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Ideas and resources to boost vocabulary and word confidence in your Secondary School

Language Boosting Resources for Secondary School

Ideas and resources to boost vocabulary and word confidence in your Secondary School

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Sign up as a Word Gap Partner School to demonstrate your commitment to closing the word gap, and to receive additional benefits including free resources and invitations to word gap events.

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Support for students who are below expected standards at the start of secondary school, helping students to develop their skills and approach their examinations with confidence

Super-readable rollercoasters

Super-readable Rollercoasters

Developed in partnership with Barrington Stoke, the experts in producing accessible fiction, Super-readable Rollercoasters aim to encourage struggling readers and support them to become life-long readers.

Get it right: Boost your vocabulary

Get it right: Boost your vocabulary

Get It Right: Boost Your Vocabulary workbooks contain flexible lessons built around aspirational Tier 2 vocabulary taken from the Oxford Children's Corpus. Developed by Helen Prince, each word is explored in context with engaging activities, to help students build their word banks and start using them confidently.

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start

A successful reading and writing intervention programme developed by Ruth Miskin to rescue pupils age 9 and above who are below age-related expectations

Ignite English

Encourages KS3 students to build their vocabulary and aims to show how the study of English relates to the real world. For KS3 from a trusted author team including Geoff Barton


A vast array of genres, novelists, and challenging subject-matter, accompanied by free online teaching resources


The ideal way to introduce your 11-14 students to thought-provoking, challenging and accessible, classic and modern plays, and the act of reading aloud in the classroom

Oxford Children's Dictionaries

Encourage a love of words and language with our range of dictionaries, thesauruses and free online resources specially compiled to meet the demands of the school curriculum

To 14

Enables students to develop lasting confidence in essential reading, writing and comprehension skills

19th Century Dictionary

This browsable and unique dictionary explains the interesting words found in 19th century texts studied at secondary school

Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary

Provides students with invaluable support while they read and understand Shakespeare's plays

RSC School Shakespeare

Working in partnership with the RSC, this series is ideal for introducing your 11-14 year old students to Shakespeare's world