ANNOUNCING! January Start English Courses

Our English courses are in high demand and sold out very early this summer. We’ve listened to your feedback and requests, and are delighted to announce the following courses which will be available in January 2021! Please complete the contact form at the bottom of the page, to register your interest/pre-enrol (places are limited), and we will send you more information!

IGCSE English Language “INTENSIVE” (15 weeks £115)
An intensive version of our full IGCSE course covering all of the skills and strategies required for exam success through the study of a range of engaging extracts and writing exercises with detailed and personalised feedback for improvement. Edexcel and CIE exam boards will be covered specifically through board-specific assignments.
Course: EL1
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IGCSE English Language “EXAM SKILLS” (6 weeks £75)
Hone and refine your exam skills to boost your chances of success and receive detailed personalised feedback based on the exam criteria. This course covers key skills and strategies and offers insights into the demands of each of the different question types that appear on the exam paper. Edexcel and CIE exam boards will be covered specifically through board-specific assignments.
Course: EL2
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IGCSE English Literature “INTENSIVE” (15 weeks £115)
An intensive version of our full IGCSE Edexcel course covering all of the skills and strategies required for exam success through the revision of the set texts, reviewing key context, events, themes and characters with a focus on interpreting the writer’s use of language, form and structure. Improve the quality of your academic writing through practice exam essays with detailed and personalised feedback for improvement.
Course: EL3
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IGCSE English Literature “EXAMS SKILLS” (6 weeks £75)
Hone and refine your exam skills to boost your chances of success and receive detailed personalised feedback based on the exam criteria. This course covers the key aspects of analysing poetry, prose and drama and helps to improve the quality of your academic writing with a specific focus on the exam assessment objectives.
Course: EL4
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IGCSE Shakespeare “REVISION”Macbeth (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the play with a focus on analysing Shakespeare’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations.
Course: ES1
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IGCSE Shakespeare “REVISION” – Romeo and Juliet (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the play with a focus on analysing Shakespeare’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations.
Course: ES2
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IGCSE Shakespeare “REVISION” – any other play (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the play with a focus on analysing Shakespeare’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations.
Course: ES3
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IGCSE Modern Drama “REVISION” – A View From the Bridge (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the play with a focus on analysing Miller’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations
Course: EM1
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IGCSE Modern Drama “REVISION” – An Inspector Calls (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the play with a focus on analysing Priestley’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations
Course: EM2
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IGCSE Modern Drama “REVISION” – Any other play (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the play with a focus on analysing the writer’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations
Course: EM3
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IGCSE Modern Prose “REVISION” – Of Mice and Men (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the novella with a focus on analysing Steinbeck’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations
Course: EP1
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IGCSE Modern Prose “REVISION” – any other text (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the novel with a focus on analysing the writer’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations
Course: EP2
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Skills Builder – Creative Writing (6 weeks £60) – Foundation Level – 11+
A dynamic and fun introduction to narrative writing looking at skills such as creating a sense of place, structure, characterisation, narrative voice, and dialogue.
Course: EB1
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Skills Builder – Creative Writing (6 weeks £60) – IGCSE Level
An engaging and gentle approach to planning, interesting structural devices, ambitious vocabulary and literary devices, proofreading and editing.
Course: EB2
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Skills Builder – Transactional Writing (6 weeks £60) – Foundation Level – 11+
An introduction to non-fiction writing covering the conventions of a range of text types such as articles, blogs, reports, reviews, diaries, travel writing, nature writing, and formal and informal letters.
Course: EB3
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Skills Builder – Transactional Writing (6 weeks £60) – IGCSE Level – focuses on identifying the purposes of non-fiction texts, examining their structure and use of language, planning our own writing to incorporate relevant genre conventions, rhetorical devices, layout, language, structure, proofreading and editing.
Course: EB4
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Skills Builder – Analysing Literary Texts (4 weeks £45) – 11+
Explore a range of literary texts across poetry, prose and drama. Learn to analyse, interpret and evaluate the different forms and to comment meaningfully on the writer’s message and intention together with the impact on the audience. Explore the ways in which writers manipulate language, form and structure to achieve specific effects. Develop your understanding of the connections between texts and contexts and improve the quality of your own academic writing.
Course: EB5
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Skills Builder – Analysing Non-Fiction Texts (4 weeks £45) – 11+ Explore a range of non-fiction texts and learn to identify and evaluate the writer’s purpose. Become familiar with different genre conventions and how to comment meaningfully on the writer’s use of these. Practice producing your own nonfiction texts and learn to adapt your writing for different genres, audiences and purposes.
Course: EB6
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Skills Builder – Analysing Poetry (4 weeks £45) – 11+ – learn to analyse any poem through an exploration of poetic forms. Understand how poems work and practice commenting in a meaningful way on the writer’s use of language, form and structure through the application of a framework for poetic analysis. The course covers poetry across the ages and cultures.
Course: EB7
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Skills Builder – Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (6 weeks £60) – 11+ – improve the technical accuracy of your writing through a range of fun and engaging activities together with strategies to help you to improve your spelling and punctuation and proofread your own work.
Course: EB8
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Introduction to Poetry (6 weeks £60) – 11+
Explore poetry through the ages, learn to recognise and use different poetic forms, learn to interpret poetry and to comment on the use of language, form and structure. Practice writing poems of your own, experimenting with imagery, rhythm, and voice.
Course: EI1
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Introduction to Drama (6 weeks £60) – 11+
Explore the purpose and experience of theatre throughout history. Learn about the structure of drama and aspects of stagecraft. Practice writing monologues and dialogue and learn about characterisation and character development.
Course: EI2
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Introduction to 19th Century Literature (6 weeks £60) – 11+
Immerse yourself in a range of 19th century literature and explore common themes and conventions. Familiarise yourself with the language of the age and learn to analyse and comment on the writer’s use of language, form and structure. Explore the connections between significant historical events and the literature of the age.
Course: EI3
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Introduction to the Gothic (6 weeks £60) – 11+
Explore gothic conventions and their contributions to the modern horror genre. Learn to identify Gothic elements in film, literature, art and architecture. Explore the popularity of the Gothic in literature as a medium to challenge societal beliefs and expectations. Practice using Gothic conventions to produce your own piece of Gothic literature.
Course: EI4
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Introduction to Shakespeare (6 weeks £60) – 11+
Introduction to Shakespeare short course: want to explore the way that historical events and Elizabethan/Jacobean society shaped Shakespeare’s dramas? Want to understand the differences between tragedy, comedy, and history plays? Are you interested in how Shakespeare remains so relevant in the 21st century? This fascinating short course considers all these issues and more and provides an excellent contextual foundation for those looking to study English Literature further.
Course: EI5
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IGCSE English Language Preparation (6 weeks £60) – 13+
Get ready to begin your IGCSE studies next academic year by learning the basics of the skills that you will need to succeed. This course will help you to be able to read and understand a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, read for meaning, use quotations, comment on the writer’s use of language, form and structure, and make connections and comparisons between texts. We will also develop your writing skills by exploring the purposes and conventions of a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, practice planning, drafting and editing and improve your vocabulary and use of literary and rhetorical devices.
Course: EE1
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IGCSE English Literature Preparation (6 weeks £60) – 13+
Prepare for the commencement of your IGCSE English literature studies next academic year by exploring poetry, prose and drama. Learn to use quotations from the texts to support your ideas and to comment on the writer’s use of language, form and structure, whilst at the same time improving the quality of your own academic writing.
Course: EE2
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Register Your Interest! - The Fox and Bean Classes

Top Requirements in a Teacher/Tutor

We’ve run a small survey across a number of Teacher and Home Ed FaceBook groups, asking the question: ‘What is the most important quality, to you, in a successful teacher/tutor?’ (with 130 replies) Here is what we found!..

Top 6 qualities, as suggested by Home Educators:

  • Passion – 18%
  • Patience – 15%
  • Empathy – 15%
  • Flexibility – 10%
  • Kindness – 10%
  • Home Ed experience – 8%

Top 6 qualities, as suggested by Teachers:

  • Empathy – 18%
  • Builds relationships – 15%
  • Passion – 14%
  • Sense of humour – 13%
  • Patience – 12%
  • Respectful – 10%

Are these qualities important to you? They are all important to us, and are traits Kate and Caitlin bring to every course (and our students/parents agree, if you read our reviews). We hope that with whatever courses and tutors you use along your home educating journey, you find these qualities too!

Last of the Summer Mini Courses

This week, we said good-bye to the young people taking mini courses in July, and said hello to the new group taking the final set of 6-wk, small group, Summer Mini Courses!

Favourite feedback from the July group:
*Thank you so so so much for this class, I loved it more than any I’ve been to before!! I really enjoyed the teaching style and the wonderful teacher!

*I thought that this was an amazing course to take – thank you!

*Thank you so much for the lessons. I’ve really enjoyed it, and I’m certainly looking forward to starting the GCSE this September!

*I hadn’t done much psychology before and I’ve been really enjoying the fun and interesting lessons/homework throughout the course, thank you!

*Thank you Kate I have really enjoyed i wish it could carry on forever!

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Autumn Exam Update

HOT OFF THE PRESS:
AUTUMN 2020 EXAM NEWS Just published by Ofqual – the results of the consultation regarding the Autumn 2020 exam series. Link below. In short: a full suite of exams will be available and they will be identical in format and length and content to those that students would have taken this summer. Coursework will not be relevant. Aiming for October 2020 but still holding back on dates. We understand a timetable is ready – but not yet published.
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Exams, Evidence and Coursework

Though one exam board has published its Autumn exam dates, the others haven’t yet and even January / Spring exams for 2021 may be influenced by COVID19 issues.

Our GCSE/IGCSE courses offer a wide range of assignments, assessments and papers throughout the duration of the course.  This is important because it can show progress throughout the year and create a body of ‘evidence’ that may be used in the event of ‘coursework’ being considered for final grades, again.

In addition, we have extensive experience working with, and have built positive relationships with, many exam centres across the UK to provide ‘exam evidence’ – so our learners are in the best position to earn grades in these uncertain times.  We are a DLP for Tutors and Exams, have a solid relationship with Faregos, and also with many exam centres and schools across the UK.

In these uncertain times, using this past spring’s experience to learn from, and planning ahead with ‘Plan B’ scenarios, can be some of the best approaches to help young people through exams and try to minimise the stress and anxiety that develops.

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New Course Availability

We’ve added new courses to our list of Summer Mini Courses, and added details of our new AQA A-Level English Language and English Literature courses.  Through June, July and August 2020 will be adding, updating and expanding our course offerings!  Do have a browse through the relevant webpages!

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End of Term Conversations

I wanted share the final student chat at the end of our very last Live, Online Sociology session today. A group of warm, kind, accepting, young people who were a delight to spend the year with:

B: i llike how everything comes together at the end

A: wow, thats crazy that we’ve done it all

C: thank you so much for this course i loved it

A: i’ve really enjoyed everything

A: and i feel like everybody has gotten so good at explaining things

B: it’s been a great class

D: thank you, it’s been really interesting

A: i feel like everybodys really intelligrent

A: my favourite topic was education, even though it made the most sad

E: Thank you for the lesson, and thank you so much for the whole course. It’s been a pleasure learning sociology, I never would have thought it would be quite so interesting, but boy it was!

A: absolutely ‘E’

F: thank you ive really enjoyed it

D: Thank you!

B: well said ‘E’

A: you’ve been such a great teacher kate

KS: Aww thanks

A: thank so much

B: gonna miss these lessons

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KS: You guys are a fab group!

G: Thank you!

D: I’m gonna miss the lessons too

B: thanks everyone

C: thank you bye

A: i loved seeing everyboys perspectives

KS: Stay safe and well!

A: *everybody’s

E: Bye and thank you again! I really appreciate all the work you’ve put in to teaching us

B: thank you very much kate, it’s been great

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