English in Education – Curriculum and Assessment
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This one-day event provides a forum for researchers, teacher-educators and teachers to discuss our current English curriculum and the ways in which the subject is assessed in school and FE/HE contexts.
It is framed particularly by the alarming decline in the uptake of English at A level and degree level: an issue which begs the question of whether this is in part a consequence of a narrowing of the curriculum and particularly of how the subject is assessed. It is also designed to respond to the recent statement from Amanda Spielman of Ofsted that “too many teachers and leaders have not been trained to think deeply about what they want their pupils to learn and how they are going to teach it,” by offering a forum for teachers and those who work closely with them to discuss how schools can develop curricula and assessment practices which are creative and research-informed. Debates around the divergence of the curriculum from contemporary forms of communication, the concepts of ‘quality’ inherent in the curriculum and the privileging of certain aspects of the subject will all be highly relevant.
Keynote speakers include Cathy Burnett, Professor of Literacy and Education at Sheffield Hallam University.
|09:30||Registration and refreshments|
|10:00||Introduction: Why focus on curriculum and assessment?
Dr Annabel Watson, University of Exeter
|10:10||Curriculum and Assessment in English 3 to 16:
a Better Plan
KEYNOTE TRANSCRIPT & SUPPORTING MATERIAL
|11:20||Parallel session 1|
Presentations: Reading in the Curriculum
What do we teach in a Secondary English PGCE? What is English Pedagogical Content Knowledge and how does the new Subject Knowledge Enhancement position English as a subject? A discussion around the notions of ‘knowledge’ in English and how this is interpreted by PGCE programmes.
Convened by Rachel Roberts, Sian Ashman, Dr Bethan Marshall, Lesley Nelson-Addy, Lorna Smith
|12:20||Lunch and networking|
|13:00||The messiness of literacy: unsettling simple accounts of literacy through a baroque perspective on virtual play
Professor Cathy Burnett, Sheffield Hallam University
|14:45||Parallel session 2|
Presentations: Language in the Curriculum
|Presentations: Problems and transitions||
Phil Durrant, Helen Lines, Annabel Watson, Rebecca Clarkson
|15:50||Interactive Plenary session:
Where next for teachers and researchers?
With Professor Angela Goddard, Joe Nutt, Kate Newton
|16:25||Completion of evaluation forms|
|16:30||Close of conference|
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