Five Brilliant Ideas for Teaching Poetry

Poetry can be one of the trickiest areas of the curriculum to teach well. How can pupils come to understand a poem without being spoon-fed? How can they engage in personal response when the language of a text can seem dense and difficult? How can they learn about poetic conventions and style while still enjoying…

Putting the Facts Straight – OCR/ EMC’s A Level Language and Literature

Some of the media coverage this week has suggested that the draft OCR/EMC Language and Literature specification is dumbing down, pandering to students’ interests and putting celebrities like Russell Brand in the same category as Shakespeare. In response we thought it important to set the record straight and provide some basic, factual information to help…