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Teachit Talk | May 3rd 2012


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

Hitting the headlines: education news


The head of Ofqual has signalled wide-ranging reforms to tackle persistent grade inflation, caused by examiners giving students 'the benefit of the doubt'.

Exams watchdog plans A-level reforms to curb persistent grade inflation (The Guardian)


Secondary school students are not eating enough food at lunchtime, despite significant improvements in the nutritional value of meals in schools.

School pupils 'not eating enough' (BBC)


A former CEO of a federation of academy schools is accused of using his official credit card to buy lavish meals and refurbish holiday homes.

Inquiry lays bare academy chief's lavish spending of school funds (The Guardian)

Book news and competitions


A tale of two writers


Oxford scholars have revealed that Shakespeare probably collaborated with Thomas Middleton to write All's Well That Ends Well. Professor Maguire, who headed up the research, suggests that a majority of plays written in this era had more than one writer: 'We need to think of it more as a film studio with teams of writers'.

Shakespeare's 'co-author' named by Oxford scholars (The BBC)

With the Olympics games just around the corner, try the Keats-Shelley prize for a poetry competition with a golden theme.


As part of the exciting new Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands exhibition, the British library is hosting free student and teacher workshops.

Keats-Shelley homepage


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Topical treasure of the week


Inference rectangle encourages students to record their first impressions of a text - a great starter or initial reading task.

  Inference rectangle  

Resource templates


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

Online tricks and treats


For an alternative presentation tool to PowerPoint or Prezi, try Stupeflix, which allows you to mix photos, video and music in seconds.


If your classroom is looking a bit down in the dumps, use Photovisi for instant photo-collage displays.


Whizzy and wonderful

  Whizzy and wonderful  

Whizzy links is a miscellany of digital tools and treats, free to all for the next two weeks.

Pearson is recruiting examiners for Edexcel GCSE English Literature


Edexcel is part of Pearson UK, a unique education company. We bring together publishing, exams and new technologies to help teachers and learners fulfil their potential.


We currently have a number of opportunities for UK based English teachers to mark GCSE English Literature examinations this for this summer and beyond. This is a great opportunity to develop assessment experience in a part-time role, which can be performed around present work commitments.

Examiners mark candidates’ responses in accordance with a pre-defined mark scheme. Most subjects will be marked using our onscreen software, ePEN. This allows our examiners the flexibility of working from home.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

For a full list of vacancies, please visit Email with any queries.


  What’s on!



The Review Show

Kirsty Wark and guests discuss new novels and the Orange Prize shortlist.

Friday 11th May

11:00 – 11.45pm



Shakespeare in Italy

Francesco da Mosto explores Italy's profound influence on the bard.

Thursday 3rd May and 10th May







Ross Raisin discusses his debut novel God's Own Country with an audience of readers.
Sunday 6th May
BBC Radio 4


Word of Mouth

Michael Rosen investigates the language of 'chuggers'.

Tuesday 7th May


BBC Radio 4


Shakespeare's Restless World

Neil MacGregor explores the world of Shakespeare and his audience through 20 objects in this new series.

From 16th April-11th May

7.45pm daily

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


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


Recently published in paperback


Skagboys by Irvine Welsh


The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith


The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes


Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman


Embassytown by China Mieville


Pure by Andrew Miller




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