Primary & GCSE English

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For primary Key Stage 1 and 2 to secondary GCSE (age 5 - 16)
English as an additional language for children and adults
Exam preparation for SATs, 11+, GCSE and ESOL
Proficiency in reading, grammar and writing
Experts in filling the gaps and addressing misconceptions
Taught through  Geography, Science, History or literature
Help with homework for only £10
One-to-one from £40 per session
Small group classes from £20 per session
Parent workshops in the English curriculum and phonics

Welcome to Our Primary and GCSE English Page

Welcome to our dedicated section on English tuition in England!  We understand the importance of providing a solid foundation in English for your child's academic journey.  At GLA Tutors, we pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive and inclusive approach to English education. 

Our carefully curated selection of diverse literature ensures that children are not only honing their language skills but also gaining exposure to a rich tapestry of cultures and perspectives. 

We go beyond traditional methods by incorporating fascinating foundation subjects into our curriculum, making the learning process engaging and holistic. Through this unique blend, we strive to make English learning a dynamic and enjoyable experience for your child, fostering both linguistic proficiency and a lifelong love for literature and learning. 

Join us in shaping a bright future for your child's education!

Our English Curriculum Intent

At GLA Tutors, our English Curriculum Intent is designed to foster a deep and enduring love for the English language, literature, and communication. 

We believe in equipping our students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become confident and articulate communicators in both written and spoken English. 

Our curriculum is carefully crafted to inspire a passion for reading, analysing, and interpreting a diverse range of texts, exposing students to different genres, cultures, and perspectives. 

We aim to develop their critical thinking abilities, enabling them to express their thoughts and ideas effectively while nurturing their creativity and imagination. 

With a focus on building strong foundations in grammar, vocabulary, and writing, we empower our students to become proficient in English language skills. 

Furthermore, we emphasise the importance of effective communication and collaboration, preparing our students to succeed in a globalised world. 

Through our English Curriculum Intent, we strive to cultivate lifelong learners who are confident, empathetic, and culturally aware, ready to excel academically and contribute meaningfully to society.

The Foundations of Good Communication

Grammar: A solid understanding of grammar rules and structures enables clear and accurate communication. 

Vocabulary: Building a strong vocabulary enhances communication by providing a wider range of words to express thoughts and ideas. 

Pronunciation: Clear pronunciation helps ensure that the intended message is understood by others.

Listening Skills: Active listening is crucial for effective communication. It involves paying attention to the speaker, understanding the message, and responding appropriately.

Speaking Skills: Fluency, clarity, and confidence in speaking are essential for effective communication. 

Reading Comprehension: Strong reading comprehension skills enable individuals to understand written texts, extract relevant information, and interpret the author's intended message.

Writing Skills: Effective writing involves structuring ideas logically, using appropriate grammar and vocabulary, and conveying information clearly.

Non-verbal Communication: Non-verbal cues, such as body language, facial expressions, and gestures, play a significant role in communication. 

Year One


 My Local Area, The United Kingdom


 Now & Then - Seaside, Toys, Transport


 Rules and Values,  Fasting & Reflection, Good & Evil, Present & Mindful, Helping Others, Overcoming Challnges

Year Two


 Life in Kenya, Planet Earth


The Great Fire of London, Kings & Queens, They Made a Difference: Inspirational People


Change & Rebirth, Belonging, Same but Different, What Makes Things Special,  Reflection & Resilience

Year Three


Climate Zones and Biomes, Europe


Settlements in the UK, Ancient Greeks, Stone, Bronze and Iron Age


Special Books, Special Buildings, Giving Thanks, Perseverance in Adversity, Showing what we Believe, Remembering

Year Four


The Amazon, The USA


 The Mayans, The Romans


Purity of Water, Special Stories, Living a Good Life, Special Clothes, Overcoming Obstacles, Humanism and the Spirit

Year Five


 Asia: Volcanoes & Earthquakes


Ango Saxons & Scots, Vikings, Baghdad & the Islamic Empire, The Industrial Revolution


Family, Humanism: Origins, Charity, Achieving our Goals, Belonging, Enlightened Teachers

Year Six


Global Challenges, Mapping the World


Egyptians, Conflict & Resolution, Making Our Mark


 Caring for the Environment, Humanism: Finding Inspiration, The Power of Prayer; Renewal, Remembrance & Celebration

Y1 Katie in London by James Mayhew

Y1 Katie in London by James Mayhew

Y2 George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

Y2 Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

Y3 Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman

Y3 The BFG by Roald Dahl

Y4 Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Y4 Secret Friends by Elizabeth Laird

Y5 Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo

Y5 The Girl who Stole an Elephant

Y6 The Other Side of the Truth by Beverley Naidoo

Y6 Macbeth by William Shakespeare

We offer some great revision materials and lessons for GCSE English

GCSE English Language

Our GCSE English Language tuition intends to provide students with a comprehensive and rigorous understanding of the English language, enabling them to effectively communicate, analyse, and interpret a wide range of texts. 

Our aim is to foster a love for literature, develop critical thinking skills, and nurture confident and articulate communicators. Through the study of various literary genres, non-fiction texts, and media, students will develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to a high level of proficiency. 

Our curriculum can be adapted for AQA, Pearson Edexcel, OCR and WJEC exam boads and emphasises the importance of grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation, enabling students to express themselves with clarity and precision. 

We strive to create a supportive and engaging learning environment where students can explore the power of language, develop their own unique voices, and become skilled and thoughtful communicators in both academic and real-world contexts.

GCSE English Literature

Our GCSE English Literature tuition can be adapted for AQA, Pearson Edexcel, OCR and WJEC exam boards and is designed to ignite a passion for literature and foster a deep appreciation for the power of storytelling. Our intent is to expose students to a diverse range of literary works, including classic and contemporary texts, poetry, and drama. 

Through the study of these texts, students will develop critical thinking skills, analytical abilities, and an understanding of the social and historical contexts in which they were written. 

We aim to cultivate confident and independent readers who can engage with complex ideas, explore different perspectives, and articulate their interpretations effectively. 

Our tuition also encourages students to develop their own personal responses to literature, nurturing their creativity and imagination. By exploring themes, characters, and literary techniques, students will not only enhance their literary knowledge but also hone their skills in close reading, essay writing, and literary analysis. 

Our goal is to equip students with the tools and confidence to engage with literature in a meaningful way, both academically and personally. 


Assessment objectives for GCSE English Language

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE English Language specifications and all exam boards. The exams and Spoken Language endorsement will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

Assessment objectives for GCSE English Literature

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE English Literature specifications and all exam boards. The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

Texts used across the different exam boards


Students will study one play from the list of six set texts. Students should study the whole text.

Macbeth | AQA | Edexcel | OCR | Eduqas
Romeo and Juliet | AQA | Edexcel | OCR | Eduqas
The Tempest | AQA | Edexcel
Merchant of Venice | AQA | Edexcel | OCR | Eduqas
Much Ado About Nothing | AQA | Edexcel | OCR | Eduqas |
Julius Caesar | AQA
Twelfth Night | Edexcel | Eduqas
Othello | Eduqas |
Henry V
CCEA board specifies “a Shakespeare play” on the theme of conflict or love.

The 19th-century novel

Students will study one novel from the list of seven set texts. Students should study the whole text.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens | AQA | Edexcel | Eduqas | WJEC
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens | AQA | Edexcel | OCR
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley | AQA | Edexcel
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë | AQA | Edexcel | OCR | Eduqas
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen | AQA | Edexcel | OCR | Eduqas | WJEC
The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle | AQA
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson | AQA | Edexcel | OCR | Eduqas
Silas Marner by George Eliot | Edexcel | Eduqas | WJEC
War of the Worlds by HG Wells | OCR | Eduqas

Modern texts

Students will study one from a choice of 12 set texts, which include post-1914 prose fiction and drama. Students should study the whole text.


The Empress by Tanika Gupta | Edexcel
Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah (adapted  by LemnSissay) | Edexcel
An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley | AQA | Edexcel | OCR | Eduqas | CCEA | WJEC
Blood Brothers by Willy Russell | AQA | Edexcel | WJEC | Eduqas | CCEA
The History Boys by Alan Bennett | AQA | WJEC | Eduqas
DNA by Dennis Kelly | AQA | OCR
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon / Simon Stephens | AQA | Eduqas | CCEA
A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney | AQA | WJEC
Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse | Edexcel | WJEC
Journey’s End by RC Sherriff | Edexcel | CCEA
My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley
A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller | WJEC
Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington | WJEC
Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel | CCEA
All My Sons by Arthur Miller CCEA
Philadelphia, Here I Come! by Brian Friel | CCEA
Our Town by Thornton Wilder | CCEA
Leave Taking by Winsome Pinnock | AQA | OCR (from September 2022) Eduqas
Princess & the Hustler by Chinonyerem Odimba | AQA (from September 2023)
Three Dublin Plays by Sean O’Casey | CCEA


Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin | Edexcel
Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman | Edexcel | Eduqas
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe | CCEA
Lord of the Flies by William Golding | AQA | CCEA | Edexcel | Eduqas | WJEC
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene | CCEA
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee | CCEA | WJEC
Animal Farm by George Orwell | AQA | CCEA | Edexcel OCR
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck | CCEA | WJEC
Anita & Me by Meera Syal | AQA | Edexcel | OCR | Eduqas | WJEC
Woman in Black by Susan Hill | Edexcel | Eduqas
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro | AQA | OCR | WJEC
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle | WJEC | CCEA
Heroes by Robert Cormier | WJEC
About a Boy by Nick Hornby | WJEC | CCEA
Resistance by Owen Sheers | WJEC
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou | WJEC
Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve by Danni Abse | WJEC
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson | Eduqas
How Many Miles to Babylon? by Jennifer Johnston | CCEA
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman | AQA
Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton | WJEC
My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal | AQA

Creative Writing

GLA Tutors can greatly assist your child in enhancing their creative writing skills. Our experienced tutors provide personalised guidance and support to help your child develop their imagination, storytelling abilities, and writing techniques. With a focus on fostering creativity and building confidence, our tutors engage students in interactive writing activities, encourage them to explore different genres and styles, and provide constructive feedback to improve their writing. Whether your child needs help with brainstorming ideas, structuring their writing, or refining their language and grammar, GLA Tutors can provide the necessary tools and strategies to help them excel in creative writing.


Creative Writing

A great piece of creative writing is characterised by several key elements that captivate the reader and demonstrate the writer's skill and imagination. 

Firstly, a strong and compelling narrative is essential. This involves creating a well-structured plot with a clear beginning, middle, and end, and developing interesting and relatable characters. The writer should also incorporate vivid descriptions that engage the reader's senses and bring the story to life.

Additionally, creativity and originality are crucial in creative writing. Examiners are looking for unique ideas and perspectives that showcase the writer's ability to think outside the box. This could involve creating imaginative settings, inventing new worlds or characters, or approaching a common theme or topic in a fresh and innovative way.

Another important aspect of great creative writing is the effective use of language and literary devices. Skillful writers employ a variety of techniques such as similes, metaphors, personification, and symbolism to enhance their writing and create a deeper impact on the reader. They also demonstrate a strong command of grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary to ensure clarity and coherence in their writing.

When children sit the eleven plus exam, examiners are specifically looking for certain writing skills. These include the ability to generate and develop ideas fluently and coherently, to use a wide range of vocabulary appropriately, and to structure their writing effectively. Examiners also assess the writer's ability to engage the reader through descriptive and imaginative language, as well as their understanding of narrative structure and the ability to create tension and suspense.

Furthermore, examiners look for evidence of originality, creativity, and the writer's unique voice in their writing. They want to see that the child can think critically and analytically, and that they can express their ideas and emotions with clarity and depth. 

Finally, attention to detail and a strong grasp of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are important to ensure the overall quality of the piece.

In summary, a great piece of creative writing is characterised by a compelling narrative, originality, effective use of language and literary devices, and strong technical skills. 

When sitting the eleven plus exam, children should focus on generating ideas, using a wide vocabulary, structuring their writing effectively, and showcasing their creativity and unique voice.

For those new arrivals to the UK, we offer experienced tuition and an extensive range of resources to help early learners get up to speed with the English language. Language skills are important for a child's success and self-esteem. Help break down those barriers to learning with Global Learners Academy.

We are proud to offer bespoke English learning courses specifically designed for adults. Our courses are tailored to meet the unique needs, goals, and learning styles of each individual learner. Whether you are a professional seeking to improve your business communication skills or an academic preparing for further studies, our experienced instructors will create a personalised curriculum that addresses your specific areas of improvement. 

We use Letters and Sounds as a systematic approach for teaching children to read using phonics. It is used in many schools in England and it is split into six phases, from starting to learn about sounds in phase one to becoming fluent readers in phase six.

Letters and Sounds has many positive attributes and technicalities - especially for EAL learners - that are missing in the Read Write Inc programme, which many schools are now adopting.

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Our Reading Lists

Welcome to our thoughtfully curated collection of books designed to enrich the national curriculum and provide invaluable support for children facing challenges with low self-esteem or in need of additional mental health support. 

At the heart of our selection is a commitment to fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment, where literature becomes a powerful tool for both education and emotional well-being. 

Our carefully chosen titles cover a spectrum of subjects, embracing diversity and addressing relevant themes to engage young minds and promote empathy. These books are not only academic resources but also nurturing companions for students navigating the complexities of self-esteem and mental health. 

We believe in the transformative power of storytelling to inspire, uplift, and create a foundation for a brighter future. 

Explore our collection and embark on a journey of learning, understanding, and personal growth.

Help with Homework

Hourly online homework support sessions provided by tutors offer valuable assistance to students as they navigate through their homework assignments. 

These sessions provide a support where students can sit with experienced online tutors who are ready to guide them through any challenges they may encounter. Whether it's clarifying concepts, answering questions, or providing step-by-step explanations, tutors are there to ensure that students understand and complete their homework effectively. 

These sessions not only help students with their immediate assignments but also foster independent learning skills and boost confidence in tackling future homework tasks. 

By offering personalised attention and targeted support, tutors aim to empower students to succeed academically and develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter.