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Teachit Talk

17th September 2015


New resources and teaching packs

As the new specifications and curriculum changes bed in we're continuing to publish relevant and focused resources. See our picks below or browse our full latest resources page.

And if you haven't seen our two latest teaching packs (A Christmas Carol and Survival), see below for details!

Lindy Leslie


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Information retrieval: Emma

Using an extract from Austen's Emma students explore the life of regency women and answer information retrieval questions. Suitable for students studying the Edexcel specification.

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Themes and imagery

A great revision resource full of questions to help students explore themes in Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Opportunities to create essay plans and find evidence in preparation for writing essays on the text. 

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Analysing 'A Poison Tree' by William Blake

A series of comprehension tasks to support students' understanding of the poem and feelings of anger.

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Character study technical terms

A list of technical vocabulary for describing characters in any text, with a column to complete for your chosen text.

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Brand new teaching packs


A Christmas Carol (KS4)

Designed for the new English Literature GCSE specifications, the pack comprises a route-through the five staves of the text, providing social and historical context, discussion points and supporting resources. Tasks include close-text analysis, comprehension, drama and exam-style questions.

Survival (KS3)

Survival is an engaging and challenging Year 8 curriculum pack consisting of thought-provoking – and at times emotive – text excerpts and poems from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Aimed at developing students’ critical reading skills and confidence working with unseen texts, the pack includes work by writers as diverse as Primo Levi and Katherine Mansfield and stories of survival in extreme conditions.

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Hitting the headlines

Teenagers who watch screens in free time 'do worse in GCSEs' (Guardian)

Government seeks teachers abroad 'to tackle crisis' (Telegraph)

'Exciting' new Wales-only GCSEs are launched (BBC)

Book news and competitions

Jonathan Tel has won the Commonwealth short story prize, beating authors from Nigeria, India and Trinidad and Tobago.

Celebrate Roald Dahl day with a short story competition. Students could be in with the chance of winning a visit to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

What's on



Winter's Bone

Based on Daniel Woodrell's book, Jennifer Lawrence stars in this rather bleak film.

Sat 19th September | 12:05am - 1:40am | BBC2



One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Adaptation of the stage play, based on the iconic novel by Ken Kesey.

Sun 20th September | 4pm - 5.30pm | BBC Radio 4 Extra


As You Like It

The National Theatre bring this comedy to the stage.

26th October- 5th March | Olivier, National Theatre


Cambridge University Press Resources

Find our featured resources   Written for the GCSE English Language and Literature AQA specification, our resources have been created from scratch by a team of highly experienced teachers and authors. With progression and development at their heart, our print and digital resources provide in-depth support for the new AQA specification.
  • FREE Teacher's Resources packed with best-practice teaching guidance.
  • GCSE English Language Student Books cover all the knowledge, understanding and skills for the new AQA specification and are available at two different levels, Progress and Progress Plus.
  • GCSE English Literature Student Books provide specific set text coverage for Shakespeare, 19th Century novels, modern texts and poetry.
  • Each Student Book includes an exam practice section.
  • All print titles are available as enhanced e-pubs on Cambridge Elevate providing extensive annotation tools,additional digital content and 'Assess to Progress' an invaluable online assessment tool.


RSC School Shakespeare - Discover, connect, inspire

Working in partnership with the RSC, this brand new series is the only Shakespeare series that introduces your 11-14 year old students to Shakespeare's world. Rooted in trusted RSC approaches and real performance photos, Shakespeare's plays come to life in the classroom.

  • Encourage your 11-14 year old students to discover Shakespeare's plays, using proven approaches and tools that teachers can trust will work in the classroom.
  • The clear and accessible layout, vibrant performance images and motivational activities help to establish connections with the written texts and the plays in performance.
  • Inspires confidence in students as they read and explore Shakespeare's plays throughout all stages of study.
Titles coming soon: Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice

To find out more, email fiona.lloydwilliams@oup.com with your name, school name and address and Purchase Order details if required, to order inspection copies.

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