As I get older, I am starting to embrace some facets of middle age: comfortable shoes, sensible bedtimes, a strange fondness for Philip Schofield. The things I looked on as sad, or clichéd, as a chipper young twenty-year-old, now have … Continue reading Lesson Planning: It’s an Oldie but a Goodie!
We’ve written before about impostor syndrome, that nagging sense that the certificates you hold and the years of experience under your belt still don’t qualify you to do your job. Well, we’re going to take that one step further now … Continue reading Do Your Students Make You Feel Second-Rate?
Students need role models; they need someone to aspire to, to look up to, to make them think I could do that. Despite great strides in sexual equality, all too often these role models are male – after all, women … Continue reading Five Inspirational Women We Should Be Talking About To Students
Though secondary school teachers are of course experts in their chosen fields, it’s probably fair to state that most of us have an Achilles heel. Mine is poetry. Fellow English teachers extol the emotional connection that they had with a poem, while the emotional connection I typically experience is deep confusion. The Cox Report (1989), which helped to establish the national curriculum as we know it, brilliantly described poetry as ‘language made strange’, though chances are its author foresaw the students finding it alien rather than those charged with teaching it. Remarkably, the poetry essays I wrote at university all … Continue reading What’s Your Achilles’ Heel?
Beyond explores My Last Duchess poem by Robert Browning, helping GCSE students with the Power and Conflict module for AQA English Literature Paper 2. Continue reading Revise My Last Duchess by Robert Browning: Power and Conflict Poems
Download the War Photographer lesson pack here. Context Carol Ann Duffy made history in 2009 when she became the first woman to hold the post of Poet Laureate. War Photographer is a poem about war and its effects on civilians. The poem discusses the lasting effects of war trauma on those photographers who take pictures of famine and battle. It also deals with the broader ethical issue of whether observing and photographing war rather than helping is the right thing to do. It makes us question, along with the photographer, the worth of risking life to document conflict around the … Continue reading Revise ‘War Photographer’ by Carol Anne Duffy
Use Beyond’s blog to revise London by William Blake for GCSE English, focusing on structure, language analysis, and context. Continue reading Revise London by William Blake: Power and Conflict Poems
Help students revise for AQA English Literature Paper 2 with Beyond’s revision blog on Imtiaz Dharker’s Tissue poem – exploring key themes from the poem. Continue reading Revise Tissue Poem by Imtiaz Dharker: Power and Conflict Poems
Revise Poppies by Jane Weir and help GCSE English students study Power and COnflict poetry for their AQA English Literature Paper 2 exam. Continue reading Revise Poppies by Jane Weir: Power and Conflict Poems
Beyond explores Remains poem by Simon Armitage, helping GCSE English students with the AQA Power and Conflict module for AQA English Literature Paper 2. Continue reading Revise Remains by Simon Armitage: Power and Conflict Poems