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Chaucer revision

13 Apr

Here’s a document with a number of practice exam questions for ‘The Wife of Bath’.

The Wife of Bath – revision questions


AS English Language – practice

13 Apr

Here’s another practice paper for Component One, Section B.

Practice paper – component one section b ronnie corbett

Language and gender extension material

6 Apr

Studying AS English language? Check out these resources to broaden your understanding of the issues.



Mary Anning #womenshistorymonth

Quiz yourself

6 Apr

Here’s a link to a very useful Quizlet resource for learning language and structure vocabulary:

GCSE Practice Papers

6 Apr

Below you’ll find lots of downloadable practice papers for GCSE English:


Blood brothers questions

Conflict Poetry

Romeo and Juliet – Act 4 scene 3


Language Paper One:

English language Creative writing 1

English language Creative writing 2

English language Creative writing 3

English Language Paper 1 Jekyll and Hyde

GCSE Language Paper 1 JH


Language Paper Two:

English Language Paper 2 – Non-fiction analysis holiday accidents

English Language Paper 2 – Non-fiction analysis Pets and Animals

English Language Paper 2 – Non-fiction writing 1

English Language Paper 2 – Non-fiction writing 2

English Language Paper 2, practice 3 – Non-fiction analysis technology

English Language Paper 2, practice 4 – Non-fiction analysis Australia



GCSE updates

6 Apr

Ofqual – the body responsible for monitoring exam boards – have updated their advice about grades this summer. Previously, the government had indicated that a Grade 5 will be seen as a ‘good’ pass. This language, and the slightly conflicting messages about the merits of Grades 4 and 5, have been set aside this week.

Now Grade 4 will be the level of a ‘standard’ pass, while Grade 5 will be recognised as a ‘strong’ pass.  So, in short, no one who achieves a Grade 4 or higher will face the prospect of re-sits in the Sixth form.

Ofqual have also estimated the proportions of students who will be awarded each grade this summer. Bear in mind, these are only estimates:

grade estimate

Lastly, a petition asking MPs in the House of Commons to consider the closed book nature of the new GCSEs in English has gained nearly 110,000 signatures. MPs will debate the changes in Westminster on the 24th April.

Improve your writing

6 Apr

spongebob writingThinking about how to improve your performance for the creative and non-fiction writing tasks for GCSE English Language? Look no further.

Start with your punctuation. You might be interested in these statistics from 2014. The average sentence length for students who achieved A* grades was 16.8 words per sentence. Grade C students averaged 17.7 words per sentence; Grade D students, 23.4; Grade F students, 28.3. Clearly using punctuation regularly and accurately is important!

If you want to show off your ability to use punctuation in a varied way, try the punctuation pyramid below. If the only punctuation you use in your creative and non-fiction writing comes from the top of the pyramid, you aren’t doing yourself any favours. The exam board want to see a ‘range’ of punctuation devices used. Aim for the bottom two rows:


Not too confident about using semi-colons? Check out The Oatmeal’s handy guide – it’s weird, but you’ll remember it! How to use a semi-colon

It’s probably worth brushing up on your understanding of commas too:

comma rules

Another way to improve your writing is to improve your vocabulary. There are lots of resources online to help with this. Why not browse Pinterest or download a Word of the Day app? It’s also very helpful to read examples of other people’s writing (you’ll encounter a whole world of different vocabulary and ways to phrase ideas). Reading for just 20 minutes a day for a year means that you’ll be exposed to about 1.8 million words. Can’t hurt!

vocab builder