Building confidence with Let's Think in English

Let’s Think in English is a teaching programme designed to help students develop the response and analytical skills necessary to succeed in English. It is available to all our centres to support our GCSE (9-1) English 2015 specifications.

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Let’s Think in English was created by Laurie Smith and Michael Walsh for King’s College London from 2009.
The programme has been trialled by 100+ schools over 5 years.

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Proven success across the ability range

Like Grammar for Writing, Let’s Think in English is underpinned by a research trial in which it has been proven to work with students of all abilities.

It focuses on building skills of inference, deduction and analysis to build students' understanding, ability to express ideas, and confidence with unseen texts - whether fiction, poetry or non-fiction - in exam conditions.

Let’s Think in English lessons are largely oral and based on reading, with open-ended questioning and structured group discussion. 

Learn more at the Let's Think in English website

The Let's Think in English pedagogy

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Try it now!

A free taster lesson, with ‘The Bridge’ PowerPoint slides, a lesson plan and worksheets is available so you can try Let's Think in English in your classroom.

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Pearson Edexcel centres can also download a free GFW full unit of work:

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We’re working to ensure that valuable and helpful resources are available to all our centres to support our Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English specifications from 2015, including:

  • A set of free lesson plans from the Let’s Think in English team for use with GCSE classes.

  • Published resources* that are underpinned by the Let's Think in English pedagogy to support our GCSE (9-1) qualifications.

  • Rich poetry support, including an Anthology and Teacher Guide.

  • Help with preparing for the English exams with online unseen practice texts.

  • Support for understanding the new standard, including exemplar student work and examiner commentaries, and free training on marking mock papers.
*Please note that Pearson published resources are not a prerequisite for the Pearson Edexcel qualifications, and resources from other publishers are available.