EMC CPD Online: Teaching Poetry at A Level (Twilight 15.11.21)

‘Teaching Poetry at A Level’ is a 90-minute session. It will offer some key principles for teaching poetry, exemplified with a few practical activities that can be adapted for the texts you are teaching, drawing on the A Level poetry CPD offered by EMC in the past few years.

The session will touch on the following issues:

  • How to teach an individual poem – principles and one strategy
  • How to teach poems in an anthology or cluster of poems – principles and one strategy
  • What is good writing about poetry at A Level?

N.B. This is a repeat course.

Further details

  • This course will be recorded but participants will not be audible or visible.
  • Please note: courses are designed to be watched by one participant only.


  • 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 several resources on poetry, novels and language study. Among these are Doing Close Reading, Studying The Handmaid’s TaleSight/Unseen PoetryKS3 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.

How to book your place

Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Thursday 11th November, or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner.

  • To book a place on this course, first sign into your account on the website, or register one if you need to.
  • Click 'Book online' (right-hand column) and fill in the name and email address of the person attending the course. The joining information and post-course email will be sent to this address.
  • Please note: courses are designed to be watched by one participant only. If you are booking for more than one person, repeat the process.
  • Then hover over your basket (top right) and click checkout.
  • If you want to book another place on the course, return to the course page and go through the same process. You cannot update number of places booked from within your basket.
  • Once you have booked your place, you will see a screen 'Your order was a success!' You may want to make a note of your order number. You will also receive an automatic acknowledgement of your booking.
  • Your email with all the information you need to join the session will be sent out on Friday 12th November. You will be sent a reminder on the day of the course. Please check your junk or promotions folder. Still no luck? Email courses@englishandmedia.co.uk.

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.


A pleasurable experience. Expert teaching. Engaging presentation. Comfort of my own home!

Jackie Cruse, Buxton Community School on Teaching Poetry at A Level, October 2020

I really enjoyed the course. I enjoyed the choice of poems as well as the activities that were discussed. I used one of the activities with my year thirteens as soon I as saw them today and it generated excellent discussion. I have enjoyed every single EMC course that I have attended - I love how literary and thought provoking they are as well as being filled with practical strategies. Each course allows me to feel like I'm back at university for an hour - I love it!

Kim Smith, Whitley Bay High School on Teaching Poetry at A Level, October 2020

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