Sorry! Template Style 9 Available In Pro PluginTemplate Style 1 And Template Style 2 Available In This Plugin Students may recognise the most common literary devices like personification, alliteration and onomatopoeia, but their subsequent analysis of these can be superficial. Simply recognising a literary device...

I have taught at university for almost a decade now, and yet I still recall my first seminar. I was teaching in the English department, on the first-year undergraduate Shakespeare course, and we were discussing Romeo and Juliet. I had spent two days obsessively preparing a close reading of both Act One, Scene One, and...

How do you get boys to read? It’s a difficult question, and there isn’t an immediate answer. In the face of fierce competition from tablet games, consoles, social media and online content, more and more boys are turning away from reading and abandoning once cherished books. I have, however, reversed the tide on a few...

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! That’s certainly the view of most teachers and educators. Everyone can see that the majority of children play games, and indeed, obsess over them. Any parent whose progeny has got into Clash of Clans or Minecraft can see how consuming this pastime can become, and also – it must be said – how...

English is often criticised as a degree choice. Accused of failing to teach transferable skills that will benefit students when they are searching for a vocation, it is seen as a ‘soft’ subject and, with the recent increase in tuition fees, as a waste of money. I promise you that couldn’t be further from the truth, but...

Most independent schools have now adopted a form of online pretest, with City of London School for Boys deciding to implement this test just last week (May 2016). The tests continue to polarise opinion, with many parents and schools believing that the tests are impossible to prepare for, whilst others invest time and...

One of the many joys of private tuition is coming across students who learn in different ways. In a classroom this must be a nightmare, but for a private tutor it is a wonderful puzzle to solve, resulting in breakthroughs that can literally change someone’s life. One such group of students are the visual-spatial...

I wrote this sample story for a student who, when given the title ‘The Magic Box’, complained that he just wanted to write about his new bicycle. It’s important that students adhere to the brief they are given for short story writing, but it’s also important that they write about something that inspires them! The Magic...

For many years, one of my main roles at Winterwood was finding and recruiting tutors.  This was mainly done – as is common in the industry – through networks, and it meant that I would be introduced to a lot of people with experience of tutoring, or the potential to grow into a fantastic teacher. Experienced candidates...

People are obsessed with books. Reading, yes, but also books as tactile objects. To hold, to carry around, to gaze upon, to smell the pages of (it’s not just me, I’ve seen other people do it too). What does paradise look like to these people? Hogwarts library of course. Or, let’s be honest, any library. With shelves...