Defining Excellence: How I Use Whole Class Feedback

I first encountered whole class feedback several years ago and was instantly captivated. And what's not to love? It promises a significant reduction in workload, no longer spending countless hours huddled over a slow burning lamp with pen in hand (forgive the Dickensian rhetorical flourish) whilst simultaneously, even miraculously, improving student outcome. I remember the... Continue Reading →

All About Writing: Rehearsing, Scaffolding and Modelling High Quality Analysis

I've written a few posts under the general banner of strategies to help enhance student writing and analysis, whether related to generating initial thinking, scaffolding or modelling. So, here, in one place, is a collection of some of these ideas with a sense of how they might fit alongside each other. But, where do we... Continue Reading →

A Model Response: GCSE Non-Fiction Writing

Mobile phones should be banned from the classroom as they are nothing but a distraction’. Write an article in which you persuade people of your point of view. Dialling 999: An Emergency in Education Imagine, if you will, a class of thirty students. Imagine you’re the teacher. It’s Monday, Period One and you’re trying to... Continue Reading →

A Model Response for GCSE Unseen Poetry: At Sea & The Sands of Dee

The Question In ‘At Sea’ how does the poet present ideas about loss?  [24 marks] In both ‘At Sea and ‘The Sands of Dee’ the speakers describe ideas about the power of the sea. What are the similarities and/or differences between the ways the poets present these ideas?                                             [8 marks] The Response Thematically speaking,... Continue Reading →

A Macbeth Model Essay: Macbeth and Ambition

Starting with the extract explain how Shakespeare presents Macbeth as ambitious When considering how Shakespeare presents the character of Macbeth as ambitious one recognises this extract is a pivotal moment in the play. This is largely because the scene is the culmination of a chain of events in which Macbeth has increasingly displayed his almost... Continue Reading →

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