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What Matters in English? EMC Conference and CPD

What do we want the secondary English curriculum to be like? What are the pressures on the subject and on English departments? What should we be arguing for? 

This EMC Conference & CPD will look at key principles and values and ways to connect them to practical solutions. 

A mix of keynote talks, workshops, performance and discussion with academics, writers, teachers, students and practitioners.

Contributors include: Barbara Bleiman, Michael Rosen, Kate Clanchy, Professor Robert Eaglestone, Bennie Kara, Carol Atherton, Ian Cushing, Anurag Jain, Richard Long, Raymond Soltysek and Mehru Shah.

Conference Programme

10.00-10.10: Andrew McCallum, Director EMC, welcomes you to the Conference.

10.10-10.35: Barbara Bleiman: Where We’ve Come From, Where We Are Now, Where We Should Be Going

10.40-11.10: Professor Robert Eaglestone: What Do We Mean by Knowledge in English?

BREAK 11.10 – 11.35 

11.35-12.00: Bennie Kara: Curriculum For All

12.00 -12.50: Choice of workshops

  1. What Matters in English: the Curriculum – Richard Long & Andrew McCallum
  2. What Matters in English: Language – Ian Cushing & Dan Clayton
  3. What Matters in English: Literature – Carol Atherton

12.50-1.35: LUNCH

1.35-2.15pm: Michael Rosen: Readers and Texts

2.15-2.50pm: Kate Clanchy & Oxford Spires Academy students: Talk and Performance

2.50-3.20: The Chalkface –  Panel of subject leaders, teachers and ITE teachers

3.20-3.30: Conference closing remarks




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