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The Long and Winding Road (of Revision)

This article on revision strategies was written for Teach Secondary magazine – to subscribe to the magazine look HERE. The new school year stretches out like one of those American roads that extend far beyond the horizon. As the long weeks begin, the summer term, with all of those critical terminal examinations for our students, …

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Remembering Quotations – 10 Strategies

I don’t think there are many English teachers who haven’t asked the following question in the last year: ‘how do I help my class better remember quotations?’ It is an age-old question, but it is a very good one. It is not about producing unthinking parrots that squawk out quotations and exhibit little understanding of …

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One Word at a Time – Teaching Vocabulary

This blog is a copy of my recent Teach Secondary article (click on the link HERE to subscribe) on the importance of vocabulary, with some handy teaching and learning strategies. Ask a secondary school teacher about the new  curriculum, at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, and they’ll likely tell you a similar story: the …

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The New Teachers’ Professional Development Standard

As Christiano Ronaldo stares lovingly at his reflection in the European Football Championship trophy, we may do well to reflect on the most interesting story of the tournament. Of course, it was little ol’ Iceland, outperforming all reasonable expectations given a population roughly the size of the city of Coventry. So why were they a success …

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