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Teacher of English with over 10 years experience, excellent achievement rates making me among the top 2% of my team and a consistent strong grade 2 rating. I have taught a wide range of English qualifications within FE including Functional Skills (English and Maths) and GCSE. My teaching style is fun, colourful and engaging resources which often use popular culture to create themes for each session and embed the English within.

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Teacher of English with over 10 years experience, excellent achievement rates making me among the top 2% of my team and a consistent strong grade 2 rating. I have taught a wide range of English qualifications within FE including Functional Skills (English and Maths) and GCSE. My teaching style is fun, colourful and engaging resources which often use popular culture to create themes for each session and embed the English within.
Mock paper 1 - AQA GCSE English - Life of Pi

Mock paper 1 - AQA GCSE English - Life of Pi

This is a complete mock exam for paper 1 of the AQA GCSE 8700 spec. The extract is taken from The Life of Pi. The lesson comes with a few small groups task starters and a selection of 2 videos - you can choose which one best suits your needs, keep in mind that Thug Notes does contain mild use of language and adult themes, it is also 10 mins long. The session is created for you to use in any way you wish. You may want to sit a formal practice , this powerpoint can be printed off and used as a paper based doc. Be advised that Tes previews distort the look of the resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps
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GCSE English - suitable for AQA or EDXCEL boards. GAME OF THRONES EXTRACT

GCSE English - suitable for AQA or EDXCEL boards. GAME OF THRONES EXTRACT

This resource is an 8 page group of worksheets which can be used to design your own lesson around depending on which exam board you are working with in GCSE English. Using the prologue from the 1st book of George RR Martins series, this resource looks at language and structural features. It comes with worksheets for a range of levels, starting simple with read and obtain questions, working our way up to inference, language analysis and strong example answers with stretch and challenge tasks. The resources are designed so you can develop a teacher led lesson around them or set self study or independent learning seminar sessions with teacher acting as support or facilitator as the worksheets allow for paired or team interaction between the students. There is enough material for a 3 or more hour session, which can be broken into 2 or more sessions depending on your timetable. Hope it helps.
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Introduction to Sentence structures - used with GCSE or Functional Skills English

Introduction to Sentence structures - used with GCSE or Functional Skills English

This is a small introduction to improving your students sentence structures which can be used with GCSE English of all exam boards and Functional English classes. The session is based around a YouTube sensation and TV star Michael Cthulhu who makes"Big Giant Swords". It comes with a full powerpoint, support material and 2 videos. The lesson has group activities and individual tasks and is fast paced. I find this lesson works well with students who have completely disengaged with English or with classes largely made up of male students. As I teach within a college I teach English to students who are in grouped in their core subjects, such as bricklaying or music etc and embedding English into fun subjects such as these helps to break the barriers to learning. It is only an introduction so feel free to tinker into order to suit your students needs or to expand on the knowledge provided. Please keep in mind that the TES preview often distorts the preview and this is not a true reflection of the resources layout. Hope it helps.
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Introduction to writing - PAFT, GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDEXCEL

Introduction to writing - PAFT, GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDEXCEL

This session is a quick paced, fun, interactive session with group and paired activities, handouts include match up tasks, planning tasks, read and obtain tasks and helpful handouts. This is an introductory lesson to writing using PURPOSE, AUDIENCE, FORM, TONE (PAFT) . It is focused for the Edexcel GCSE English Language paper as many of the questions of this paper are multi layered / skilled and ask for layers of understanding from the student in ways that other exam boards don’t. It comes with a “writing gibberish” starter and takes the student through various stages which can help them improve their own writing, get into the habit of planning but also touches upon being able to analyse writing, therefore bridging over both the reading and writing section of the exam. This session is aimed quite low as it is an introduction but does offer elements of stretch and challenge for more able students. It comes with helpful handouts for low ability learners and tackles some more high level concepts such as tone. There is enough material in this resource to be adapted into two sessions if needs be but is also adaptable to include more if necessary. Please be aware that the TES preview does sometimes distort the way the resource looks and this is not always a true reflection. Hope it helps
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EDEXCEL PAPER 2 QUESTION 7B - Sophie Lancaster

EDEXCEL PAPER 2 QUESTION 7B - Sophie Lancaster

This lesson is centered around the tragic story of Sophie Lancaster, who was murdered in 2007 for being a Goth. I have used this story over the last 10 years with all my classes as it helps to address prejudice and build tolerance. This session uses the Story of Sophie to introduce question 7B to students. It does this by breaking question 7B into two and only looking at the writers views and perceptions part of the question rather than the comparison part, as I have found in my experience that diving straight into comparing two texts tends to stress and confuse students. This session has enough material to cover 3 hours but has optional tasks and can be altered to suit you or your classes needs, session time and sensitivity levels. It comes with 10 worksheets, a video and full powerpoint with starters, team tasks, individual tasks, plenary, question 7B breakdown, group discussion and homework which focuses on section B of Paper 2. I have found that over the years that this lesson is diverse. It has been used in tutorials outside of the English department and by youth workers when delivering their sessions. I usually invite support workers and youth workers when delivering this session to help support any students for who this may bring up memories or for them or to help students overcome any of their own prejudices. Because of this sessions holistic and cross college appeal it was a big hit with managers and Ofsted. Hope it helps.
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Study / Revision skills for exams

Study / Revision skills for exams

This is a short lesson about study / revision skills to help students plan and prepare for up coming exams and independent study. It comes with some tips and suggestions about how to best prepare and plan your time, advice on rest breaks, avoiding procrastination and a short video. This is useful to use in tutorials, booster sessions or workshops. Feel free to adjust to suit your needs and classes. Please note that the TES preview distorts the look of the resource and this is not always a true reflection. Hope it helps.
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Paper 2 Question 4 - AQA - Flat Earth Theory

Paper 2 Question 4 - AQA - Flat Earth Theory

This is a lesson designed around the Flat Earth Theory for preparation for question 4 from paper 2 of the AQA GCSE English exam. This lesson compares two articles from two different writers about this topic. It is designed to help students understand what the question is asking them to do , which is why the sources are not from two different eras, and helps students to break down the way articles are written and how to structure an answer. This lesson comes with a video and support material including an answer scaffold. It is a quick paced lesson with plenty of group, paired activities ending with an independent writing task, starter, plenary, self and peer assessments. This can be adapted to suit your or your students needs. Please be aware that TES preview can distort the look of the resource and this is not always a true reflection. Hope it helps.
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Writing to persuade - GCSE English

Writing to persuade - GCSE English

This is a generic GCSE English persuasive lesson which can be used with any exam board. It is designed with students mainly on the lower levels in GCSE in mind and is a lesson which is broken down bite sized fun activities to help the students achieve. This lesson focuses on introducing counter arguments into persuasive writing but underpins other skills such as research skills, proofreading, language features and reading to obtain information. All skills which are useful to have in the GCSE English exam. Feel free to adapt where necessary to suit your own learners needs. Please keep in mind that the TES preview does distort the look of the resource and this is not a true reflection, hope it helps.
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Teach me to write

Teach me to write

This is a 30 page presentation full of starter / small activities designed to broaden imagination and develop creative writing skills. I personally like to start the academic year with these as a way to promote a fun and lively image to GCSE English and engage learners with the course early on. I find that these types of fun, group activities help break down any negative barriers students may have to English and helps to build confidence in disengaged learners. These activities are mostly group / paired activities which can be boiled down to individual tasks. These tasks can be achieved by learners of all levels and are very useful in helping students tackle the creative writing sections of the GCSE exam. Hope it helps
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Mock paper 2 -WJEC GCSE English exam - Bryson vrs Engles

Mock paper 2 -WJEC GCSE English exam - Bryson vrs Engles

This is a complete mock exam for the WJEC exam board for the GCSE English exam - component 2. It comes with both reading and writing sections and uses extracts from Bill Bryson and Fredrich Engles, who both talk about the city of Manchester. Please keep in mind that TES previews do distort the look at the resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps.
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GCSE English Language  bundle - WJEC exam board

GCSE English Language bundle - WJEC exam board

This is a bundle pack for the GCSE English language paper from the WJEC exam board. This bundle contains 2 mock papers, 1 for each component, Cheat sheets (with lesson) for each component and creative writing lessons. There are 8 complete lessons all together. All resources sold separately would cost a total of £24. I’m selling this bundle at £20 . Hope it helps
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Inference booklet - GCSE English Language

Inference booklet - GCSE English Language

This is a printable booklet which you can use as a handout or in class support material. It comes with a wide variety of examples of inference, both visual and written, and comes with a few easy tasks for the students. Please keep in mind that the TES previews does distort the look of the resources and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps.
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CREATIVE WRITING - WJEC - GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE WORKSHOP

CREATIVE WRITING - WJEC - GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE WORKSHOP

This is a quick workshop designed to be used as recap/revision for when the exam draws near. It can be used as a full lesson and it can but altered to suit any exam board. This session looks at high and low level language features which can be used in the creative writing task of paper 1 of the WJEC GCSE English exam board. It is a quick paced lesson which uses Donald Trump, images of an eccentric looking man and a John Oliver Clip to help inspire the students. Be advised that the John Oliver clip does use swear words and may be unsuitable for some learners. However as I work with 16+ and adults, this clip works very well in getting teaching metaphors and similes. The main task is to complete a descriptive writing task and a peer marking assessment. You may wish to cut this out or use an alternative. Please be aware that the TES preview does distort the look of the resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps
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CREATIVE WRITING( SENTENCES)  - WJEC GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

CREATIVE WRITING( SENTENCES) - WJEC GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

This is a mini workshop session which focuses on how to use sentence structures for effect for the creative writing section of paper 1 of the WJEC GCSE English exam. This lesson is designed for revision sessions as the exam draws close but can be developed further or used with another exam board. This session uses Donald Trump for inspiration in how to use interesting sentences to describe. It also recaps high and low level language features. It is a fast paced session with paired activities and a main writing task taken from a practice paper. It ends with a self assessment plenary. Be advised that the TES preview does distort the look of the resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps
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Inspirational Quotes and confidence building booklet

Inspirational Quotes and confidence building booklet

This booklet is full of motivational, inspirational and confidence building quotes. I like to have this booklet in my classroom for students to look at, or use its in my classroom displays. This can be used either way depending on your needs. Hope it helps
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WJEC mock paper 1 - To kill a mocking bird

WJEC mock paper 1 - To kill a mocking bird

This is a complete mock exam for paper 1 of the WJEC GCSE English exam. The extract is taken from To Kill a Mockingbird. The resource uses the formal layout of the exam with extract as separate. There are two videos which you may wish to use as warm up with your students. One is the blu-ray trailer for the movie and second is a break down of the story by Thug Notes. Please note that Thug Notes does contain some mild use of language and adult themes, as I work with 16+ and adults, this is fine for me to use but you may wish to use the trailer or an alternative. Be advised that TES preview does distort the view of the resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps.
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Mock paper 1 - AQA GCSE English - Life of Pi

Mock paper 1 - AQA GCSE English - Life of Pi

This is a complete mock exam for paper 1 of the AQA GCSE 8700 spec. The extract is taken from The Life of Pi. The lesson comes with a few small groups task starters and a selection of 2 videos - you can choose which one best suits your needs, keep in mind that Thug Notes does contain mild use of language and adult themes, it is also 10 mins long. The session is created for you to use in any way you wish. You may want to sit a formal practice , this powerpoint can be printed off and used as a paper based doc. Be advised that Tes previews distort the look of the resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps
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Mock Paper 1 - GCSE English AQA 8700 - To Kill a Mockingbird

Mock Paper 1 - GCSE English AQA 8700 - To Kill a Mockingbird

This is a full informal mock of paper 1 for the AQA GCSE English Language exam based on an extract from To Kill a Mockingbird. It comes with a full powerpoint with a video starter from Thug Notes. Be advised that Thug Notes does contain some adult themes and low level adult language. As I teach 16 + this is fine as a resource but if this is not the case for your class you can stick to the trailer or use an alternative. This powerpoint can be printed off or converted to a more formal paper version of a mock if you wish to use it in that way. Please keep in mind the TES previews can at time distort the look of the resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps
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Mock paper 1 - AQA GCSE English - Mockingjay

Mock paper 1 - AQA GCSE English - Mockingjay

This is a complete mock exam for paper 1 of the AQA GCSE 8700 spec. The extract is taken from Mockingjay from the Hunger Games series. The lesson comes with a few small groups task starters and a selection of 2 videos - you can chooseich one best suits your needs. The session is created for you to use in any way you wish. Be advised that Tes previews distort the look of the resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps
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Mock paper 1 - AQA GCSE English - The Colour Purple

Mock paper 1 - AQA GCSE English - The Colour Purple

This is a complete mock exam for paper 1 of the AQA GCSE 8700 spec. The extract is taken from The Colour Purple. The lesson comes with a few small groups task starters and a selection of 2 videos - you can choose which one best suits your needs, keep in mind that Thug Notes does contain mild use of language and adult themes. As I teach in FE this is resource is fine to use however you can use the trailer or an alternative if you choose to. The session is created for you to use in any way you wish. You may want to sit a formal practice in which you can print off this powerpoint and be used as a paper document. This book contains theme of racism and sexism and so you can adapt this to underpin theme of equality and diversity. Be advised that Tes previews distort the look of the resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps
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Tracking / Learner feedback sheet for GCSE English - any exam board

Tracking / Learner feedback sheet for GCSE English - any exam board

Tracking, individual targets and positive / developed and exam driven feedback all seem to be high priority for Ofsted and can be a daunting task to aim to fulfill. It required mass amount of regular , time consuming marking which is difficult to do on top of a full teaching timetable. I have found that by condensing all that down on to one handy sheet helps to make this task more manageable. This feedback sheet is designed to be used with the AQA exam board but can be used and altered in a way to suit you and / or the exam board you are using . I use this sheet once a term and stick it in the students folders so they have a regular feedback on their progress. It has gone down very well with management and Ofsted inspectors. The feedback sheet includes: Where they started - initial assessment scores - to show distance traveled. Where they aim to be - exam target Score for each question on the exam, including SPAG - I personally do 1 - 2 questions per term to show regular progress and tracking throughout the course. Space for written feedback and space for student feedback - to show student input into their own learning. Space for written feedback on overall behaviour and attendance per term. overall mock paper scores. I have found that by making all these areas fit on one sheet very useful in managing my time and feedback but also for the students to know they are on a journey and to have ownership of their learning. Be advised the TES previews do often distort the look of resources and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps.
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In class displays for English - Books which were turned into movies.

In class displays for English - Books which were turned into movies.

Managers and Ofsted like to see bright and interesting displays. In my GCSE class I have a board which is designed to encourage students to read more by showing well named movies which were first books. I have a range to inclue equality and diversity. It shows the movie poster and the book cover. I get these laminated and stick them on a board in interesting ways. I also got some cheap red fabric and draped it around the board to look like old school cinema curtains. Books / movies include: The colour purple Divergent The time travelers wife The hobbit The help Brighton Rock War Horse Life of Pi Eat Prey Love etc Hope it helps.
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AQA 8700 English Language - MOCK PAPER 2, child labour

AQA 8700 English Language - MOCK PAPER 2, child labour

This is a complete mock paper 2, with reading and writing sections based around child labor. It comes with a full powerpoint which can be used as an informal mock or altered into something more formal looking if desired. The texts are a speech to parliament in 1840’s regarding the conditions of child labor and 2018 article from The Guardian about human trafficked child. Please be aware that the TES preview can at times distort the look of a resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps.
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Functional English - Bias writing task

Functional English - Bias writing task

This is a fun gossip blog writing task which focuses on celebrity scandal for Functional English. It is differentiated for E3 / L1 and L1 / L2. The lower levels encourage students to use correct English and low level language features whilst the higher level encourage more biased writing involving higher level language features and inference. Please be aware that TES previews can distort the look of the resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps.
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