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4 easy ways to expand your child's vocabulary

August 9th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

All parents want their children to do well in school and develop those all-important skills along the way to enjoy a better adult life. One way we can really help our children to succeed is to encourage them to develop their vocabulary. There are plenty of ways to do this including the most obvious which are to read to your child, encourage them to read themselves and of course to talk to your child.

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4 reasons why kids should study Shakespeare

July 6th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.

- William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare is known by many people as t... Read More »

Exploring the Year 2 SAT's

April 14th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

If you have a child in year 2 or year 6 you may well be aware of the SATs they will have to face at the end of Key stages 1 and 2. Today we are going to explore the Year 2 SATs test. Children who started Year 2 in September 2015 will be the first to take the new style Key stage 1 SATs in May 2016.

What are the Year 2 SATs?

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Do the Classics put teenagers off reading?

September 25th, 2015 by Sarah Adams

The Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and children's author David Walliams issue a call to publishers and schools to make English pupils Europe's most literate.

Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan argued that:

Books by Authors inc... Read More »

Brush up on your English grammar

January 22nd, 2015 by Sarah Adams

English was taught very thoroughly in the distant past. However, by the time many of us went to school, the way that English language was taught began to change. Many schools placed less of an emphasis on correct grammar, choosing instead to allow pupils to express themselves without their commas in the right places. However a knowledge and effective execution of these principles can put you at a great advantage, and an Engli... Read More »

An Essay on Essay Writing

July 25th, 2013 by Sam

Essay writing is a key skill in higher and further education. Speaking from a student's point of view, it is not just about what you write but how you write and express yourself - a degree of skill in English is definitely needed.

I never really felt like I was prepared for the standard required for writing at University. When I studied for my GCSEs I never had to produce an extended piece of writing, with the exception of my English language coursework and literat... Read More »

Word power - 10 tips to improve vocabulary

February 21st, 2012 by Sara

Words gradually enter a person's vocabulary over a long period of time. Having an extensive vocabulary can aid with expression and communication. Using accurate, strong and descriptive vocabulary in an English GCSE exam will help you gain extra marks!

Below are a few tips to help you extend your vocabulary.

1. If you enjoy reading, try to find material written in a dif... Read More »

GCSE English and maths - more important than ever!

November 28th, 2011 by Sara

It's not so much about how many GCSEs you obtain but what GCSEs you obtain. This may seem to be a surprising statement to make but recent research has found that there is a strong link between cities that have a high youth unemployment rate with the lack of GCSE English and Maths. Between 2007 and 2010 nearly 50% of pupils living in cities left education without GCSE grades A* to C in these s... Read More »

English spelling – the craziest system in the world!

September 26th, 2011 by Sara

For many students that study English as a second language, the majority will agree that learning to pronounce and spell in English can be a nightmare! Although English verbs are simple in comparison to most languages; with the subjugation changing only in the 3rd person ("he sees, she sees") and with the past tense needing only an "-ed" at the end of most words - when it comes to spelling ... Read More »

Help with essay writing

September 19th, 2011 by Sara

We receive hundreds of requests from students asking for help with essay writing because it is such an important aspect of many academic subjects.

An essay has been defined in a variety of ways. One definition is a "prose composition with a focused subject of discussion" or a "long, systematic discourse". In its broadest sense, an essay is a piece of writing, usually from an author's personal point of view... Read More »

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