English is a core part of the National Curriculum in the United Kingdom, and recognising that searching for resources on the internet can be time consuming, we have looked far and wide to save you time, by finding the best English resource websites.
What follows are our recommended top resource websites for GCSE English:
- Bitesize English Language and Bitesize English Literature: The BBC doesn’t fail to impress with the thoroughness of resources offered to help kids excel in GSCE English. Bitesize provides important information on how to read and appreciate literature, as well as a wealth of tips on different writing styles, presentation of work, and how to understand and interpret important works by writers the caliber of Shakespeare. Bitesize English Literature boasts an impressive collection of some of the most important works of literature, which are much easier to understand and interpret thanks to the site’s analysis of each work according to context, plot, character and themes. Sample questions are also provided.
- Class Clips – English:This site provides a host of short videos which can enlighten students on everything from poetry to drama and writing (narrative fiction, non-fiction, and poetry and drama). It also delves into media studies (new technologies, moving image and text-based media), providing inspiration for essays and creative works.
- School Report: This lively resource inspires kids to create and share their own news stories. Teachers can access a wealth of resources that will enable them to set dynamic projects for children, focusing on the subjects of English Literature and/or Language. Children can share their sources of inspiration and find new ideas for creative writing projects.
- Geoff Barton: Teacher, Geoff Barton, has generously created this webpage, which compiles invaluable resources for GCSE English. The content is varied and focuses on the practical aspects of obtaining top marks. Content includes advice on how to build ones’ vocabulary, improve writing skills and use the ‘What? Who? How? approach to elicit the maximum benefits from one’s reading time. Barton also shares the characteristics of the most successful students he has had, thus providing prospective GCSE candidates with specific goals to aim for to improve their reading and writing skills.
- TES Connect: TES is one of the world’s largest online networks of teachers, boasting over three million registered users. This makes it a handy place to find resources for GCSE English preparation. Resources are divided into General tools for study, Unit 1 (which includes advices on persuasive techniques and devices, lesson plans and resources for specific works), Literature (GCSE Poetry, Prose and Drama) and A Levels. Students will likewise find detailed advice on specific matters like sentence structure, vital language skills and punctuation. The content is truly exhaustive yet meritorious of more than a few hours of browsing and downloading.
- English Biz: This simple yet practical site provides a host of tips on how to write an essay without fear, worry or time wastage. Read up on what an effective essay outline structure should contain, discover what a good essay looks like and glean the importance of answering the exact question you have been posed.
- Revision World: This excellent video provides an overview of what students should watch out for when analysing a media text, explaining concepts like technical code, verbal code, symbolic code, structure, character and narrative conflict.
We hope that you have found these websites useful. Maybe you have come across some other websites worth mentioning? If so, them please feel free to add them to the comments below.