GCSE English Literature: OCR Poetry – Simon Armitage – ‘nothing stands but free sky’

nothing stands but free sky

English Literature: OCR poetry

simon armitage poems

close study

  • suitable for OCR poetry – Simon Armitage
  • tailored to GCSE students aiming for grades A*- C


English GCSE counts – for a lot. Whether you want to go to university, enrol on a vocational course or find a job, a good grade in English will help you get there.

nothing stands but free sky equips you with a thorough understanding and critical appreciation of the Armitage’s poems in the OCR anthology so you can approach the poetry paper with confidence.


how the workshop can help

With a variety of activities and tasks, the workshop brings the poems to life and takes you on an exciting journey into the realms of Armitage’s poems. With a renewed understanding of poetry and techniques, you’ll learn how to peel back the layers of meaning and interpret what lies beneath.


nothing stands but free sky

what to expect


  • detailed outline of exam criteria and assessment objectives
  • close study of each poem’s ideas, themes and issues
  •  exploration and critical evaluation of poetic techniques
  • consideration and analysis of form, structure and language choices
  • tailored activities to make comparisons and links between poems
  • exercises to encourage personal response and interpretation that peels back the layers of meaning
  • practice on how to move from general commentary to micro-analysis providing clear evidence in support
  • past paper practice, discussion and analysis of successful responses that reach the highest grades, with close reference to examiner reports
  • individual feedback


what to pay

£ 75 – includes all study materials and refreshments

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