29 March 2020

Striking a Balance


During these challenging times, trying to balance setting useful work, whilst also managing our own family circumstances can be difficult.  To provide structure to what we do, there is a lot of debate about adapting Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction to aid planning during this period; I have adapted them for WLD but they seem to be useful:

Weekly planning


  1. Recall task to start to link/reinforce to previous week
  2. Short chunked activities
  3. Modelling them where possible (WAGOLLs or other)
  4. Share success criteria for longer tasks
  5. Use pictures or diagrams to make exemplify where possible


Don’t expect too much...short tasks are best




Below, is a collection of resources recommended by teachers.   They have been organised into categories, but many cover more than one curriculum area.


Please use the blog to add any further resources for others to use or to comment on any of these resources.  This is a good way to help one another.







This site provides a platform to enable teachers to create their own content to share but also has animated videos on a wide range of topics that can be used as a resource to spark ideas for activities.

The TED masterclass would enable you  to create and share your own TED Talk as a resource.


FlipGrid -




Teachers can create a class group and set quiz 'assignments' on set texts (some English Language) on these useful sites:

· Seneca https://www.senecalearning.com/blog/gcse-english-literature-revision/

· Quizlet https://quizlet.com/en-gb/teachers

· Memrise https://www.memrise.com/


Teaching & Learning

Pearson: There are a couple of links, below, for secondary subjects across the curriculum, along with tips around online teaching. 


https://www.pearson.com/uk/educators/schools/update-for-schools.html - free access to a range of resources, including revision guides


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITUc3KF0Ox8 - tips for online teaching.




Some useful sites:

· BBC Bitesize https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-english-literature-gcse/id1335737542?ls=1

· Cambridge English https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/learning-english/activities-for-learners/?rows=12 Specifically for students of English as a foreign language but 86 interactive quizzes to develop generic English skills.

· Good for descriptive writing tasks: http://www.pobble365.com/

Reading material can be downloaded for free from the following:

· LANCASHIRE LIBRARIES (if students have a library card) ebooks: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/libraries/digital-library/?page=3

· LANCASHIRE LIBRARIES. Free articles to read: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/libraries/digital-library/?page=7

· Kindle app—lots of free books available.


  • Sarah Rogo on Twitter @sarskate86 – Various KS3 booklets  
  • Lauren Fiddes on Twitter @lafiddess – Menu of KS3 tasks.
  • Susan Strachan on Twitter @SusanSEnglish. Various booklets – AQA revision guide, creative and non-fictional writing, unseen poetry, power and conflict, etc.
  • Douglas Wise on Twitter @DoWise – booklets such as ’GCSE English Language Resources’, ’GCSE English Literature Resources’, ‘One Line Reading List’.





· Free ebooks (for copies of GCSE texts) https://www.gutenberg.org/

· BBC Bitesize —A ‘Revise’, Video’, ‘Mini-Test’ page for each GCSE Literature text:

- Bitesize Eduqas English Literature

- Bitesize AQA English Literature



· Basic skill quizzes ttp://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/page_41.htm. Aimed at undergraduates but very accessible. Quizzes test this information: http://www.bris.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/index.htm

· BBC Skillswise https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/skillswise/english/zjg4scw





Online Resource Banks

  • Mr Barton Maths
  • Corbett Maths
  • TeachitMaths


Free Interactive Resources

  • The Khan Academy:

Free web based teaching provided by Salman Khan, who believes free good quality education should be available to all.

  • Corbett Maths:

Web based videos and worksheets.

  • CK-12
    Free web based teaching resource. Currently running webinars to help teachers plan to use the resource
  • BBC Bitesize
    Has some content, but not all of the national curriculum content.



  • StudyWise - studywise.co.uk FREE—hosts links to other sites so please exercise the usual safe practice when following external links. Links to Revision videos by A* students, interactive notes, revision notes, quizzes.
  • RevisionScience - revisionscience.com/gcse-revision FREE A little bit out of date in terms of spec titles but hosts lots of revision notes for GCSE
  • EducationQuizzes - www.educationquizzes.com FREE Covers KS3 and KS4 across a range of subjects including science, good source of online quizzing
  • Tassomai - www.tassomai.com—PRICE ON APPLICATION App based testing, very popular with students and schools alike.
  • Gojimo - www.gojimo.com/gcse-science-revisionFREE Another App based revision tool.
  • My GCSE Science - www.my-gcsescience.comCOST Video tutorials covering the whole of the key stage four science curriculum, combined and separates.
  • Quizlet - www.quizlet.comSOME FREE Science flashcards, diagrams and study guides, includes videos
  • Seneca - www.senecalearning.com FREE resources for science including links to YouTube clips, PowerPoint presentations, notes, etc.




Useful resources for students can also be found at TeacherToolkit here.




As we adapt to working from home, explore some of the CPD opportunities being offered.  There a many and I will endeavour to share those that I find here.  Again, feel free to add any more resources to the blog or email to me and I will distribute in the next Digest.



  • Read the new Staff Planner proof and feed back to RLO asap (link emailed on Friday 20th March).


  • Read the ‘Teaching and Learning Policy’ and ensure that you understand all elements.


  • Loan a book from our CPD library.  The following titles underpin our new Teaching and Learning Policy and are well worth a read:
    • Barak Rosenshine’s ‘Principles of Instruction’
    • Ross Morrison McGill’s ‘Mark. Plan. Teach.’
    • EEF reports: ‘Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools’, ‘Guide to the Pupil Premium’
    • Alex Quigley’s ‘The Vocabulary Gap’
    • David Didau’s ‘The Secret of Literacy’


  • CPD activity as per departmental plan as part of the Study Group CPD initiative.
  • Complete the Health and Safety CPD module, by accessing using the link to WLD Staff Team here.



  • Teacher Toolkit - Try one of the home learning CPD sessions, offered by Teacher Toolkit.  These can be booked through EventBrite here.  Word of caution…they are not free!



  • SenecaFree CPD for teachers covering a number of areas: