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A Level Language students: want to see a top grade exemplar for Section A of the Year 12 exam?

Your wish is our command.

Hannah Franks and Abbi Lowden have kindly allowed us to share their exam papers so that you can see what makes an A grade response to the Year 12 exam.

Below, you’ll find the paper, the mark scheme, and two A grade responses to it.

We hope it’s useful.

A Level English Language Exam – Year 12 – June 2016

A Level English Language Exam – Textual Analysis Mark Schemes

A Grade Exemplar – Section A (Textual Variations and Representations) 1

A Grade Exemplar – Section A (Textual Variations and Representations) 2





An Inspector Calls Exemplar Essay

Year 10! Want to see an example of a grade 8 (A*) essay on An Inspector Calls?

Your wish is our command!

The essay below was written in response to the following question:

How does Priestley explore attitudes towards social class in An Inspector Calls?

Big thanks to Dylan Clarke in 10B/En1 for letting us share his (exceptional) work.

An Inspector Calls – Grade 8 Exemplar – Year 10

PS. While you’re here, why not liven up your playlists with one of our Girls Aloud/An Inspector Calls mashups?


Want to see a couple of impressive leaflet exemplars?

You’ve come to the right place!

We asked students in Year 11 to complete the following (rather tricky) Unit 2-style task:

The charity Age UK – which provides services for people aged 60 and over – wants to encourage older people to make the most of the internet.

Write a leaflet for Age UK in which you give advice to older people on how to get online and use online services (e.g. social networks).

The two exemplars you’ll find below are both very strong pieces indeed – with the language tailored to the target audience effectively, and an appropriate use of the form. There are a few technical errors in each piece which lower their SSPS mark (out of 7), but they’re nevertheless worth a read.

See what you think!

Top Grade Leaflet Exemplars.pdf

GCSE Speaking and Listening


Hello year 11!

Between Monday 25th September and Friday 6th October you’ll be completing your GCSE Speaking and Listening presentations!

Click here for our top tips post.

Click here for a folder of resources, including:

  • the task sheet
  • the PowerPoint you’ve seen in class
  • the mark scheme
  • the exemplar videos of students achieving each grade

Christmas 50: Year 12 English Language

Year 12 Language students: here’s what you need to be doing over the holidays to complete the Language allocation of your ‘Christmas 50’…

All work needs to be brought to your first lesson back.

1. Make sure you have detailed notes on every term covered in the Grammar Glossary. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, you can tweet us (@englishatlc).

2. When you’ve done that, have a go at The Grammar Megatest if you’ve not done so already. (Make sure you input your email address very carefully, as the test will email you your results. These should be printed and placed in your folders.)

3. Using the language scrapbook you compiled over the summer holiday, create a visual analysis similar to the one below.

Exemplar Analysis - Hot Chocolate Rubbish.png

You should place your text in the middle of a larger page (preferably A3), and annotate around the edge. Imagine you’re answering the question, How does this text use language to achieve its aims?

If you’re struggling for a suitable text to use, have a go with the Bin Bag Notice we found on the stairwell of an apartment block in Leicester city centre.

4. Listen to the CLA-themed audio files below, and make detailed notes on each.

5. Using your AQA textbooks, make detailed notes on pages 17-22, and complete the activities you encounter along the way. These notes will need to be handed in during your first lesson back.


6. Enjoy the rest of your Christmas break!

If you have any questions/queries, get in touch by email or on Twitter (@englishatlc).

Revising the love and relationships poetry cluster?


You may see the above images in your English classrooms next week. We’ve covered all 15 poems in the cluster, and have picked what we think are perhaps the defining quotes from each.

See if you can score full marks on our simple revision test here.

Of course, you’ll be needing to know more than one quote per poem for the exam – and so you may find our Quizlet revision set helpful. It contains 70 key quotes from across all of the poems, and you can download the set to your phone if you install the free Quizlet app.

You’ll also find PowerPoints and worksheets for all of the poems in our GCSE revision folder. (If you don’t know the password, email or tweet Mr Shovlin!) In there, you’ll also find a guide about the best way to approach an exam question, along with some exemplar answers to show you how it’s done.

We also recommend subscribing to Mr Bruff on YouTube. He’s done videos for all of the poems in the cluster, which are all in the playlist you’ll find below.

And don’t forget your CGP revision guides too. If you haven’t yet got one, you can buy them from the library for just £3. Treat yourself!

Good luck!





Speaking and Listening


Click here for our top tips post.

Click here for the power point used in lessons, which includes:

  • the PowerPoint you’ve seen in class
  • the mark scheme
  • the exemplar videos of students achieving merit and distinction.

Year 10: Want to see some Grade 8 Writing with a Viewpoint work?


Look no further.

A couple of weeks ago, you all sat the following assessment:

‘Young people spend far too much time on social networks. It’s damaging their education, endangering their safety and destroying their ability to communicate.’

Write a letter to a broadsheet newspaper in which you explain your point of view on this statement.

Below, you’ll find two exceptionally strong responses to that task.

See if you can work out why they achieved such high marks:

Grade 8 Writing with a Viewpoint Exemplars

Revising for GCSE English Language: Our Top Tips

On Tuesday 7th June, you’ll be taking your two English Language exams back-to-back. Together, they account for 60% of the overall GCSE grade. Here are our top tips for preparing for the papers. With a little luck, you’ll know most of this already!

1. Know what to expect! We cannot stress this enough. You should know exactly what your papers will look like, what kinds of question you’ll be asked, and how long you should be spending on each task. You can find all of the past papers here, and our 8-page revision guide gives you everything you need to know about timing and approaches to each question.


2. Make use of ActiveTeachIt’s packed with guidance on both the Unit 1 (Reading) and Unit 2 (Writing) papers. You can access it here, where you’ll also find a guide as to how to find what you need.

3. Have a look at the exemplar student work we’ve uploaded to the blog. You’ll find A* examples of all seven different types of writing you could be asked to produce for the Unit 2 paper – as well as some top grade mock exam responses.


4. Read the examiners’ reports we put together for you after each mock exam. We’ve pointed out the most common mistakes students made so that you can avoid making them yourselves!

5. Have a go at some of our tests designed to improve the accuracy of your writing. You’ll be emailed your scores a few minutes after you submit your answers.

6. Read, read, read! We’ve put together a list of ‘Quick Reads’ for you – texts that can all be read in around 5 minutes – that’ll help you to practise your reading skills, and they might give you ideas for your writing tasks too. The best writers are the ones who’ve read widely. Be one of them!

And that’s it,  Year 11.

Good luck. We have total confidence in you!