Articles by Susannah O'Brien

I am currently working for a Pupil Referral Unit in the south, having previously taught in comprehensives in Oxford and London. My particular interests are History and (English) Literature, but as a mum of two small boys I am also increasingly interested in debates surrounding primary education in general and parenting in particular.


Approaching Poetry in your English Literature GCSE Exam: Section C: Unseen Poems

The unseen poems come at the end of a long, complicated examination paper, so it is crucial that you have your timings all worked out before the exam.

Approaching Poetry in your English Literature GCSE exam: Section B: Comparing Poems

Preparation is key! It is absolutely vital that you are comfortable and familiar with all the poems.

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How is Poetry examined in the AQA English Literature GCSE?

Students are not allowed a copy of the Anthology in the exam, a change from previous years.

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6 Creative Writing Ideas to try Today

Whether you’ve “hit a block” or are putting pen to paper for the first time, any of these tips should prove useful.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men No More

Leaving aside the political and social ramifications of imposing an entirely “British” syllabus, many teachers are particularly upset at the loss of Steinbeck’s classic.

Why is Boris Johnson championing Latin in schools?

As news emerges that London mayor Boris Johnson has set aside funds to encourage the teaching of the Classics in state schools, we consider why he feels this is important and whether he is right. Amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amant. To readers of a certain vintage, the previous sentence may immediately conjure up memories […]

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