Blog posts

How to revise for English? 12 April 2019

This is a question most English teachers have heard, probably most years, as many students seem to find it hard to see English as a subject that they can revise for in the same way that they study for... more

A New Year and a new course... 2 January 2019

As we look ahead to 2019 and all the things that a new year may bring, not the least will be developments in the Group 1 courses. As you will know from previous posts, changes are very much afoot - and... more

Happy Holiday Reading! 19 December 2018

Happy Holidays everyone! Many of us now get to take a well-earned break after a long and gruelling term. As we do so, we can joyfully push thoughts of Written Assignments, IOCs and EEs to one side (at... more

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