Homeworks for GCSE English Language

An excellent resource and a must-have for any English teacher!

M Georgiou, HoD & Peer Reviewer
Great for independent exam preparation and revision!

Homeworks provided in two fully differentiated formats:

  1. Scaffolded activities and useful tips provide weaker learners with extra support
  2. ‘Advanced Learner’ sheets with less scaffolding and more extension tasks to challenge the most able

20 ready-to-use, easy-to-set homeworks logically structured to supplement the teaching of the 2015 GCSE English Language specifications. These stand-alone homework sheets provide a variety of engaging tasks to build knowledge and confidence, and develop vital written and analytical exam skills across the fiction and non-fiction papers.

Having ready-made homework tasks which link directly to the kind of exam questions asked is invaluable

P Town, HoD & Peer Reviewer
  • Overview table directly linking each homework to the AOs to support curriculum planning and mapping.
  • Engaging worksheets with clear learning outcomes, varied extracts and imaginative activities to encourage language analysis.
  • Packed with analysis practice and exam-style questions that ‘mimic the exam entirely’ to progressively develop skills from identifying and summarising information to original writing.

Plus! Indicative content for every homework – ideal for easy marking!

What do teachers say about this resource? (8149)

Very well put together and includes a good range of activities to enhance student skills in English Language. There is a good balance of text types..., which enables students to gain experience of both fiction and non-fiction, as well as different writing styles, purpose and audience. The detail and thought that have been put into the resource are excellent. The level of differentiation is very helpful when teaching mixed ability. The varying levels of activity, extension tasks and separate differentiated worksheets are particularly good as this means that the resource is suited to a wide range of students... The resource is well suited to preparing students for the skills required for GCSE. The inclusion of grammar exercises is also useful as they often get neglected... Exactly the style and content that I usually use and find that it produces results. An excellent resource and a must-have for any English teacher!

M Georgiou, HoD & Peer Reviewer

Having ready-made homework tasks which link directly to the kind of exam questions asked is invaluable. It saves a huge amount of time in sourcing texts, creating questions and then marking work. The variety of extracts and texts included is a real boon... It is also very user-friendly for teachers with the grid at the front linked to key assessment areas, particularly if these are being used for extra intervention. It provides students with ample practice of key comprehension, analysis and writing skills. It gives students a broad range of different text types from different ages, viewpoints and perspectives. It also enhances learning because it frees up teachers to plan lessons and provide feedback rather than create homework tasks.

P Town, HoD & Peer Reviewer

This is a cracking resource. I could see myself factoring these homeworks into my everyday teaching without needing to amend them... The homeworks are tailored exactly to both an independent learning approach and the rigorous requirements of the new GCSE... I really like the very gradual build-up in the difficulty level, [which] mimics the exam entirely... I liked the word-level and grammar focus, as students struggle most with this element of the sentence analysis... Students are guided through the tasks so that these could be completed at any ability level, independently. The tasks cover the entire range of questions, with really sound advice and approaches to answering them comprehensively. It's so rare to see something so well matched to the spec that is actually practically useful. Some of the linguistic analysis terminology taught me new techniques, and I've been teaching 15 years! Best resource I've seen in a while!

K Chanter, HoD & Peer Reviewer

Excellent resource which builds knowledge, confidence, and writing and analytical skills... [It] is well thought out and covers a range of tasks which are addressed in the examination. Tasks build on developing skills and could be used with Year 10 as preparation for GCSE... I particularly liked the storyboard frame... The plan for writing an argument is very good as it breaks the task down clearly and simply. Matching tasks, e.g. word classes, are also a good idea... Skills are built through differentiated tasks which gradually reach exam level. The homeworks will work well to monitor weaknesses and improvement. [The resource] will enable the teacher and student to identify and target specific areas for improvement. It also covers grammatical aspects so the learning can be wide-ranging rather than just exam-focused... [The] mark scheme is excellent.

L Churchill, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

This is an excellent and comprehensive resource. It is very detailed and tightly focused on the skills needed to be successful in the new English Language GCSE. The texts used for analysis are high-quality and engaging... The activities are differentiated and could be used with a range of abilities. [They] are rigorous and represent opportunities for real progress... This resource is tightly focused on the GCSE specification and encourages language analysis in the detail needed to achieve GCSE 5–9... It is an easy-to-follow resource with clearly identified aims and extension tasks.

L Morris, HoD & Peer Reviewer

A very detailed and helpful resource. The clear differentiation throughout means it would save teachers a lot of time! The critical reading skills will clearly help students with their GCSE in English, but arguably also have value to whole-school literacy, and even value in developing the literacy skills of KS5 students... It would also be very useful to use with A Level students at the introduction to their course... The resource is clearly linked to the specification and is not (thankfully!) a death-by-exam-question resource! It very clearly and explicitly teaches the skills and then moves on to the exam-style questions... This will save teachers so much time and is a really valuable resource. It is very comprehensive and detailed. However, what it is so refreshing to see is a resource that doesn't just give students exam question, after exam question, after exam question, but actually addresses the skills they will need.'

L Deighton, Director of English and Independent Reviewer

A nice range of activities linked to the new 9-1 GCSE assessment objectives that could be used for any spec. I liked the clear, step-by-step instructions that would be simple enough for a student ... to follow without teacher support... The resource builds on the skills required for the new 9–1 GCSEs such as identifying information, summarising, true/false, etc. These activities could also be used in class to help bridge gaps in students' understanding/comprehension... Good to have the option of differentiated tasks to challenge more-able students... I like that it comes with answers, so students could peer or self-assess, or teachers can do so quickly.

A Wellard, Teacher, Examiner & Peer Reviewer