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Teachit Talk

5th March 2015


Resources for the new GCSEs

If you're starting to think about the new GCSEs and how on earth you're going resource all your lessons and SOWs - fear not. We've recently published a variety of resources to support the new specifications, including set text activities, unseen poetry analysis and critical reading of non-fiction texts.

Keep checking our latest resources page too - there are plenty more to come!


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Creative writing: setting and atmosphere

Students look closely at effective vocabulary in a range of twentieth-century extracts and write their own creative piece. Designed for GCSE English Language for first teaching in September 2015.

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Exploring 'Dracula' as an unseen fiction text

This resource takes an extract from 'Dracula' to support students in approaching 19th century prose. Activities specifically target language analysis and structure to prepare them for the 2015 English Language GCSE.

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Setting in Jane Eyre

Students explore how the settings in the text reflect the various themes in the novel. There is an accompanying Magnet interactive activity available. 

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Non-fiction text analysis: monkeys and slow lorises

Activities to help students learn how to approach unseen non-fiction texts from the 19th and 21st centuries. This resource was designed specifically for GCSE English Language from 2015.

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Essential literacy books created by Babcock LDP and Teachit

Literacy is high on the Ofsted and curriculum agenda and this series of books offers invaluable advice and teaching ideas for embedding and promoting strong literacy skills across the curriculum.

Leading reading, the companion to Less good writing, gathers together the best ideas for improving reading in all subject areas.

Focusing on improving the quality of writing across the secondary curriculum, Less good writing offers a wealth of practical advice, ideas and shortcuts.

The Ofsted inspection framework and standards for teachers require a renewed focus on literacy and differentiation. Getting on with writing provides exactly this, with engaging, differentiated activities aimed at moving KS3 students from Level 2 to 5 in writing.

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Hitting the headlines

Labour promises more arts in school (BBC)

Thousands miss first secondary school choice as demand rises across UK cities (Guardian)

All schools need trained careers teachers, says charity (BBC)

Book news and competitions

Harry Potter secrets to be revealed by new JK Rowling bibliography.

The Bristol Short Story prize asks for entries on any theme or subject. First prize is £1000 and the closing date is 30th April 2015.

What's on




Maxine Peake discusses the role of women in television and explores the life of playwright and screenwriter Shelagh Delaney.

Fri 6th March | 11pm - 11.35pm | BBC2


Poetry Please

Roger McGough looks at 'journey' poems including works by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Sat 8th March | 11.30pm - 12am | BBC Radio 4


The King's Speech

Raymond Coulthard takes on the lead role in this heart-warming story.

25th Feb - 8th June | On tour

New attention-grabbing tales for 11-14 year olds

  Oxford University Press
Help Wild Boy clear his name and solve a Sherlock Holmes-esque mystery; join Gemma and Cowgirl as they try and rescue a herd of cows; follow Edward as he comes to terms with his Blood Family and ultimately himself.

Our new Rollercoaster titles for 2015 all have exceptional tales of courage at their heart and will encourage your students to keep turning those pages.
OUP   Also new to Rollercoasters are two anthologies that offer ideal opportunities to start preparing your students for the types of texts they will be studying at GCSE.

Our Rollercoasters are accompanied by a free, downloadable Rollercoasters Resource pack. To take a look at these new titles on inspection simply email fiona.lloydwilliams@oup.com, with your name, school address and Purchase Order details if required.

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