The English and Media Centre is a charity, committed to supporting teachers through its publications, courses, conferences and consultancy.
We're a small team of eight consultants. All fully qualified, experienced teachers, most of us work part-time, so when you add up all of our hours, we are effectively five strong.
Like most organisations at the moment, we're suffering financially. Courses and conferences, which we will not be able to run in the foreseeable future, make up a large part of our income. For that reason, we took the difficult decision last month to furlough about half of our team. However, we're determined to keep going and to provide as much support for English and Media teachers as we possibly can. For example, during lockdown, we've provided a range of free resources for all key stages, that have been downloaded in their thousands.
We generate all our own income, with no funding from external sources. So we're relying on your continuing support to help keep us going. Here are some of the ways you can do that.
Our depot is continuing to distribute our books and we also have an extensive list of download publications. Many of these are licensed for sharing on your school's VLE. Students with copies of our 19th century study editions, or our KS3 anthologies are finding these particularly useful to work from at home.
Web subscriptions to our A Level publications, emagazine and MediaMagazine, are proving particularly useful for students during lockdown. Your school's unique username and password (set and managed by the schol) gives your students full access to the most recent edition, plus all back copies and a video archive. Schools taking out a 20/21 subscription now get access immediately and won't be invoiced until September.
We were delighted by the interest in our first online CPD – Barbara Bleiman's What Matters in English Teaching: In the Classroom. It's inspired us to plan a full online CPD programme for next half term. But we'd like to take a lead from you before going ahead. Complete the SurveyMonkey telling us what you think, and we'll put your name in a prize draw - £50 voucher for EMC resources to the winner.