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EMC CPD Online: Creativity in English – Why It’s Important!

Course content

Creativity was one of four key concepts around which the previous incarnation of the National Curriculum was structured. In the current version it doesn’t get a single mention. This EMC short course explains why creativity is so important to English disciplinary practices and should once again be at the heart of everything that goes on in the classroom.

Drawing on EMC director, Andrew McCallum’s book, Creativity and Learning in Secondary English, and his subsequent doctoral thesis about creativity, the course will:

  • Explore the centrality of creativity to language and literature study
  • Consider creativity for all as a matter of social justice
  • Suggest practical ways to bring creativity to English classrooms.

Further details

  • This course will be recorded but participants will not be visible or audible. 


If relevant, course materials will be sent the day before the course in the email with your joining instructions . Please either print these out or have them available on screen during the session.

  • After the session you will receive the PowerPoint presentation and any resources used on the course.
  • A recording of the session will be available for 7 days after the event.

How to book your place

  • Please sign in to the website, add the course to your basket and checkout. 
  • If you are booking a place for someone else, or want the joining information to go to an email other than the one you used to sign into the website, please add this to the additional information box.
  • Payment by invoice is not available for this session. Please note: your fee is non-refundable.
  • You will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your booking.
  • Your email with all the information you need to join the first session will be sent out on Monday 9th November You will be sent a reminder on the day of the course. Please check your junk or promotions folder. Still no luck? Email

Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Friday 6th November, or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner.

Course tutor: Andrew McCallum

Andrew McCallum is Director of the English and Media Centre. Prior to that he ran a PGCE course in secondary English, and previously he taught for 15 years in London schools, spending most of that time at Acland Burghley School in Camden. He holds a doctorate in education, is author of Creativity and Learning in Secondary English (Routledge) and writes regularly for NATE's Teaching English magazine. If asked to name the EMC publication he's most proud of having worked on, it would be a three-way contest between Literary ShortsDiverse Shorts and Write On.


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