EMC CPD Face-to-Face: Teaching Rossetti for A Level (Full day 9.11.22)

This one-day face-to-face course will take place at The English and Media Centre in London (see right for address and map). The course will be limited to 15 participants. 

Course content

The course will include a lecture by Zaynub Zanam, a leading academic, on an aspect of Rossetti’s poetry, with two other sessions that focus on ways of teaching Rossetti’s poetry, including critical material to enrich students’ (and teachers’ own) thinking.  The ideas for practical classroom activities and approaches will be resourced with material that will be made available to take away at the end of the course. This course is designed so that the materials and approaches should be applicable across different specifications

What will the course cover?

  • Developing your own subject knowledge.
  • Approaches that develop students’ confidence and ability to see what’s significant in Rossetti’s work.
  • Ways of sharpening up students’ thinking about style and language.
  • How to use critical and contextual information to illuminate the work.
  • Classroom activities, strategies and resources to support your teaching.

NB This is an adapted repeat of a course on Rossetti that ran a few years ago, so will not be suitable for those who attended that course.

Course tutors: Emma Barker & Barbara Bleiman, with Dr Zaynub Zaman

Barbara Bleiman is an education consultant at EMC, co-editor of emagazine and the author of What Matters in English Teaching. She writes blogs and articles about education and has written or co-written many EMC publications for the classroom, including several resources on poetry, novels and language study. Among these are Doing Close ReadingStudying The Handmaid’s TaleSight/Unseen Poetry, KS3 Poetry Plus, as well as Curriculum Conversations: Going on an Odyssey. She takes the lead on EMC’s project on group work, ‘It’s Good to Talk’ and has a strong interest in ideas about the curriculum, developing the idea of ‘cultural conversations’ as a challenge to the notion of cultural capital. In 2019 she was awarded the NATE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of English. She is also a Fellow of the English Association. Barbara is the author of two novels, Off the Voortrekker Road and Accidents of Love, and has recently published a collection of short stories, Kremlinology of Kisses.

Emma Barker leads EMC’s Secondary English with media/drama PGCE and organises EMC’s emagazine literature conferences. After a period teaching English at community schools through the university of Bologna and working in a literary agency Emma completed a PGCE in secondary English at the Institute of Education. She then taught English in London for 10 years, during which she was an intervention lead, 2i/c and a Head of English. Some of her main areas of interest include work on funds of knowledge and learner identities, assessment and feedback, and developing readers. At the Centre she works on KS4 and KS5 and poetry courses.

Zaynub Zaman completed her PhD in English from the University of Liverpool in 2020, and is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham City University.  Her research focuses on tracing the presence of Dante in the works of the Pre-Raphaelites with particular interest in medieval mysticism and sexuality.  She has contributed articles to the Pre-Raphaelite Society Review including ‘The Passion: the influence of the High Church on Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Aestheticism’ (27.3, 2019) and ‘Talking that Talk: negatively speaking’ (23.1, 2015) both examining Rossetti’s poetry. Other research interests include the relationship between literature and religion at the turn of the nineteenth century, post-colonialism and Islamic mystical poetry from the Early Mystics to Ghalib.

How to book your place

Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Monday 7th November, or when capacity (15) is reached, whichever is the sooner. 

  • This course must be booked online. If you pay by card that is a big help to us as a small, not-for-profit organisation. Please only ask to be invoiced if required by your school. If you need to pay by invoice, you must be signed into a 'School User' account. You will not be able to request an invoice if you have one of the short courses in your basket at the same time. These must be paid for in advance.
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  • Please note, if a course has to be cancelled for reasons beyond our reasonable control, you will not be charged for the course and will receive a refund if you paid in advance. However, personal arrangements including travel, accommodation or hospitality relating to the course which have been arranged by you or your institution are at your own risk and not refundable by us.


Great day! I really enjoyed the range of activities and ideas for teaching.

Kate Buckley, Peter Symonds College on ‘Teaching Christina Rossetti for Literature or Lang & Lit A Level’.

Inspiring as ever!

George Norton, Paston Sixth Form College on ‘Teaching Christina Rossetti for Literature or Lang & Lit A Level’.

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