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‘We like non-fiction because we live in fictitious times.’ David Shields

In the busy whirl of the autumn term, you may not have noticed that it's National Non-Fiction November. The dedication of a whole month, rather than just a day, gives readers the opportunity to raise the status of non-fiction to the heady heights of fiction.

Have a look at our non-fiction resources and teaching packs for some fresh ideas.

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Annabel Wall

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Featured resources

Analysing persuasive texts

Students are given a selection of short persuasive texts to analyse. Includes some very useful, detailed answers. A very popular resource – especially at KS3!

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Recipe for reading

An innovative way to inspire students to read fiction and non-fiction books - by advertising them on a cereal box.

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Writing tasks: letters and leaflets

A detailed resource that guides students through the different language used in these two non-fiction forms. Great for GCSE paper 2 preparation.

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Analysing a Born Free Foundation text

A persuasive charity letter and accompanying activities for students to analyse. Another popular resource at KS4.

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Fed up with trawling the internet for quality non-fiction?

Our two popular teaching packs Reading non-fiction texts and Reading more non-fiction texts are full of quality texts and exam practice. A great time-saver for busy English teachers.

Free to subscribers or £15 for free members to download.

The theme for this year's National Non-Fiction November is 'Food and Festivals Around the World'. The Federation of Children's Book Groups have some free resources on their website. Although designed for KS2, there are some great ideas that could easily be adapted for year 7. They even have some free bunting to print and cut for your classroom!

English news


British teachers work harder than peers in most other countries, study finds – Independent

Children's screen time has little effect on sleep, says study – BBC

Why do some schools still ban girls from playing football? – Guardian

Macbeth re-told in an immersive audio production students will love

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Network for Learning – CPD courses for teachers

Course information: Leading Literacy to Outstanding at Bath Spa University
Date: 28 November 2018
Presenter: Graham Tyrer

This course offers practical, evidence-based strategies to help pupils improve their literacy confidence and competence in the 11-19 phase.

  • What makes outstanding literacy and what does the research tell us
  • How to develop whole-school approaches to literacy
  • How do we track literacy progress and measure improvements in impact
  • How do we share best practice across the school
  • How to work positively with the inspection process
  • How to help pupils develop a ‘thirst for learning’ and become leaders of literacy.


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