Black History Month – Tutor Time PowerPoint

October is Black History Month and so as my first year being a tutor (and an NQT) I really wanted to address it in a meaningful way with the students!

Sadly, I ran a Twitter poll (which I know is in no way totally accurate or representative) but at the time of writing this, the overwhelming majority of people weren’t doing anything for Black History Month in their schools!

We have ‘circle time’ once a week with our tutees so I was planning on spending two weeks on this. I wanted to use the PowerPoint in the first week and then set them off on a mini homework to research a black figure (current or historical) and create a poster/be ready to present what they’ve found out the following week.

I feel really strongly about including more black figures within our curriculum but also within our daily conversations with pupils. I think this is a fantastic way to engage students into some independent research whilst also promoting Black History Month in such a way that isn’t merely a token gesture.

Check the notes to read through how the slides can be used.

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Black History Month PowerPoint



Word(s) of the Week for 2017-18!

This year, my school is having a big push on our pupils being word rich. Of course, the English Department is getting right behind it!

I have a thought bubble chalkboard in my room which I have used as a ‘word of the week’ board at the front of the room (not that you can see very well from the photograph below!).


Of course, you can’t just write a random word up on the board and expect pupils to understand it so if possible, integrate it into your lesson or dedicate some tutor time to using it.

Find the Word of the Week sheet for FREE here!

Word(s) of the Week 2017-18


Creative Writing Booklet for KS3

Originally designed for Year 7s but the tasks can be easily adapted for Year 8 & 9. This was developed for tutor time (25 minutes in my school) and therefore are quite independent tasks. There are 11 weeks worth of tasks in here to allow for some time to mop up any bits and bobs in the remaining weeks of term.

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There is a PowerPoint and an accompanying booklet with additional information to reinforce key literacy skills as well as embrace their creativity.

You can download it for free here!

If you would like to contribute then please click below, there is no obligation to do so though!

KS3 Literacy/Creative Writing Booklet

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KS3 Literacy/Creative Writing Booklet for Tutor Time

If you would like to contribute, please do so but there is no obligation.