Reviewing, Renewing and Refreshing Your English Curriculum
Ofsted’s renewed interest in the curriculum has prompted many schools to look again at their curriculum offer. Of particular concern is the quality, breadth and depth of the English Curriculum. So, what curriculum delivers an enriching and empowering experience for students, but also prepares them appropriately for success in their exams?
Paul Clayton, Director of the National Association for the Teaching of English, explores this issue in this intensive, interactive and practical day of training intended for anyone involved in designing the English Curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4. By the end of the day, delegates will have the knowledge and skills to review their own English curricula, and the resources to develop what they offer in ways that inspire students and help secure the best outcomes. Topics covered will include:
- the context of the current debate around the curriculum
- The National Curriculum for English: recurring themes and challenges
- A sample of current models
- designing the English Curriculum to cover reading, writing, speaking and listening in exciting and useful ways.
Prior to becoming the Director of the National Association for the Teaching of English, the largest subject association for English in the UK, Paul Clayton taught for almost thirty years. He spent 15 years as a member of various senior leadership teams in a variety of schools facing a range of diverse challenges. In each, he helped to devise successful strategies to drive up standards. Due to his specialism in English, he was often called on to strengthen the performance of English Departments – indeed he worked as a National Strategies English Consultant in Staffordshire, supporting English Subject leaders and their teams. He has also been a visiting university lecturer and a Lead Practitioner for the British Film Institute, specialising in the use of film to boost literacy. He has examined for all the major exam boards for English Language and English Literature, for GCSE, AS and A Level. He has written a number of published study guides and resources, for example Moving Shorts (for the BFI), and coursebooks for English Language A Level and literary texts. He believes in finding practical solutions to the particular challenges that individual schools face, seeking to ensure that innovation and creativity in teaching is not compromised, but ensuring too that strategies have positive impact in driving up results and standards.