Useful links

Education – for teachers

  • Controlled Assessment – Letter to Times Educational Supplement
    18 May 2012 – My letter to the Times Educational Supplement on just one of the many issues around Controlled Assessment in GCSE English Literature
  • Geoff Barton
    Resources, articles and more, mainly for teachers by the prolific head teacher and English specialist Geoff Barton.
  • TED
    Innovative thinking to challenge and inspire.
  • English Literature

    Study guides and contextual information for A level English Literature, some of which explore the link between the Bible and Literature. Scholarly but accessible.
  • Luminarium
    A comprehensive anthology and guide to English literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Seventeenth Century, Restoration and Eighteenth Century.
  • Project Gutenberg
    Huge source of out of copyright ebooks to download. Site can be a little complicated to navigate and some scans are not perfect. Aimed at academic market.
  • Scottish Literature

  • Birlinn and Polygon
    Endless browsing for Scottish Literature and Scottish history devotees.
  • National Library of Scotland
    Has a great digital gallery – including Robert Burns and his poetry, Robert Louis Stevenson and more modern Scottish authors.
  • Theatre

  • Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
    Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse theatres. Independent, producing theatres.
  • National Theatre
    Definitely the most inspirational theatre venue in London.
  • Propeller Theatre
    Inventive theatre – including ‘Henry V’ (even if I didn’t like that show much!)
  • Rose Theatre
    Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames
  • Writing Skills

  • grammar monster
    Worksheets and practical advice to help students write accurately.
  • Oxford Dictionaries – better writing
    Guides to grammar, usage and punctuation. Perfect for students in Key Stages 3, 4 and even Sixth Form. A chance to learn how to get it right at last!