So often I meet students who are struggling to write. Writing is a skill which demands the ‘tools of the trade’ or in this case words! It’s for this reason all pre-GCSE Just English students are encouraged to read widely –  novels, short stories non-fiction, poetry, newspaper articles – you name it, we read it.

Students have recently read Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock  and  extracts from  The Picture of Dorian Gray: a fantastic introduction to the world of the Victorian novel. My students will arrive in year 10 with an insight into the Gothic genre and be able to make impressive links outside their GCSE text. Wider reading is invaluable if you want to equip your child with the best language skills. Once students embark on GCSE courses time is limited: so that’s why plenty of reading is important in the earlier years.