Manchester Tattoo Trust – designed by Get Pro Copy

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I used to live in Manchester, well Oldham to be precise, from 1987 to 1996 and having taught English in Shaw, Failsworth and Farnworth for 9 years, I’ve always felt a great affinity for the area.

Not so much the weather – but the people.

I’d say that Lancashire folk are generally the friendliest people I’ve met and Manchester still occasionally pulls me back on business and pleasure.

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The one third – two third rule in marketing

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If someone had said to me 10 years ago, write down your expertise on marketing and hand me the notes, it could have fitted on one side of a Post-It. Now I could easily fill three Post-It notes because I’ve learned through setting up a successful business (and failing with several others) that unless I understood how to market myself, my services and abilities, I’d soon be destitute.

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Why this new marking venture came about

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I’ve blogged repeatedly on my company website about my GCSE Marking service and when I first launched that business and left teaching for good, marking became a good source of both income and satisfaction.

I have a big network of teaching friends and from various exam boards on LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as long red pen experience, which made this a logical next step.

Get Pro Copy Ltd is a freelance copywriting service, where I get contacted for marking by many individual schools, academies and Multi Academy Trusts.
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Not drowning but waving – from a sea of red pens

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I welcome lighter nights, the clocks going forward, the shutting off of central heating until October (well at least here in Norfolk), but spring and summer for me comes with an added bonus: GCSE English Language exam marking.

I mark all year round for various exam boards, schools, multi-academy trusts and colleges, mainly GCSE English Language and English Literature papers, from September to July, ad infinitum.

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Rolling back the years with a weekend away

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We’ve been in Norfolk for 10 years this summer – tempus fugit and all that – and when we occasionally hitch up the camels to make the trek out of this remote corner of England, I feel frustrated with the isolation and accompanying journey times.

Amsterdam is closer to us than London, believe it or not (and probably quicker to get to) but this weekend, I went on a missionary trip to the north of England, bearing bottled water and delusions of grandeur to Manchester, no less.

The trip was business-related, but, as it was the north, business quickly became pleasure.

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GCSE English Language marking – work smarter

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I’ll come clean now.

I am a marking expert.

That’s not me giving it “the Big I Am.” It’s fact. I marked in 1988 for the NEAB (I think?) and have done ever since, on and off, with internal exams as an English teacher, head of English since 1996 and with exam boards across GCSE and A Level English Language and English Literature for some of my 31 year career.

I’m a master craftsman with a red pen; an artist at interpreting and applying mark schemes; a ninja at giving diagnostic feedback.

Ok, that is me getting carried away – but you catch my drift?

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Raise attainment at GCSE and raise departmental morale

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I am a sucker for punishment, a man with a sad admission: I am embroiled currently and will be, until July, in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature marking.

Mock exams and real exams for various exam boards, schools and multi-academy trusts.

I’m good at marking too: I can spot errors, apply a mark scheme consistently and give individual feedback to students and departments about what needs to be improved for those magical level 4 – 9 milestones.

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Who should sell your property – your three choices

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I posted an article yesterday on Property Blogs, a sister site, about the pros and cons of the three ways of selling your property: traditional high street, hybrid or online and having used all three as a buyer and seller, and worked alongside many companies with content marketing, I feel qualified to comment.

I’ve been a homeowner since 1988, when my first home coast me £18,500 in Oldham and still am to this day.

So what do I think?

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