The English in Education SIG is a forum for researchers to investigate what is a broad and complex area of knowledge: our starting point is the school subject of English, but we embrace many aspects of the subject as it exists in all phases of education, and we include all elements of initial teacher training concerned with English teachers. English includes the four language modes, reading, writing, speaking and listening which can be addressed separately but can also be treated as elements of the holistic subject; it embraces literacy but literacy of an emancipatory and critical kind.
As a SIG convenor you will receive support from the BERA office and are invited to attend convenor meetings in London, with all other SIG convenors.
SIG Convenors are volunteers whose main role is to co-ordinate, oversee and develop the mission and activities of each particular SIG. The SIG is there to represent the views of their members, not of individual convenors.
SIG Convenors should expect to work within all the guidelines and advice provided by the BERA Office. These are in place to ensure good practice and that all legal, financial and insurance matters are taken care of and that any risks to individuals or organisations are minimised. In particular with regard to planning events, activities or any expenditure, SIGs should all follow BERA’s appropriate guidelines and procedures.
By agreeing to assume a position of SIG convenor, individuals are committing to fulfilling the responsibilities and obligations that go with that role. SIG Convenors are expected to exercise their own judgment to meet the requirements listed in BERA guidance and to seek further advice from the BERA Office if in any doubt on any of these matters. If any procedures are not followed then BERA reserves the right to take whatever action may be necessary to protect BERA’s legal, financial and reputational position.
If you would like to be considered (below are the details of the role, remits and appointment of a convenor):
Key aspects of the Convenors’ role include:
Preparing text for a regular (ideally once per term) newsletter to SIG members.
Hosting at least one annual SIG forum meeting for all members (organised via the BERA office)
Encouraging submissions of individual papers and symposia for BERA conference.
Reviewing abstracts or acting as a third reviewer.
Grouping together abstracts for the conference.
Other responsibilities detailed in the handbook are:
SIG Forum Meetings
Financial and administrative support
Annual Review and oversight
Networking and opportunities
If multiple expressions of interest are received an election may be run.
If you would like to be considered please complete the form by clicking “apply now”
The deadline to apply is November 25, 2022.
This role is intended to serve a 3 year term, finishing 30 September 2026.
As part of our wider commitment to greater equality and diversity at all levels of the organisation, we continue to seek increased representation from members with a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. In acknowledging the structural inequalities and unjust power imbalances that affect our members, we wish to be proactive in addressing this within our own structures.