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Exploring ways forward in English: Building the curriculum in theory and practice

This event has now been postponed. To be kept updated on when this will be reschedule for, please email

What are the pressing issues affecting English teaching in classrooms today? This question is explored from the perspective of curriculum development in practice and in theory. The aim of the day is to consider the ways in which a curriculum perspective can suggest positive ways forward for classroom practitioners.

Keynote speakers will address areas such as English pedagogy and curriculum links between ages and stages. The immediate focus is on current conditions in England but the issues have wider, international resonance.  

A selected panel of guest speakers will provide focal points throughout the day, with regular opportunities for discussion and networking. A ‘curriculum builder’ exercise will provide opportunities for more conversation amongst attendees and should generate fascinating insights about possible next steps for curriculum builders in English.

09.30 Registration, tea and coffee
10.00 Welcome
Chris Hanley, Manchester Metropolitan University
11.00 Navigating English: the cases of Literature and Grammar in the curriculum
Dr Annabel Watson
11.45 Key Concepts in Literature Pedagogy
Chris Hanley, Manchester Metropolitan University and Mike Dore, Parrs Wood High School
12.00 Discussion and Q&A
Andy Goodwyn , The University of Bedfordshire and Jonathan Morgan, The National Association for Teaching of English
12.30 Tea and coffee break
13.15 Curriculum building exercises
Chris Hanley, Manchester Metropolitan University
14.30 Completion of evaluation forms
14.35 Conclusion
15.00 Close of event

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