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A Recipe for Originality in your Descriptive or Narrative Writing.

Need to produce some narrative or descriptive writing? Sometimes you just run out of steam.  Sometimes you just can’t get started. And sometimes, you want your writing to be that little bit more original. Here’s a simple recipe that should help. First of all, put any thoughts of writing long sentences to one side. Next,…

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Choose Your Words Carefully.

There were clouds down by the river today. It had been a hot summer and the clouds came as a shock after endless days of bright, blue skies and sunshine. The clouds brought to mind ‘Both Sides Now’, written by Canadian songwriter, Joni Mitchell, in 1969, in which she reflects on the different ways of…

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Letting Memories Surface in your Writing.

When it comes to the writing question on Paper 1 of the AQA GCSE English Language examination, there’ll be a  photograph provided which you’ll be asked to use as the basis for your written response. The exam board is putting a clear focus on the image itself as your main source of ideas.  But don’t…

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National Apprenticeship Week 2018 – ‘Your Webinar Teacher’ Can Help You Deliver The Results!

2018 is the Year of Engineering. Rightly so as it seeks to celebrate, consolidate and broaden the reach of one of the most productive sectors of the UK economy. Clear and effective communication are vital for the successful growth and development of any business. In the Engineering sector, this becomes even more apparent with the…

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Making Sense of Mock Exams in GCSE English

Sometimes it may feel that those GCSE English mock exams are all a bit too much. Are they really necessary? This new video offers you 3 main reasons why they’re important for you. Thanks to Sam Walkerdine from https://www.theanfieldwrap.com for making this video.

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Descriptive Writing Tips for GCSE English

The descriptive writing question on your GCSE English Language paper carries a lot of marks and can make a big difference to your final grade. This blog post with free download sheet will provide you with an explanation of how to produce an original piece of descriptive writing in response to the question. In addition,…

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Recent Student Feedback

We’re proud of the work we do and that’s why we always like to receive student feedback. Here are some recent comments from a range of Year 11 students who are all studying for the GCSE English Language examination. One student reported valuing the work done to help familiarise him with the questions he’ll be…

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Practise descriptive writing for the GCSE English Language exam.

The descriptive writing question on Paper 1 carries a lot of marks so it’s certainly worth practising this to maximise your score. Typically, the GCSE English Language exam paper will provide you with a photo and ask you to describe something as suggested by the picture.  In light of today’s winter storms lashing the U.K., now…

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Destination GCSE English Language.

Out on a bright, crispy morning walking my dog, Henry, and high above, a white jetstream was soaring out towards the Atlantic. A quick look at the Flight Radar app on my phone tells me it’s a Lufthansa cargo plane en route from Frankfurt to Chicago. The current forecast for Chicago O’Hare International Airport is…

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Be Your Own Google

We all like to look our best, play our best, and be our best. It’s human nature. But try just a little too hard to impress and it can backfire. Your GCSE English exams are no different, especially when it comes to vocabulary choices. Here are a couple of examples from a Year 11 student…

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