Welcome to The Expert English Teacher

Ace your English GCSE Exam

Studying for GCSE English Language or Literature?

Looking to achieve the best grade you could have dreamed of? 

You are in the right place!

ENROL HERECURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The Vision

I help GCSE English students to have the confidence, skills and understanding of what the examiner wants so they can pass their GCSE language examination and move forward. In these uncertain times you want to give yourself an advantage, make up for the lost time in school, make certain of your best grade and ACE your GCSE English! You need an Expert English Teacher’s online course. Follow the course to maximise your chances to get the best grades. This time next year you can have passed GCSE English successfully achieving grades much better than you imagined. How? Use the Expert English Teacher online course – just 1 lesson a week can maximise your ability and give you the confidence to excel.

 

Your route to success

How I got my logo and invented a metaphor for your journey:

One day, when I was little, my brother saw me waking up and decided that I resembled the sea monster from ‘The Kraken Wakes’ by John Wyndham. Since then ‘Kraken’ has been my family nickname-a pun on Karen. So, I wanted to have a logo with me as a sea monster AND an expert English teacher, too! Do you like it? However, I didn’t like the idea of me as a monster. We all know that it is the GCSE examiner who is the monster that we have to feed the right things to, at the right time, so this is how I changed the story to show your journey to success:

Let’s imagine that the GCSE English examiner is a monster. A disgusting creature sitting on the ocean bed gobbling up sailors who dare to cross over her domain.

Do you know what to feed her to get the marks you need and arrive safely at the shore? Can you find the right morsels and titbits to throw overboard for her to devour, which will satisfy her enormous appetite? Have you got the skills which will give you safe passage to the sandy beach, or will you perish in the murky depths of the examiner’s watery world? 

I am here to guide your boat. If you join my Expert English crew, with me as the captain, we can safely navigate the treacherous currents above her, and feed her exactly what she wants, so that we can cruise our way together to the cove of success where you will receive an excellent English GCSE grade.

Our journey will lead you to the peaceful, warm waters of the shore, where your future looks enchanting, and you can look back and wave to the contented examiner monster slurping and crunching happily on the seabed.

The metaphor about the sea monster was a story about you and your future.  Now let me tell you a story about me and my past.

My Journey

A word from Karen

I had just started teaching English at a Comprehensive school in East London when the GCSE exam system replaced the O Level. All my students were panicking about what to do and how it would affect them. I investigated the changes and studied how the students could tailor their answers to what the examiner wanted. I learnt how to make it work for them then, and I have worked on adapting each new change to make it work for my students, ever since.

– Karen Baney

Be Better than Your Best

Your Success Journey

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Self Assessment

Recognise areas of weakness where you need to upskill your performance.

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Improve your Skills in Reading and Writing

Learn from my video lessons, PowerPoints, workbooks and gameboards to improve your skills and build confidence in your ability.

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Learn how to feed the Examiner

With my expert guidance, learn how to tell the examiner the right ideas in each question to get the best marks.

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Celebrate Progress throughout your journey

Get support, celebrate your progress and share challenges with me and others in our private group. 

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Boost Your Examination Technique

Maximise your own techniques and skills and improve your confidence in the timing of the exam questions and how to answer them well.

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Better Your Best

Reach your full potential, ACE the GCSE and bag the best grade you could ever have dreamed of! 

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Laura Tyley Testimonial

Karen Baney taught me English for GCSE and, it’s safe to say, I wouldn’t have passed without her! She was an incredible teacher who gave every student the time and patience they required. She made learning unbelievably interesting which was a huge help during exams.

Laura Tyley
Ollie Short Testimonial

During my GCSE English studies, Karen Baney provided me with her expert guidance and skills to help me excel and strive during the course and beyond. Her approach to teaching is always entertaining and engaging, whilst full of crucial learnings and analytical tools to be able to push myself above an

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Ollie Short
Dom Stephens Testimonial

Karen is an incredibly warm, knowledgeable and nurturing teacher who made my A-Levels experience a joyful one. With her guidance, you won’t just to be able to excel at subjects, you’ll fall in love with them.

Dom Stephens
Ian Dawes Testimonial

Karen was my English teacher throughout my GSCEs, where I achieved an A in English literature and an A* in English language. She is a fantastic teacher and I always enjoyed my lessons with her. She has very strong emotional intelligence and foresight which she used to really engage me with my pieces

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Ian Dawes
Hayley Cartwright Testimonial

Karen Baney was my GCSE English teacher 20 years ago. I’m sure it was her encouragement and enthusiasm that were key in me discovering my love of the subject. She always made lessons fun, engaging and helped improve my confidence. I made great progress over the 2 years, attaining 2 A grades in my

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Hayley Cartwright
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Our Upcoming Curricular Activities

1st

School Term

31st August 2020 - 14th December 2020

In the 1st term, you will improve your understanding of a range of language features such as similes, metaphors, alliteration, grammar rules and more. You will discover how to analyse the way these are used by writers in texts, as well as how you can use them in your own writing. You will be able to retrieve information accurately and recognise implied meanings in texts. You will become more adept at understanding structural techniques and will become more confident in how to evaluate structure and language. You will become very familiar with questions 1-4 of Paper 1, as well as honing your own writing for question 5. You will also increase your understanding of how to feed the examiner the right points, quotations and analysis in regular exam practice questions to maximise your success in the GCSE exam.

Areas we will cover:

Areas we will cover: 

  • Understanding similes, metaphors and a range of other language features.
  • Retrieving information. 
  • Understanding implied meanings. 
  • Understanding structure 
  • Improving your descriptive, narrative and persuasive writing. 
  • Understanding how to evaluate language and structure
  • Understanding how to compare texts
  • Understanding how to summarise texts
  • Understanding the timing of the examination and ensuring you leave enough time for the questions with the maximum marks
  • Making sure that you ‘feed’ the examiner the right points, quotations and analysis to maximise your success in the GCSE exam.

 

2nd

School Term

4th January 2021 - 26th April 2021

In the 2nd term, you will start with a focus on question 5 in Paper 1 and concentrate on improving your descriptive and narrative writing. You will learn how to analyse a variety of non-fiction texts such as letters, speeches, biographies, newspaper articles and more. You will also concern yourself with improving your non-fiction writing skills, improving your powers of argument and persuasion. You will learn about answering the whole paper, working on the timing of the exam. Importantly, you will increase your understanding of how to feed the examiner the right points, quotations and analysis to maximise your success in the GCSE exam. 

 

Areas we will cover:

Areas we will cover: 

  • Understanding similes, metaphors and a range of other language features.
  • Retrieving information. 
  • Understanding implied meanings. 
  • Understanding structure 
  • Improving your descriptive, narrative and persuasive writing. 
  • Understanding how to evaluate language and structure
  • Understanding how to compare texts
  • Understanding how to summarise texts
  • Understanding the timing of the examination and ensuring you leave enough time for the questions with the maximum marks
  • Making sure that you ‘feed’ the examiner the right points, quotations and analysis to maximise your success in the GCSE exam.

 

3rd

School Term

3rd May 2021 - June Exams 2021

3rd Term

This term you will improve your understanding of how to compare, summarise and evaluate texts. You will improve your language analysis skills and further perfect your persuasive writing. You will spend more time understanding the timing of the examination and learn how to ensure that you leave enough time for the questions with the maximum marks. You will be able to display excellent, sophisticated, pertinent writing, in a variety of forms, for a variety of purposes. Most importantly, you will know how to ‘feed’ the examiner the right points, quotations, analysis, and writing responses to excel in the GCSE examination. By the end of the third term, you should be ready for the GCSE exam and should go on to be better than your best!

Areas we will cover:

Areas we will cover: 

  • Understanding similes, metaphors and a range of other language features.
  • Retrieving information. 
  • Understanding implied meanings. 
  • Understanding structure 
  • Improving your descriptive, narrative and persuasive writing. 
  • Understanding how to evaluate language and structure
  • Understanding how to compare texts
  • Understanding how to summarise texts
  • Understanding the timing of the examination and ensuring you leave enough time for the questions with the maximum marks
  • Making sure that you ‘feed’ the examiner the right points, quotations and analysis to maximise your success in the GCSE exam.

 

English Literature Modules

(AQA and Edexcel Boards)

EET offers a module-based course for students taking English Literature (AQA and Edexcel Boards). Literature Modules 1-2-3 can be purchased separately inside the member’s area at £39.95 each. Module 4 can be purchased at £59.95.

To complete the GCSE English Literature course, candidates have to study one Shakespeare Play and then choose 3 more texts from 19th Century Novel, Modern Prose or Drama and Poetry Anthology.

EET students will choose one option from each module that they purchase. EET offers modules in the most popular texts chosen by schools.

For students taking the exam in 2021, there is new AQA guidance on the Literature:

The Shakespeare text is still compulsory, but students can now choose to answer questions on only 2 other text options, instead of three, which will take some revision pressure off. 

Quotation from AQA guidance below:
‘A minimum common core (play by Shakespeare) that all students will be assessed on. Centre level content choices for students to answer questions on 2 of the 3 remaining content areas: poetry; 19th century novel; fiction/drama from the British Isles from 1914.’

 

1

Module

Shakespeare Texts Paper 1 - £39.96

The module will be released on the 1st October 2020

Each module can be purchased separately inside the member's area.

Module Info

*Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth

Choose the text that you have been studying at school

*Suggested text for home-schooling

2

Module

19th Century Novels Paper 1 - £39.96

The module will be released on the 1st November 2020

Each module can be purchased separately inside the member's area.

Module Info

*A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by R L Stevenson.

Choose the text that you have been studying at school

*Suggested text for home-schooling

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Module

Modern Prose or Drama Paper 2 - £39.96

The module will be released on the 1st January 2021

Each module can be purchased separately inside the member's area.

Module Info

*An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley or Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Choose the text that you have been studying at school

*Suggested text for home-schooling

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Module

Poetry Anthology and Unseen Poetry Paper 2 - £59.95

The module will be released on the 1st February 2021

Each module can be purchased separately inside the member's area.

Module Info

* Conflict Poetry

Choose the text that you have been studying at school

*Suggested text for home-schooling

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Year 11

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  • Core Content Lessons
  • Revision for GCSE 2021
  • Final Revision Pack - 2 Papers
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  • Fun Gameboards
  • Access to resources
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Weekly Q&A session
  • Email Access
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Year 12 & RESIT

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£49.95/Month
  • Core Content Lessons
  • Revision for GCSE 2021
  • Final Revision Pack - 2 Papers - FAST TRACK RESIT June 2021
  • If you are intending to resit in November send me a message for advice.
  • Add-on Literature Units (to purchase inside member's online school)
  • Fun Gameboards
  • Access to resources
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Weekly Q&A session
  • Email Access
  • Extension work to be used during course - Past Papers
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Have questions? 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Have a look at our most frequently asked questions and if you still have any concerns or do not find an answer, feel free to send me an email.

My daughter has missed a lot of school. Can she pass the exam with just this course?

Yes. The course covers everything she should know to get a good pass in the GCSE exam.

Can I work with my son to help him catch up?

Yes. You should be able to ‘act as the teacher’ using the materials provided and help your child by discussing each step with them. There are assessment and level sheets to assess as you go. 

 

Can I use this course instead of getting my child a weekly tutor which is much more expensive?

Yes. I will provide all the materials. I have been teaching English for over 35 years, so I know how to help students pass the GCSE and I am known for being THE teacher who gets the best results in the examinations. I have a lot more experience in getting students a good result than most tutors, so I will be able to use my expertise to boost their confidence and their performance.

 

Will students get support during the course?

 Students can keep in touch with me by email. They will also hear from me in group Q&A sessions each week on a Wednesday evening at 8pm. They will be invited to a private group where they can share work and get support from other students and me.

 

 

Can I book extra one to one tutoring for my child?

Yes. There are some tutoring slots available at extra cost. 

 

 

Can I use this for a home- schooling course?

Yes. There are all the materials provided, as well as revision and past paper practice, but you will need to book your child into a nearby Examination Centre to actually sit the examination.

 

 

Can I take this course if I am re-taking the GCSE?

Yes. There are all the materials provided, as well as revision and past paper practice. However, you will need to check that you are booked in to take the examination by your school or a nearby Examination Centre. 

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I can get inside the examiner’s head, but I can also get inside your head and give you the formula of exactly what to put into your exam paper. 

I can show you how to use exam techniques to your advantage and boost your confidence to do this! You don’t want to fail and be constantly worrying about retakes. 

If you let me help you, we can nail the pass together. 

Soon you will be moving on to the sixth form, college or University with your GCSE English grade held high!