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How it all started…

I love delivering CPD. Whilst on maternity leave during lockdown, I got to thinking about how many teachers, particularly those new to the profession, were missing out on quality CPD because all our brilliant conferences and in-school training was on hold. I love doing it, and while there is an appetite for my sessions, I will keep putting them on and continue to donate 50% of the profits from live ticket sales to charitable causes. My chosen charities so far have been CoppaFeel!, TouchstoneLovesFood,an orphanage of girls in Tanzania who are facing eviction and need a new building, The Children’s Society and Made with Music. I’m happy to consider other worthwhile causes for future CPD, too. Feel free to make suggestions to me on Twitter or in the comments below!

If you would like to book in to any of my future CPD sessions, you can find them all on Eventbrite.

You can find my whole catalogue of sessions on Vimeo where you can rent individual videos or get a monthly subscription for your whole department to have unlimited access to all past and future sessions.

All the resources from my CPD sessions are available here for free, even to those people who have not taken part in them. Some of them are my original designs, and some are inspired by or taken from elsewhere – mainly from the wonderful #TeamEnglish community on Twitter.

poetry resources

Students collect vocabulary they can use to describe different types of conflict in their essays. I like to stick this taxonomy into their anthologies so that they can add to them over the course of their studies.

Recall activity – students complete the image of the Duchess, then add any items in the background they can remember from the poem (e.g. a horse, cherries etc.), they then add curtains to the frame (as it is described in the poem) annd from memory put as many quotations as they can in the frame itself, then annotate from memory. They can also turn paper over and do a ‘brain dump’, writing down everything they can remember about the context of the poem.

This sheet has lines about the weather from Exposure – students use it to make notes FROM MEMORY for possible analysis, context and links with other poems.

This is a little prompt sheet to support students with their analytical writing…

Students use this to guide their notes in preparation for an essay – the key idea or question goes in the middle…

I’ve created new poems using odd lines from different poems in the anthology. You could use this as a challenging recall activity and get students to annotate the reforged poem, noting: the original poem each line is from, the writer, points for possible analysis, context. They can then use the reforged poem to explore potential links between these different texts.

I also find that students quite enjoy creating their own reforged poems – give them a theme, such as childhood, and ask them to use lines from all the anthology poems to create something new.

‘Literally, Metaphorically, Symbolically’ is a lovely way of looking at analysis. Students must consider meaning at three different levels. This resource takes them through some guided questions to support their thinking.

These two adjective analysis sheets take students through a detailed exploration of vocabulary in both poems, ending in a focused writing task.

I have ‘reduced’ the poem so that there are only a few words left from each line. This allows students to see the poem from a different angle and can be a useful way to focus their thinking and analysis. You could also use this resource as a recall activity and see how muh of the poem the students can reconstruct, using only these few words as a starting point.

Drama resources

This resource supports students to look at characterisation – they can work through how a particular scene works on a physical/literal level, an emotional level and a more profound psychological level for a character. This is a version which allows you to compare two characters.

This is a very simple depiction of a stage which students can use as a base to design a scene and think like a director or set designer. They can consider where actors would stand, how they might move, what the audience might see, how things interact with each other in the space to create meaning.

romeo and juliet

short stories

Find the brilliant ‘Art of the Sentence’ resources from Leone Ross on her Facebook page. You can also find her on Twitter (@leoneross) and Instagram (@leone.ross)

jekyll & hyde

The resources from this session were all screen grabs of activities so you can find all of these in the power point below.


Here is the powerpoint from this session:

These are the SPAG target sheets which my previous English department at Appleton Academy in Bradford created:

I’d also highly recommend that you check out the Grammar and Punctuation Quiz on the Senecal Learn website.

an inspector calls

This session talked, among other things, about how we approach suicide in the English classroom. I’d recommend that people look at the Samaritans website for guidance on this. Also, Matt Pinkett has written an excellent post for the benefit of English teachers.

Session powerpoint:


WOTW resources available here: https://mysparkwords.com/work

Recommended reading:

  • ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’ by Alex Quigley
  • ‘You Can’t Revise for GCSE English’ by Mark Roberts

Approaches to Texts

Link to Rebecca Lee’s blog on modelling here.

Link to my blog on Knowledge Audits with comparative models here.


Literary theory

behaviour for nqts

LOVE in literature

  1. Lust and Obsession

2. Love and Violence

3. Forbidden Love

Shakespeare series

  1. Comedies

2. Tragedies

3. Histories

Unseen Poetry


‘Tissue’ by Imtiaz Dharker

AQA P&C Anthology

AQA L&R Anthology

AQA Language Papers Series

  1. AQA English Language Paper 1 READING section

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