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Teachit Talk | July 12th 2012


Welcome to Teachit's fortnightly round-up of all things English and educational!

Hitting the headlines: education news

Labour proposes to set up new 'service schools' staffed by soliders, in a bid to raise aspirations in poor areas.
Labour wants to set up military schools (BBC)
Labour plan to set up 'Service Schools' staffed by soldiers (Telegraph)

Jamie Oliver argues latest inquiry into school food is a waste of time.
Gove's school food inquiry gets roasting from Jamie Oliver (Guardian)
Restaurant owners to review school meals (BBC)

Thousands of schools are not 'fit for purpose'.
Overcrowded and crumbling: cutbacks leave schools in crisis (Independent)

Book news and competitions

Maureen Johnson has won the 'Queen of Teen' award. The award recognises authors who deal with 'real-life issues in a way that is honest, entertaining and fun' for teenagers.
Maureen Johnson wins Queen of Teen prize (Guardian)
A £1000 prize and a trip to Paris are up for grabs in the John Betjeman poetry competition, open to younger students (aged 10-13), on the theme of 'place'.

Try the Around the World in 80 Words competition for a flash fiction special. There are even free classroom resources available if you fancied doing it with your students.
Wicked Young Writers Award

A busman's holiday?

Whatever the weather, the annual well-earned rest is on its way – yippee! Make more time to enjoy your own summer reading, and bag a bargain in Teachit’s bookshop.

We’re joining in the summer sale madness this year and offering a holiday-licious 25% discount on our books, packs and posters, including our latest compendium of classroom wisdom, Take Five.
25 percent off
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Offer ends 30th September and excludes GCSE English for OCR.

Topical treasure of the week

We've a whole page of topical treasures for you this week, featuring a great selection of games and fun resources to take you right through to the end of term ...
  Balloon debate  

Resource templates

For all our shiny new Teachit resources, visit our Latest additions and Latest resources pages.

Online tricks and treats

Do any of you run a G&T club (of the non-liquid variety!)? One of our staffroom users is starting a club for years 10 and 11 and would appreciate some activity ideas!

Everyone likes a bit of storyboarding and it's so much easier when using Bitstrips – a quick and easy comic book creator.

Whizzy and wonderful

As an end of term present we've made Hangman free to all – enjoy!
  Try Hangman free til 20th July  

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What’s on!


Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings
Art historian Janina Ramirez looks at texts from the Tudor period.
Saturday 14th July
8.00 – 9.00pm

Shakespeare Uncovered
David Tennant explores the different approaches actors have taken to the role of the troubled Danish prince. Tuesday 17th July
11.20pm – 12.20am

Secret Lives of the Artist: Vermeer
Andrew Graham-Dixon explores the life of painter Johannes Vermeer who is best know for his portrait 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'.
Wednesday 18th July
10.30 – 11.30pm



Front Row
Mark Lawson interviews writer Nicola Barker about her new novel The Yips
Thursday 12th July
7.15 – 7.45pm
BBC Radio 4

The Verb
Ian McMillan presents the writing performance show, with poet Julia Copus and writer Charles Fernyhough.
Friday 13th July
10.00 – 10.45pm
BBC Radio 3

Saturday Review
Writers Louise Doughty and Natalie Haynes discuss the Young Vic's production of A Doll's House and other upcoming cultural events.
Saturday 14th July
7.15 – 8.00pm
BBC Radio 4

My Teenage Diary
Writer Toby Young reflects on his misspent youth.
Wednesday 18th July
6.30 – 7.00pm
BBC Radio 4


The Comedy of Errors
16th March – 6th October 2012
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Twelfth Night
8th March – 6th October 2012
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Tempest
30th March 2012 – 7th October 2012
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

World Shakespeare Festival 2012
23rd April – November 2012

Henry V
7th June – 26th August 2012
Shakespeare's Globe, London

The Taming of the Shrew
26th June – 13th October 2012
Shakespeare's Globe, London

Richard III
14th July – 13th October 2012
Shakespeare's Globe, London

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
8th May – 9th September 2012
The threesixty theatre, Kensington, London

Private Peaceful
18th September – 29th September 2012
Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Recently published

Bertie Plays the Blues: A 44 Scotland Street Novel by Alexander McCall Smith

Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd

Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer


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