GCSE / National 5 English Literature Teacher Resources
Free teacher classroom resources suitable for use in English literature lessons with secondary school children at Key Stage 4 and GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and at National 4 and 5 in Scotland.
GCSE Literature Texts
Using original music alongside quotations from the source, these short films summarise key 19th Century texts, taking in plot, themes and characters.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A series of short films offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the characters, themes and production of this award-winning stage adaptation.
Making a Scene
This series of short films explores the plot, themes and characters in three popular English literature plays through dramatisation and narration.
Curriculum Collections: English Literature / Language
Anthony Horowitz introduces clips from the BBC archive featuring famous faces including Stephen Fry, Kate Humble and Griff Rhys Jones.
A collection of timeless fiction from the literary greats. Through BBC Sounds, you and your class can enjoy unabridged audio versions of classic novels.
Why is reading good for me?
In an era where there are so many other distractions, why do we still love to curl up with a novel and what are the benefits of doing so?
Poetry: Between the Lines
In these series of short films hip-hop star Akala talks to contemporary poets including Jackie Kay, Gillian Clarke and Ciaran Carson about some of their best-loved poems.
Poetry: Between the Lines - The Romantics
In this series of short films hip hop star Akala explores and analyses key works by Wordsworth, Byron, Blake, Shelley and Keats.
Simon Armitage: Writing Poems
Over the course of six short films, Simon Armitage takes us behind the scenes of some of his most famous poems.
Poets in Person
A series of short films celebrating a different contemporary poem with personal insights from the poet.
Why is Robert Burns' work still so popular today?
Ricky Ross explores the reasons why Robert Burns' work is still so popular over 200 years after his death.
Shakespeare Unlocked - Macbeth
A series of short films in which key scenes are explored through performance, unlocking the meaning of the language and the development of character.
Shakespeare Unlocked - Julius Caesar
In this series of short films three key scenes from Julius Caesar are explored through performance, to unlock the meaning of the language and development of character.
Shakespeare Unlocked - A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A series of short films explore key scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream through performance, to unlock the meaning of the language and development of characters.
Shakespeare's most famous plays are brought to life through this series of short films, which use music and original quotations.
Shakespeare's life, work and legacy
A collection of interactive articles about the life, work and legacy of William Shakespeare.
BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource
This online resource provides schools, colleges and universities across the UK with access to hundreds of BBC television and radio broadcasts of Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets and documentaries about Shakespeare.