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I am an experienced English teacher with a proven track of record of success. Over the past 13 years my classes have consistently over-achieved against their target grades. I have a degree in English, a Masters in Business and Computing and many years' experience working in industry prior to becoming a teacher. I am secondary trained, but have also taught history, ICT, photography, media and business as well as my main subject of English.

I am an experienced English teacher with a proven track of record of success. Over the past 13 years my classes have consistently over-achieved against their target grades. I have a degree in English, a Masters in Business and Computing and many years' experience working in industry prior to becoming a teacher. I am secondary trained, but have also taught history, ICT, photography, media and business as well as my main subject of English.
Free: Learn Writing to Persuade (KS3 & 4)
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Free: Learn Writing to Persuade (KS3 & 4)

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This is a free resource aimed at teaching pupils in key stages 3 and 4 writing to persuade. It is an extract from a 76-page booklet modelling all types of writing taught in English at key stages 3 and 4. The booklet goes much further than modelling though. It shows pupils how to respond to an exam-style question, how to do a quick plan based on it and how to write for a particular purpose and audience. Pupils engage with the writing by filling-in-the-blanks, then highlighting and labelling the key techniques for that particular style of writing. They then complete the task themselves. It thus shows clear progression and attainment. The resource is ideal for new and experienced teachers alike. It can be used in the course of your normal teaching, as homework, as a revision aid, in preparation for exams and for cover lessons. I am a teacher with many years highly successful experience and I have used this resource extensively myself. I can assure you, it really works! If you like it, please download the full booklet which is priced far lower than this site recommends for such a resource.
Free extract from Information and Non-Fiction Texts Booklet
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Free extract from Information and Non-Fiction Texts Booklet

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This is a free resource aimed at developing skills in information and non-fiction texts more generally. I originally created this booklet (from which this has came) as I couldn’t find any decent resources for this area of the curriculum. The full resource covers a wide-range of skills on purpose, form, audience, formal and informal language, etc. It gets pupils to answer GCSE-style exam questions and assess their own (or their peers) progress and identify key areas for improvement. It covers letter writing and other writing tasks. It can be used at KS3 or KS4. Whilst the full version covers key exam techniques and questions, it does not do so narrowly, so it is not ‘teaching to the test’. All of my resources let the teacher teach - they do not prescribe a set of instructions to follow, as we all know, you can’t teach like that! It should last you many years and save you a whole load of heartache. I have used this resource myself for many years and know it really works. Please consider downloading the full book.
Information and Non-Fiction Texts
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Information and Non-Fiction Texts

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This is a 38 page booklet covering reading and writing skills for information texts and non-fiction texts more generally. It has tasks suitable for KS3 & 4. It originally came into being because I couldn’t find any decent resources for this area of the English curriculum. I have used it for many years and I know it works really well. Whilst it covers aspects of the GCSE curriculum, it does not do it prescriptively or narrowly, so pupils get a good all-round, deep learning experience. You can expect to find tasks and activities on purpose, form, audience, formal and informal language, reading skills and writing skills. There are sample texts to study with GCSE-style questions that follow aimed at developing language skills and reading skills for information and non-fiction texts. There are also writing tasks for KS3 and KS4. It’s very broad and comprehensive. It’s an excellent resource that you can use for years to come and can be easily adapted to your needs and a range of abilties. It is priced far lower than the site recommends for such a resource, so it’s a bargain!
10 FREE starters, whole-school literacy, bell-work, tutor-time activities
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10 FREE starters, whole-school literacy, bell-work, tutor-time activities

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This is a free taster pack of a range of tasks suitable for starters, whole-school literacy, bell-work, tutor-time activities, extension tasks etc. They’re fun, engaging, get pupils thinking and involved and are differentiated. They are simple to use, come with instructions and extensive notes/tips and can be used/adapted for a wide-range of ages and abilities. If you like this, you can download the full version containing over 120 such tasks for only £25. That’s a bargain - much less than the TES actually recommends for such a resource on here! That’s enough to keep you going for well over a year and will dramatically cut down on your planning/workload. These tasks are also great for behavior management, as you can have a task ready for the class on the board before they arrive. I hope you find them as useful as I have over the years. I am an experienced English teacher with an excellent track-record.
Starters, whole school literacy tasks, bell-work tasks
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Starters, whole school literacy tasks, bell-work tasks

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A bank of over 120 tasks ideal for use as starters, whole school literacy, bell-work and tutor group time. This bank of resources contains a wide variety of tasks that can be used in English or other areas of the school. It contains thinking skills, puzzles, literacy tasks, language skills, reading skills and lots of other fun tasks. The beauty of them is that they are easily adapted (being in standard PowerPoint) and contain scaffolding and extension tasks for differentiation. Mainly aimed at secondary, but could be used in primary too. Very widely applicable to a range of abilities and subjects and very easy to use. I have used and developed this resource myself for many years and have found it to be super-useful. Pupils love the tasks, they are a great source of fun and can also act as a very effective behaviour management tool because you have something ready for the class to do on the board when they arrive.
Reasons to Write: Every Type of Writing Modelled in the National Curriculum
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Reasons to Write: Every Type of Writing Modelled in the National Curriculum

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This booklet contains 75 pages of modelled writing - most appropriate for KS4, but could be used for KS3 too. It covers all the the types of writing covered in the national curriculum and can literally save you weeks and weeks and weeks of work to do anything like the same yourself. Each type of writing is modelled in response to a particular writing task, is beautifully written by myself and will take pupils on a journey learning to write in the particular style shown. Pupils fill-in-the-blanks for each type of writing using a bank of key phrases at the end of each piece. This means that they must engage very carefully and deeply with the writing. They then highlight and label the key techniques I have demonstrated in each piece of writing. By the time they have completed both tasks and you have gone over it with them, they will have made excellent progress and will be ready to attempt the task that has been modelled themselves. Each task thus demonstrates clear progress and attainment. You can use these in class, as revision aids or even homework tasks - up to you. It is made in MS Word and is easily adapted/modified to meet your own needs and easily printed out for pupils to use. I have made this resource myself, used it for many years with enormous success. I am an English teacher with an excellent track record. It’s really easy to use and self-explanatory.