English and the Law of Unintended Consequences

English and Media Centre co-director, Andrew McCallum, warns against responses to recent curriculum and GCSE changes that potentially risk limiting students’ experience of English at secondary level. The law of unintended consequences finds rich pickings in education, nowhere more so than in teaching English to 11-16 year olds. Policies and initiatives introduced with good intentions…

Blogging about English: some areas for debate

Barbara Bleiman, Co-director at The English and Media Centre, considers interesting areas for debate about English as a subject The blogosphere and twittersphere are both full of impassioned arguments and discussions around education, many of them sustained by English teachers or Headteachers with a background in English teaching. English teachers have always been at the forefront…

Sign up to the future of Media and Film Studies!

Jenny Grahame, EMC’s media consultant, calls for responses to the forthcoming DfE/Ofqual consultation. Just what is it that constitutes a subject as appropriate for examination at GCSE or A Level? Is it the intellectual contribution it has made to contemporary letters and culture, or its consonance with the economic well-being of society? Is it the relevance…

Knowledge about Literature at KS3 – What’s significant knowledge? What role is there for ‘facts’?

Starting with a look at ‘knowledge’ in relation to Great Expectations, Barbara Bleiman, co-director at The English and Media Centre, explores the debates around knowledge versus skills. Great Expectations 1. Dickens was writing in the 19th century. 2. Pip’s sister was called Mrs Joe Gargery. 3. Dickens wrote his novels in instalments as weekly serials.…