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The Language Criterion 10 November 2018
A question recently posted on this website asked for some guidance on the distinction between the level 4 and 5 descriptors for Language, picking out the difficulty of distinguishing between language... more
The Results are in... 9 August 2018
I was talking recently to a Head of English who was scratching his head having received a huge spreadsheet of data on this year’s IB results from his school, including graphs showing results from the... more
'Taking Ownership...' 20 April 2018
'Taking Ownership' is a phrase that I find myself using a lot in lessons and it relates to a central idea that can be applied in various ways through the course’s different modes of assessment. I... more
Luddites, Laputans and Literature teachers 30 March 2018
Five recommendations, after a preamble about technology, teachers and Literature...If there is a stereotype of a Literature teacher (and I am sure there are several), one of the defining characteristics... more
Happy New Year 7 January 2018
Are you one for new year’s resolutions? Browsing around for inspirational quotations, I come across this from G K Chesterton: "The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is... more
A Christmas Present 19 December 2017
Here's a Christmas present for you: Dylan Thomas reading his story, A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Find below this virtual Christmas tree, a link to a recording of the poet reading this at Steinway Hall,... more
Remember, remember, the Fifth of November... 5 November 2017
Several, somewhat unconnected things...Interesting article in the UK’s Guardian newspaper today: famous writers/artists making recommendations of their favourite graphic novels. If anyone knows some... more
The New Course (2019): the story so far… 23 September 2017
Change is coming. Writing those three simple words, it is hard not to think of the motto of House Stark - “Winter is coming” - and the armies of White Walkers marching (very slowly as it turns out)... more
"Read, my child. Read." 29 April 2017
Watch the short video below of civil-rights campaigner and congressman John Lewis accepting America's National Book Award for young people's literature last year. He won the award for the third volume... more