Unseen Non-Fiction Preparation Pack for OCR GCSE Language: Secrets and Lies

Unseen Fiction / Non-Fiction Preparation Packs for OCR GCSE Language: Secrets and Lies

Boost students’ confidence in analysing unseen fiction and non-fiction texts with these rich and comprehensive banks of ❶ extracts with ❷ student activities and ❸ exam-style questions.

Full preparation for the reading sections of the OCR GCSE English Language specification:

❶ Carefully considered extracts

  • Includes 8 debate-provoking extracts – or pairs of extracts for comparative packs
  • Wide range of intriguing themes from secret societies to beauty blogging – mirrors the unpredictability of the Reading exams and prepares students for tricky texts

❷ Accompanying introductory and differentiated worksheets

  • Clearly structured pre-reading, comprehension and analysis activities for each extract
  • Develop key analytical skills needed for exam success
  • Answers to all activities – ideal for quick marking!
Worksheets available at two fully differentiated levels:
1. Scaffolded activities allow lower-ability students a straightforward way into the text
2. ‘Taking it Further’ extension sheets challenge high achievers!


❸ Exam-style questions for every question type

  • Apply learning and improve exam technique
  • Plus! Full student-friendly mark schemes – perfect for self-assessment and identifying areas for improvement

Embed in lesson plans or hand out for individual study!

Price is £79 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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GCSE English Language Structured Cover Lessons

Structured Cover Lessons for GCSE English Language

16 fully resourced, versatile cover lessons ensure high-quality GCSE English Language cover, even for unplanned absences!

Structured lessons that supply teachers can pick up easily

  • Standalone: All resources provided including answers and examples – great for non-specialists!
  • Student-friendly worksheets covering a diverse range of language topics, allowing you to choose a lesson that fits with your scheme of work
  • Designed to cover key new GCSE spec requirements across Reading and Writing
  • Built-in Extension Tasks and Challenge Tasks ensure even your fastest finishers stay motivated and
    on-task for the whole lesson
  • Plus self-marking checklists to help students target weaker areas independently

All student worksheets packed with innovative and visually appealling tasks from composing Haikus to analysing the language of Dickens and H G Wells!

Lessons include: Responding to Reading; Reading for Information; Writing About a Text; Using Meaningful Vocabulary; Perfect Your Proofreading; Describing in Detail;
Creating Setting; Using Imagery; Building a Character

‘Clearly focuses on the requirements of the new GCSE specifications and would help students develop the required skills. A very useful resource and would help many, if not all, English departments set effective cover when subject specialists are absent.’ – L Deighton, Head of English and Independent Reviewer

Price is £69 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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GCSE SOS Creative Writing Cards (exams from 2017)

GCSE SOS Creative Writing Cards (exams from 2017)

Creative Writing Cards cover:

  • Idea generation techniques
  • Character creation methods
  • Foreshadowing
  • Character motivations
  • Pacing
  • … And much more!

Clear and Versatile Teaching Aids!

Three sets of double-sided prompt cards focus on the components of narrative and non-fiction writing. The front of each card explains a concept, while the reverse offers a fully contained activity.

  • Adaptable – easy to use in series or as stand-alone cards
  • Flexible – great for independent work, creative writing groups, homework, or as class activities

Great Preparation for GCSE Exams!

❶  Inspirations cards provide idea generation techniques. ❷  Makeover cards explain the editing process – the ideal remedy for when a student cries ‘I’m finished!’❸ The Extra Mile cards stretch students to be convincing, effective and clear. Everything your student needs for AO5!

‘The choice of topic areas is very strong. Guides students through all of the key stages of fiction creation. I liked the general organizational mode, moving from initial inspiration to makeover.’ – J Clarke, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

‘A useful set of tasks which you could literally copy and distribute. Good to inform teaching, and to prompt students to write in an area where they generally feel quite uncomfortable. Directs towards achieving the elements of the mark scheme which are often overlooked. I really liked the three sections in the process; writing a story which develops the more basic skills; then moving on to review the writing and edit and develop it further, and then to add more to the story to enhance the skills. This lends itself to differentiation. The advice on writing an effective piece of creative writing is very good and provides a stage by stage build up of techniques in the first batch of cards. It encourages pupils to review their writing and enables them to see how to use the elements of creative writing which receive marks. I like the references to spicing up syntax and being more ambitious with vocabulary, as for students who struggle with spelling, this can be a lifeline to a large number of marks.’ – K Chanter, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

“These are genius. Simple, effective, focusing on different aspects of a short story – they would provide pupils with a host of places to start! Broken up into Inspirations, Makeover Moments and The Extra Mile – the planning, drafting and upgrading sections are all covered.” – S Owen, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

Price is £39 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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The Winter’s Tale Comprehensive Guide for A Level (exams from 2016)

The WinterSet text for:

AQA A AS & A Level

Structured and detailed analysis illuminates Shakespeare’s meaningful play about love, repentance and time. Focused commentary on key quotes helps students consider the play’s multifaceted characters, complex genre and intriguing ending.

Engage your students!

Throughout:

  • debate prompts
  • active learning tasks
  • further reading suggestions
  • key literary and linguistic terms
  • practice essay questions

Tackles the key stages of text analysis:

  1. Walk-through – Thorough section-by-section commentary walks students through each scene
  2. Drawing it all together – In-depth discussion of whole text focuses on: characterisation, relationships, genre, themes, language, form, structure, context
  3. Indicative content – Supports teaching by ensuring all key areas are covered

“I think this resource is fabulously detailed and incredibly accurate in its interpretation of the play. A really good go-to guide when it comes to picking this play up and teaching it to the demands of the new specification for A Level for the first time.” – K Chanter, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

Price is £59 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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The Tempest Exam Preparation Pack (OCR AS and OCR A Level)

The Tempest Exam Preparation Pack (OCR AS and OCR A Level)

Don’t leave your students adrift as they journey towards their OCR exams! Help your class apply understanding of The Tempest and sharpen exam technique with exam advice, exam-style questions, mark schemes and model answers, specifically designed to ensure safe passage to success in the AS and A Level OCR Component 1 exam.

  • Student-friendly summaries and revision activities on key elements of The Tempest – including themes of freedom and betrayal and motifs of servant and master – prompt students to refresh knowledge before attempting questions
  • Heaps of unique exam-style questions not available from OCR – 10 for AS, 12 for A Level. Great for mocks!
    • Plus an ‘exam-question generator’ providing students with countless opportunities for practice!
  • ‘How to Write a Great Essay’ section containing:
    • Essay sentence starters to offset writer’s block;
    • Writing plans to provide a framework for answering essay questions;
    • Suggested strategies illustrating how questions can be broken down into logical chunks;
    • Plus! Sample paragraphs with annotations, activities and tips
  • Six original sample essays with detailed AO commentary and marking exercises – familiarise students with examiner thinking and demonstrate how to improve grades
  • Student-friendly mark schemes – perfect for easy marking and self-assessment
  • Includes indicative content for all exam-style questions

Ready to embed into your revision programme in class or as homework.

‘The resource would definitely improve analytical skills and planning… It is particularly strong in terms of close-text analysis and questions.’ – L Churchill, English Teacher and independent Reviewer

‘It provides exactly what they need in the approach to their exams. The author clearly knows the play very well and has provided some excellent and very useful sample answers on various questions. The author also clearly has a thorough grasp of the examination paper, as the sample questions are great and really useful.’ – C Hughes, Teacher, Examiner and Independent Reviewer

“In my opinion, the content is excellent. This is a well structured and engaging exam pack that will be of benefit to teachers and students alike.” – M Lloyd, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

Price is £59 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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Unseen Fiction / Non-Fiction Preparation Packs for Edexcel GCSE Language – Identity

Unseen Fiction / Non-Fiction Preparation Packs for Edexcel GCSE Language - Identity

Boost students’ confidence in analysing unseen fiction and non-fiction texts with these rich and comprehensive banks of ❶ extracts with ❷ student activities and ❸ exam-style questions.

Full preparation for the reading sections of the Edexcel GCSE English Language specification:

❶ Carefully considered extracts

  • Includes 8 debate-provoking extracts – or pairs of extracts for comparative packs
  • Wide range of intriguing themes from secret societies to beauty blogging – mirrors the unpredictability of the Reading exams and prepares students for tricky texts

❷ Accompanying introductory and differentiated worksheets

  • Clearly structured pre-reading, comprehension and analysis activities for each extract
  • Develop key analytical skills needed for exam success
  • Answers to all activities – ideal for quick marking!
Worksheets available at two fully differentiated levels:
1. Scaffolded activities allow lower-ability students a straightforward way into the text
2. ‘Taking it Further’ extension sheets challenge high achievers!


❸ Exam-style questions for every question type

  • Apply learning and improve exam technique
  • Plus! Full student-friendly mark schemes – perfect for self-assessment and identifying areas for improvement

Embed in lesson plans or hand out for individual study!

‘Full of wonderful texts and sample responses… It matches the specification brilliantly… Pupils can self and peer assess and can also have the opportunity to view sample responses, too.’ – V Kondou, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

Price is £79 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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Bridging the Gap from GCSE to A Level English Language

Bridging the Gap from GCSE to A Level English Language

Demystify terminology and target tricky areas with this series of engaging, progressively challenging language activities. Tackling the transition from GCSE to A Level, this pack provides fun but thorough practice across the fundamentals of textual analysis.

  • ‘Term/definition’ match up
  • ‘Regional accent’ role play
  • Mind maps
  • Discussion tasks
  • And much more!


  • Heaps of engaging activities clearly structured by each language level – easy to dip in and out of!
  • Gradually builds in difficulty – ensuring students have the confidence to improve skills and expand understanding
  • Enjoyable stimulus material across relevant text types from text messages to cooking instructions – perfect practice for applying knowledge to unseen extracts
  • Great for all learners – providing ‘tips’ for weaker learners and ‘extension tasks’ for high achievers
  • Answers to all activities included!
  • ‘A student mastering the content in this resource would have a strong foundation for A Level Language. It reviews content from GCSE and by explicitly referring to known concepts, builds towards the new – it delivers on its promise!’ – A Baiden, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

    ‘It explicitly covers all aspects of the terminology that students will have encountered at GCSE but builds upon this knowledge to ensure continuity with progressively challenging activities. It will greatly assist students in the transition phase from GCSE to A Level.’ – L Loxton, Independent Reviewer

    >’What a great idea… This resource is an excellent way of developing linguistic analysis at the end of GCSE and the texts provided would also be useful unseens at GCSE level for revision, as well as extending the higher ability.’ – P Town, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

    Price is £59 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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