Event on ‘implementing English teaching best practice’ to be held

On Thursday 16th May, in Central London, we are bringing together a selection of senior subject leaders with curriculum and qualification specialists at our annual ‘Providing Outstanding English Teaching in Schools’ forum.

Attendees will explore how to raise standards of English teaching through utilising technology, adopting innovative teaching methods and developing outstanding curricula to successfully improve pupil attainment within their institution.

The English Association and the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) will lead in discussion as they share successful professional development methods for teaching English, and explore key issues currently facing the profession. In addition, a range of best practice case studies will share proven ways of raising standards of English teaching in the classroom to effectively enhance outcomes for pupils.

Following the recent major reforms to English curricula and assessment, it is imperative that we make a concerted effort to increase pupil engagement and raise standards in English teaching. If you are not the most appropriate person to contact regarding this, please feel free to forward this invitation on.

Confirmed keynote and interview sessions

Bethan Marshall, Former Chair, National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) and Senior Lecturer, King’s College London
– Interview: ‘Supporting Innovation and Raising Standards in English Teaching’

  • The impact, both short-term and long-term, on teachers and students of English GCSE in light of government reforms to the curriculum?
  • How can schools reinvigorate English as a discipline to encourage greater student engagement with the subject?
  • How should teachers engage in reciprocal learning and dissemination of best practice in terms of effective pedagogy?
  • What can be done to improve A-Level enrolment rates in English Literature and English language, and how does this relate to student experience at GCSE?
  • How can NATE’s KS3 Creative Persuasion Resources assist teachers in raising standards, boosting engagement and enhancing key skills?

Clare Haviland, English Subject Advisor, Pearson
– Keynote: ‘Understanding English Assessment to Deliver Exceptional Teaching and Learning’

Professor Martin Halliwell, President, English Association
– Keynote: ‘Supporting Schools to Improve English Teaching Standards’

Tracey Parvin, President, UKLA
– Keynote: ‘Integrating Theory, Research and Practice to Raise Standards of Literacy’

Also leading in the discussion

Helen Howell, English AST and Lead for Literacy, The Radclyffe School
– Case Study: ‘Developing a Rigorous, Challenging and Extract-Based KS3 English Curriculum to Enhance Literacy and Improve Student Outcomes’
Rated ‘Outstanding’ in their most recent Ofsted inspection

Louise Porter, English Teacher, Ribblesdale High School
– Case Study: ‘Utilising Technology in English Teaching to Engage Pupils and Improve Outcomes’
Winner of the 2018 Silver Pearson Teaching Award for ‘Outstanding Use of Technology in Education’

Dr John Gordon, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of East Anglia, and Author, Teaching English in Secondary Schools
– Case Study: ‘Improving English Literature Teaching Through Shared Novel Reading’

Nick Wallace, Director of Curriculum, English Mastery
– Case Study: ‘Pioneering an Innovative, Knowledge-Rich English Curriculum and Delivering it Effectively at Scale’

Athena Pitsillis, Assistant Headteacher, Sandringham School
Dr Becky Taylor, Project Lead and Senior Research Associate, UCL Institute of Education
– Case Study: ‘Developing Evidence-Based Practice to Enhance English Teaching in Mixed-Attainment Classes’
Awarded the 2016 BERA BCF Routledge Curriculum Journal Prize for ‘Best Practice in Mixed-Attainment’ research project

Chaired by Kate Sida-Nicholls, PGCE Course Leader, Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT, and Author, Becoming an Outstanding English Teacher

*There will be interactive Q&A sessions throughout the day, giving delegates the opportunity to engage with speakers and other delegates. You can see the full agenda online.

Register online

Should you feel a colleague would benefit from attending, please feel free to forward this invitation on.

There are limited places remaining; register online or call 0203 770 6580. For further information or assistance with booking, please call or email enquiries@insidegovernment.co.uk