The Art Party August 23

Join ‘The Art Party’?

The Art Party is a film by artist Bob and Roberta Smith and Tim Newton. It was released this week nationally and has had a good deal of publicity – a Today programme interview, newspaper features, etc.. The cinema release was limited but high profile, partly through Picturehouse and it had a big bash at […]

Park View ET August 15

Trojan Linguistics: Underneath the headlines at Park View

A huge amount has been written over the last few months about alleged religious extremism among a group of schools in Birmingham – much of it nonsense, some of it deranged, very little that is insightful. And it is no surprise given that the whole affair played into the dispute between the Department for Education […]

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Common ground, global reach: CEE and IFTE conference, July 2015, New York

The fourth combined Conference on English Education (CEE) and International Federation ¬†for the Teaching of English (IFTE) conference takes place at Fordham University in New York from 5th to 8th July, 2015, almost fifty years after the foundatjon of IFTE and its first conference in Dartmouth, New Hampshire. IFTE is an umbrella association of the […]

TransformingTeacherEdproofcover August 01

‘Transforming Teacher Education’ – ms. complete!

Finally, after a lot of rewriting, the thing is done. Jane is on holiday somewhere in southern Spain and not responding to my texts. So while she bakes, I sweat on. Thanks, Jane ;) The book has to some extent written itself as it is reporting on the research we have been engaged in for […]

Bob Bibby July 25

Bob Bibby 1942 – 2014

Bob Bibby, former Chair of the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) and English Advisor for the West Midlands borough of Dudley, died on June 6th. Another former Chair of NATE, Shona Walton, has written an obituary on the NATE website here. Bob interviewed me for my first job as an English teacher […]

Young Gove July 16

Exit, pursued by a bear

Early yesterday morning Michael Gove, the Education Secretary for England, was officially sacked. OK, officially he was ‘reshuffled’, moved to another job, given opportunities to sustain a high media profile; it was a ‘wrench’ not a demotion. Blah, blah, blah. But, heck, he was given the boot and there is no denying it. Hard. Where […]

SideAveryHall July 09

Alma Mater

When I was 19, I saw a poster in the hallway of the English Department at Warwick University. It was a type of poster I had never seen before: it was smaller than the average A4 poster and it had a block of cards attached to it that you could tear off and send away. […]

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