English teaching links

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The Eleven Plus Tutors A great site where you can locate an English teacher and register for creative writing courses.

Tutora An online marketplace where students and parents can search for, message and book local, private tutors for home tuition for any subject and any age.

My Tutor Web The easy, affordable and stress-free way to find a personal tutor online. Choose from personally-interviewed tutors across all subjects at both GCSE and A Level.

Improve English Aimed at English subject leaders. Termly newsletter with all the latest issues facing Englihs departments and the implications for English SLs

Andrew Moore's English site free resources for English teachers. This resource of densely packed guides is invaluable for teachers; especially those starting out on new texts or courses who need information and a guide through. It is especially good for knowledge and understanding of A Level Language.

Grammar Check An online proofreading tool designed for writers, teachers, and other professionals.

Book Box from Channel 4 Learning Features interviews with leading children's authors, poets, illustrators. Suggestions for reading with reviews and excerpts. Templates for pitching the film of the book.

English Tutor Bournemouth The website provides free resources for teachers and students on a range of GCSE and 'A' Level texts. Key quotations, annotated poetry, character profiles, worksheets etc. The site has a second purpose, which is to offer private tutoring services.

BBEC ENG DEPT An ever growing collection of links for teachers of English and their students. Well worth a visit.

Delicious bookmarks of an English teacher A link to my many delicious bookmarks collected with teachers of English in mind. If you haven't tried delicious yet, you don't know what you are missing...or maybe you do!

Easy Read Shakespeare Easy Read Shakespeare is a new version of Shakespeare's plays formatted in a way to make them easier to follow from the printed page. Character portraits are used to help the reader follow the conversations and location drawings help set the scene. A great resource for anyone studying Shakespeare who can't get to see the plays.

The English Gallery A website created by an English Teacher for English teachers! It contains whole schemes of work for both KS3 and KS4. Each scheme also has high quality resources included as well as simple and clear lesson plans to guide teachers through each activity. Some schemes and resources have also been differentiated for G&T/SEN/EAL pupils.

The English Language List (email discussion group for A/AS Lang.) This free resource for A Level Language teachers requires you to sign up so that you can receive emails, It could well be one of the most useful resources you find. After signing up, you will receive every email that every member sends in, so sign up under a spare email address or have a separate folder for the emails, but it is well worth it. Once you join you'll find yourself one of a band of generous collegues who ask for help and help each other through this course; sharing advice and resources freely.

Folens Publishers Ltd. Educational publisher of Early Years, Primary and Secondary school curriculum textbooks, classroom resources and software for both students and teaching professionals.

English & Media Centre This group produce excellent mulitmedia resources packs for English and Media Studies. Their Media Studies inset days come highly recommended.

Keith Brindle Practical, focused 'high octane' CDP for English teachers and students from a principal examiner, Keith Brindle (who has also written over 50 text books during his career).

The English Review from Philip Allan Updates - magazines for A/AS students.

Geoff Barton including resources for whole school literacy. These are sets of far ranging resources for teachers and students from KS3 to KS5 and includes power points as well as handouts.

Language in Use resources for the study of language at A level. These resources from an experienced teacher of English are of excellent quality and useful for both teachers and students.

Hope Education Broad range of English teaching materials including books, speaking and listening tools, phonics and story packs.

NCTE US version of NATE and of course bigger. Useful but very busy discussion lists - join and be prepared for hundreds of mails!

Literary Connections links, books and resources for secondary English - mainly but not exclusively for literature.

Reading- Rewards.Com An exciting new site to encourage private reading. Strikes me as being as motivating for pupils to use as TUTPUP . Still being developed and tweaked (creator is not a teacher but very open to suggesions for improvement and development) Suitable for top primary and lower secondary.

Symbaloo Webmix: Tools4Teachers A collection of excellent resources for use in the classroom and to motivate students to tackle homework tasks with enthusiasm.

Teacher's Pet Text Tool for Teachers The Teacher's Pet Text Tool is a free add-on for Microsoft Word that can help you transform any text into a fun classroom activity. Developed by a teacher, here are just some of the things the tool can do: Crosswords Flashcards Bingo Cards Jumbles Gap-fill / Cloze tests

Human Rights Reporter Competition Amnesty International competition for young people

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition organised by ChristChurch, Oxford University.

National Poetry Competition from the Poetry Society

Exam boards
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Educational organisations
Book Trust funded by the Arts Council, this simple site is easily navigable and fulfils its aim of 'bringing books and people together' by offering recommended reads for children organised by age group and reading ability, best books of the year, bestsellers and awards.

DfE not exactly entertaining, but possibly useful.

ESL Reading Free graded reading materials for English language learners

My Home Library encourage young readers to build their own collection of favourite books ..

N Ireland revised curriculum The website for the revised curriculum. Includes information on the curriculum for each Key Stage, some resources for AfL etc and digital access to the materials sent to schools.

National Curriculum online searchable, downloadable information on the new NC.

TDA The Training and Development Agency for Schools (formerly TTA) - for trainers and trainees.

Ofsted as above, but more so.

Year of reading organisation a site for teachers, parents, libraries, businesses etc. Includes suggestions on how to get involved.

National Literacy Trust includes details about a range of initiatives: The National Reading Campaign, Reading Champions (celebrating positive role models for young male readers) and Reading is Fundamental which provides free books for children, interviews with famous readers and competitions. Children can also publish their own book reviews or participate in online writing projects.

Teaching portals
English Teaching in the UK a good starting point for your research...

Association of Teacher Websites loads of free resources from teacher built web sites.

Online Teachers Net another teachers' portal, including jobs and curriculum links.

Schoolzone a comprehensive site for teachers, including news, information, an online staffroom and classroom resources.

TEEM 'Teachers Evaluating Educational Materials' - worth a look if you're considering buying software or for their growing list of evaluated web sites (note, though, that sites have to pay to be evaluated)

Topmarks a very useful but increasingly unwieldy choice of teaching resources on the web.

Publishing companies
Collins Education Features: details on all Collins titles for frameworking, fiction, poetry, drama etc and a number of free downloads.

Bloomsbury Features: beautiful, interactive Harry Potter sub site, writers' area, reviews, first chapters and a free online database of reference works.

Cambridge University Press Features: interactive English Basics exercises.

Faber and Faber Features: author interviews, eg Ishiguro, Heaney.

Oxford University Press Features: children's fiction section with tips for creative writing from Gillian Cross and recommended books.

Harper Collins Features: author pages including Tolkein, Lessing and Woolf, extracts, author clips and reading guides for a range of books.

Hodder Literature Features: a selection of novels for the Key Stage 3 classroom from authors such as David Almond, along with free resource material including lesson plans and photocopiable worksheets.

Random House Features: ebooks*, Toni Morrison.

Pearson Features: sample free resources, eg practice tests for years 7 and 8 and sample modules for A2 AQA specifications. Schemes of work for New Windmills novels.

Penguin Features: ebooks* such as Stone Cold and English Passengers.

Penguin Classics Features: featured articles, for example Elaine Showalter on Zola, teachers' guides (mainly Shakespeare).

Scholastic.com: Harry Potter is the star of this Publisher's site, but it also includes the Goosebump series, with areas for teachers, kids and parents.

Virago Features: Reading guides.

InformED 25 Ways to Boost Your Writing Skills

Boom Essays Grammar guide

Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians (The British Library) Discover 1,200 Romantic and Victorian literary treasures, new insights by 60 experts, 25 documentary films, 30 inspirational teachers’ notes and more.

BBC Arts Web guide try the publishers section. Handy.

About's Arts Index and another!

Books Unlimited from the Guardian - really useful research starting point - includes information about authors, reviews, first chapters, top tens.

Bartleby Great Books Online a database of the classic texts.

Bibliomania.com a very easy to use library of classic e-texts, searchable and downloadable. Now also includes study guides.

Bookhooks illustrated book reports online.

eserver.org vast amount of online Arts materials.

ibiblio another vast e-library.

http://www.lovereading4schools reluctant readers survey The National Literacy Trust and Lovereading4schools want your help in choosing books for reluctant readers.

Lit Genius Full of annotated texts: classics, modern texts and spoken word.

Luminarium v. useful for Literary research.

Novel Guide another good place to start your literary research.

Page by page books classic (US) texts online.

Spark Notes from Harvard. Solid stuff for learning about a range of texts (including Shakespeare, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, Beloved, Of Mice and Men, The Handmaid's Tale ...)

The Poetry Archive Aims to be 'the world's largest and best equipped collection of poets reading their own work'. Unique recordings - and teaching materials too.

The Poetry Society for all things poetic: poets working in schools, INSET for teachers, resources and lesson plans and competitions.

Thesaurus.com lots of useful info and activities for playing around with words.

Young Writer Magazine a platform for writers aged 18 and under, including lots of ideas, competitions etc. A useful teacher resource although aimed primarily at young people.

Zondle Zondle is FREE AND FAB. It enables teachers and students to create topics (quizzes) for revision and to embed learning . Quizzes can be played play in a variety of games. Teacher and students get feedback on progress made. Teachers can award certificates and share topics with colleagues.

Half Baked Software use this free tool to create your own educational interactive exercises. (We'll even publish them here at Teachit if you like!)

Eduforum ICT tutorials, forums, review and more ...

Question Tools or, use this one!

Educational Agencies
The Tutor Pages Shortlisted for UK Website of the Year, The Tutor Pages is an online publication hosting thousands of articles on home tuition topics for parents and students. It also includes an active forum to discuss private tutoring, and a directory so that parents and students can locate a tutor living close to them. This directory is the only directory of private tutors to be recommended by The Good Schools Guide.

Beanbag Learning Beanbag is a free service that enables Tutors to connect with Parents without the middleman, founded by concerned parents who were having difficulty in finding Tutors.

Bright Tutors A bespoke online tutor-matching service designed to suit the specific educational requirements of the customer. An exceptionally organised service with prospects for employment as a tutor within families, schools and businesses nationwide.

First Tutors Leading web-based find-your-own tutor service and the only company in the UK which enables tutors to promote themselves through profiles for free which are then accessible to all individuals or families in search of private tuition in their local area.

Home Tutors Directory Home Tutors Directory provides listings of UK Tutors and UK Tutoring Agencies. Students can search for a private tutor for free, and find resources relating to private tuition.

Creative writing

The Arvon Foundation Cutting-edge creative writing courses (for both adult and student writers). Also includes information on competitions and an online writing space for under-18s.

Scribblepad A wealth of writing related articles, tips, and links. Scribblepad is broad-ranging, interesting and informative - a natural jumping-off point for budding writers.

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