Publications

The A Level textbooks I’ve worked on
Textbooks for Cambridge International exams and the Caribbean curriculum
GCSE study guides I’ve written or co-written

At this point, I’ve worked on quite a few educational texts for different publishers, and for different kinds of students.

A set of KS3 anthologies and accompanying teacher guides I contributed to

I thought I’d show you (most of) them here, but there is also a comprehensive list below if you want to check the full details.

Books

  • York Notes: Rapid Revision: Lord of the Flies for AQA 9-1 GCSE, York Press, 2019.
  • York Notes, Rapid Revision Cards: Lord of the Flies for AQA 9-1 GCSE, York Press, 2019.
  • York Notes: Poetry Power and Conflict Anthology Guide for AQA 9-1 GCSE, 2nd ed, York Press, 2017
  • York Notes: Poetry Power and Conflict Workbook for AQA 9-1 GCSE, York Press, 2017
  • York Notes: A Christmas Carol Exam Practice for AQA 9-1 GCSE, Balberry Press, 2017
  • English A: A Concise Revision Course for CSEC, (1 chapter written), with Mike Gould, Julia Burchell, Angela Lalla, Dorothy L Warner, Collins, 2017
  • York Notes: A Christmas Carol Workbook for 9-1 GCSE, Balberry Press, 2016
  • York Notes: Poetry Power and Conflict Anthology Guide for AQA 9-1 GCSE, Balberry Press, 2016
  • AQA A Level English Language, with Dan Clayton, Angela Goddard, Felicity Titjen, OUP, 2015
  • York Notes: Lord of the Flies (revision/update for new 9-1 GCSEs), Balberry Press, 2015
  • IGCSE First Language English, Nelson Thornes, 2014
  • English for Jamaica Workbook: Grade 7/8/9, Nelson Caribbean, 2015.
  • Aiming for: Grammar for GCSE English, with Mike Gould, Collins, 2014
  • Essential Anthology: Creativity and Imagination (student book and teacher book) with Jane Branson, Ken Haworth, Trevor Millum, Nelson Thornes, 2014
  • Essential Anthology: Communication and Information (student book and teacher book) with Christine Brooks, Caroline Davis, Ken Haworth, Nelson Thornes, 2014
  • AQA AS A English Language Student’s Book, Nelson Thornes, Cheltenham, 2008,  with Dan Clayton, 2nd ed. Sept 2013

Online Resource Sites Contributed to:

Periodicals

  • emagazine, 2006-2015: range of A Level English topics covered – specific literary texts; modelled linguistic analysis; sociolinguistic topics; how to revise for English subjects.

Teaching Resource Packs/Photocopiables

  • Packs for ZigZag Education including: Complete Guide to Plath’s ArielCupcakes and Kalashnikovs guide (2 editions covering different set sections); Language Frameworks activities
  • English Language A Level student distance learning materials, Oxford Open Learning – update to match new specification

About

I’m an English teacher and writer living in Leicester in the East Midlands of the UK. As of Sept 2018, I’m also a part-time research student at the University of Leicester, working towards a PhD in Education. I’m lucky enough to be looking at diversity in YA lit and classroom applications.

I’ve always loved reading and writing – in fact I planned to be an author as a child, until aged about 15 I decided I’d never have any good enough ideas, it had all already been done and decided to teach instead! Writing books about English teaching therefore seems a reasonable place to end up (although, by the way, the good ideas are not all taken, and it’s perfectly possible to still have a writing career today – check out my blog for people who are making it look easy!)

For my published teaching resources and textbooks, check out this page in the Writing section.

Teaching bio:

My BA is in Modern Language Studies (French, German and Italian – Language, Literature and Culture) from Leicester Uni.

My MA is in Gender, Literature and Modernity from Warwick Uni. This course was jointly managed by the English department and the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender (and was very cool!)

I have a PGCE in Continuing Education from Nottingham Uni and QTS by assessment achieved at Beauchamp College in Leicester.

I’ve been teaching since 1996, with the bulk of my experience being with A Level Language, although I have also taught various other subjects. As well as the obvious GCSE and other A Levels in English, these include conversational French and Italian, and Women’s History as part of an Access to HE course. I also have some experience of the IGCSE and IB syllabuses and examining experience for various bodies/papers.

Personal bio:

I’ve lived in Leicester since coming here for university (any students reading this might take this as a warning when looking at universities…). I’m married with two daughters and we have three dogs: two lurchers and a terrier cross, which take quite a bit of walking. I teach only part-time now to make time for writing and other interesting work which pops up from time to time, like teacher training. 

Writing bio:

As noted above, I’ve always loved writing. I’m one of the many teachers mourning the demise of the A Level in Creative Writing. However, I do write for my own pleasure as well as producing textbooks/resources. I’m usually working on some kind of children’s story, as that’s where the joy is for me – losing myself just as a did as a child. (Note also that I still read kids’ books and am a massive fan of YA fiction, even though I’m an educated woman in my 40s – never let anyone tell you a book is too young/easy for you!)

A lot of those books behind me are YA or children’s books, and that T-shirt is from YALC – the YA Lit Convention that’s been running since 2012, when Malorie Balckman set it up as part of London Film & Comic Con.

Want to book me for a workshop? See this page and get in touch to discuss your ideas. I’m happy to come up with bespoke training to suit your needs, if it’s within my specialisms.