The story of school English and the lessons from the past
15 Feb 2018
Research Seminar – Simon Gibbons
In this seminar Simon will draw on two related research projects, linked by a focus on the history of the development of English teaching, curriculum and assessment in England’s secondary schools. Drawing on interview and document data to construct the history, Simon will argue that although this is a particular story, about a particular subject and its teachers, there are messages from the past that have potential impact for policymakers and practitioners today and in the future.
Simon Gibbons Dr Simon Gibbons began his career as a teacher of English, media and drama in an East London comprehensive school. After ten years working in London schools, ultimately as the Head of English in a large comprehensive, he moved, via a role as a Local Authority Consultant, into the university sector. He has led both university and employment based initial teacher training programmes and is currently the director of teacher education at King’s College London and a senior lecturer in English and Education. His published research – including The London Association for the Teaching of English: A History (Trentham/IoE Press) and English and its Teachers (Routledge) – has predominantly focused on secondary English teaching – its historical development and contemporary state.