal work. No lesson that you download will ever be the final product and this is obviously reflected in the minimal price which is designed to reflect the hours of work that you will obviously see has been put into the lessons. In factor work, the scheme covers: B · Expand the product of two linear expressions B · Factorise quadratic expressions including using the difference of two squares C · Change the subject of a simple formula C · Use simple instances of index laws to simplify and calculate the value of numerical expressions involving multiplication and division of integer powers, and of powers of a power D · Substitute positive, negative and fractional numbers into expressions such as 3x² + 4 and 2x³ D · Write expressions using squares and cubes D · Derive a simple formula, including those with squares, cubes and roots D · Factorise algebraic expressions by taking out common factors D · Multiply a single term over a bracket E · Write an expression using the four operations. E · Substitute numbers into a formula F · Simplify algebraic expressions in one or more like terms, by adding and subtracting like terms F · Understand the difference between the word ‘equation’, ‘formula’, and ‘expression’ and be able to select an equation, formula or expression from a list F · Use formulae from mathematics and other subjects expressed initially in words and then using letters and symbols G · Use notation and symbols correctly WT Use a simple flow chart with one or two operations
Writing a Book Review - 3 complete lessons that deconstruct reviews and show pupils how to write one
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Writing a Book Review - 3 complete lessons that deconstruct reviews and show pupils how to write one

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These are 3 complete lessons that deconstruct the ingredients, tone and structure of book reviews and show pupils how to write one. This little unit of work cumulates in pupils writing their own review. There is a strong emphasis on redrafting and proofing work, too. Lesson 1: To analyse the style and format of a successful review, so that I am able to use this information to prepare my own. Lesson 2: To be able to decipher information that will inform, interest and explain to a reader. Lesson 3: To build on prior work by redrafting and improving it, so that it meets the conventions of a genre.
Romeo & Juliet - Teaching pupils how to tackle the new AQA (2017) Lit. question. Whole Unit of work.
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Romeo & Juliet - Teaching pupils how to tackle the new AQA (2017) Lit. question. Whole Unit of work.

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By using the AQA and Edexcel criteria, I’ve created reading and writing grids for assessment in KS3 based on 1-9. These grids are what’s being used to help drive progress in this unit of work. The grids for the Literature style question are included with these lessons. This unit is designed for KS3 pupils to get them used to how to tackle the exam style questions, so the outcome is an AQA Literature style question. These lessons are not about the teaching of the text. They are specifically about how to analyse language and structure; how to critically evaluate; how to write about social historical context and how to put all of these elements in an essay style answer under timed conditions. Each lesson is full of models that address all components of the mark scheme. There are a variety of activities within lessons, lots of cooperative learning etc. Each lesson is designed to last 1 hour - but many took longer to deliver so you can easily make these span 15 lessons… at least 3 weeks of planning covered for you!
Cambridge iGCSE English 2015/16 Core Paper- Prepare for iGCSE Unit Based on Actual Materials
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Cambridge iGCSE English 2015/16 Core Paper- Prepare for iGCSE Unit Based on Actual Materials

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This is a full unit of work, designed to use after students have sat the PPE / Mock exam that Cambridge provide free of charge on their website (although I have uploaded it with the lessons for ease). This exemplar exam is produced for the new 2015 / 2016 specification and uses the new format for the core paper. Cambridge have produced it to support schools using their exam this year. These lessons are completely new resources; produced entirely by me and not available anywhere else to purchase. The idea of the scheme is that you give the exam to the students, let the pupils sit it and then don't mark it but actually go through it with the students and teach them how it would be marked and how they should have approached it - a little bit like a 'walking talking mock style' but after the fact. "This is what you should have done". By teaching these 5 lessons you help them to understand why they receive the marks that they will and what they could have done to improve. The lessons are designed to boost pupils up to band 1, regardless of where the starting point may have been and should demonstrate ample progress and reflection time for students. Each lesson is a self contained powerpoint with the resources attached at the end of it, so that they can be printed out easily. lesson 1 starts with questions 1a to 1c and recaps vocabulary with cooperative learning techniques and a competition; helping to boost pupils understanding in preparation for lesson 2 and 3. Lesson 2 covers the techniques and ways to tackle 1c to 1f. There are pictures of student answers for students to mark and explain why the students did or did not get full marks. lesson 3 is dedicated to the tricky 1g and explains how pupils should tackle it, using the mark scheme explicitly and example answers. Lesson 4 tackles question 2, explaining how students should avoid the pitfalls that they sometimes fall into. Lesson 5 goes over the simplest way that pupils should have tackled question 3 and asks them to reflect on all that they have learnt in the week then to write to the teacher with how they could improve now and what they still need to learn. Each lesson allows pupils the opportunity of a 'redo'; with the scaffolding of the mark scheme and their original answer in front of them - hence the demonstration of progress.
Introduction to Pre1914 social / historical context for Literature - 3 lesson Powerpoints
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Introduction to Pre1914 social / historical context for Literature - 3 lesson Powerpoints

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These are three lessons that have been used to introduce the Pre1914 literature texts for the new Edexcel Literature GCSE. Using cooperative learning techniques, students work together to create a timeline of literature that starts with the birth of Jane Austen in 1775 and ends in 1901 at the end of thee Victorian era. Through a series of tasks, students investigate the time period in order to help inform them about the different times, introducing the Romantic Period and the Byronic hero that appears in many of the novels of the time.
Edexcel Language Paper 2 New Specification - Preparing Pupils for the exam - Full Scheme of Work
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Edexcel Language Paper 2 New Specification - Preparing Pupils for the exam - Full Scheme of Work

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For these lessons, I have created a mock up of a Paper 2 for Edexcel with its own mark scheme. The question stems and marking criteria follow those provided by the board in their SAMs. Therefore, this is a potential set of Sample Style Assessment Materials that have not been seen anywhere else. The lessons are then based on these SAMs - showing pupils, lesson by lesson how to tackle each style of question. The lessons all include activities that allow pupils to revise the techniques and then to tackle a question. Lots of cooperative learning is included with clear reference to the exam criteria at all times. These lessons target Level 3 and above (old bands) - you may need to differentiate according to the needs of your class but there are plenty of extension activities for pupils. The Lesson Objectives are: Lesson 1: To know how to begin to tackle the Edexcel Language paper. Lesson 2: To learn how to tackle Question 3 on Paper 2 Lesson 3: To use prior learning to tackle 3 exam questions! Lesson 4: To know how to evaluate a text and attempt an evaluation style question. Lesson 5: To be able to effectively critically evaluate a text. Lesson 6: To learn how to compare texts effectively.