An Inspector Calls Study Guide for GCSE English Literature

Suitable for:
  • AQA
  • OCR
  • Edexcel
  • Eduqas
  • WJEC

A scalding critique of the hypocrisies of English society and a strong expression of Priestley's socialist principles, An Inspector Calls – detective mystery turned morality play – has been a mainstay of GCSE Literature specs. Guide students through the quarrelsome night in 1912 with comprehensive notes and tasks that are both ‘fresh and enjoyable for teachers that have taught the text many times, and will help bring it alive for students as well.’ N Fry, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

  1. Walkthrough – Builds understanding of the chosen text with insightful and relevant commentary and analysis. All scenes are concisely summarised, then examined in detail.
  2. Whole-text Analysis – Explores: Characterisation • Relationships • Setting • Themes • Ideas and Messages • Language • Form • Structure • Context


  • Student-friendly plot summary
  • Key term glossary
  • Further reading
  • Original illustrations

Woven into the analysis throughout you will find:

  • Discussion prompts to encourage debate and individual interpretation
  • Active learning tasks to deepen understanding
  • Essay tips and questions for excellent exam practice
  • Key term definitions to ensure students grasp difficult concepts

Suggested answers are provided for questions and activities.

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (8576)
'A detailed and well-thought out resource. It was comprehensive in its subject content: useful for students and teachers alike... I liked the rich detail, especially the context. Also, I liked the words/synonyms for the characteristics of each of the characters: very useful to have for the exams. In addition, I liked the focus on props, which is a really good way for students to discuss stagecraft. I also liked the relationship links between characters. The glossary at the back was useful... I was particularly impressed with the amount of detail; I have taught this text for years and learnt a couple of new things!' J Sallabank, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'A very comprehensive resource... that provides some welcome additions to the study guides I have already seen on the market... The Plot Summary provides an interesting level of detail that starts to address key themes and takes it a step further from simple plot summaries... I particularly liked the vocabulary grids for all the major characters. This is something I have been after for a while and haven’t been able to find... I also like the exam question and a key quotation for each sub-section of the play, encouraging students to practise exam skills as they read the play rather than wait until the end... I enjoyed the author’s particular style and take on this seminal text which makes it fresh and enjoyable for teachers that have taught this text many times and will help bring it alive for students as well.' N Fry, Teacher and Independent Reviewer