EMC CPD Online: Curriculum as Conversation – Poems that Inspire at KS3 (29.6.21)

Course content

After a brief introduction to the ‘curriculum as conversation’ model, this concept of curriculum planning and pedagogy will be exemplified in practice through a poetry unit for KS3. There will be a chance to try out draft materials from the unit and think about how these contribute to developing students’ thinking and experience of the subject, with diversity and conceptual understanding at the heart of the curriculum.

There will be a voucher for those attending the course to receive a free copy of the download unit, when it is published by EMC.

Further details

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


  • 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, any resources used on the course and a £10 voucher to use against any purchase on www.englishandmedia.co.uk
  • A recording of the session will be available for 7 days after the event.

Course tutor: Barbara Bleiman

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 resources on poetry, novels and language study. She takes the lead on EMC’s project on group work, ‘It’s Good to Talk’. In 2019 she was awarded the NATE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of English. Barbara is also the author of two novels and her collection of short stories, Kremlinology of Kisses, was published by Blue Door Press in November 2020.

How to book your place

Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Friday 25th June, or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner.

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  • This course must be booked and paid for online. Payment by invoice is not available for this session. Please note: your fee is non-refundable.


I would give it 10 stars if I could. A 90 minute session took me just over three hours of watching and re-watching to get all the ideas down - 12 pages (25 sides) of notes because there was so much to capture. I’m now well-used to Barbara Bleiman’s talks being brilliant but somehow she managed to make this one the best yet. Quite extraordinary - like watching a Zen master in action.

Michelle Bayne-Jardine on Cultural Conversations 1 – Going on an Odyssey in KS3

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