Additional reference: English across the sectors

English across the sectors

Communities of practice

English Association
The English Association has campaigned since 1906 on behalf of the subject at all levels of the education system.

NATE – National Association for the Teaching of English
The National Association for the Teaching of English works largely (but not exclusively) with teachers in primary and secondary education.

English and Media Centre
The English and Media Centre (which derived from the former ILEA Advisory Centre) supports teachers in developing imaginative practice.

National Curriculum online
The National Curriculum is the program that all state schools have to follow. This site explains the background.

Teaching to Learn
In this article for the English Subject Centre newsletter Ros King, Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, argues that undergraduates can learn by teaching in schools and Carolyn Lindsay gives a school teacher’s perspective.

Curriculum 2000: a crisis in English studies?
In this Subject Centre Bulletin article (issue 6) Dr Carol Atherton of Bourne Grammar School, Lincolnshire considers the future of the English ‘A’ Level.


Appendix to English Subject Centre Transition report
Adrian Barlow (formerly Chief examiner for the OCR) provides a useful summary of the impact of Curriculum 2000 on English.

Converse – The Literature Website
An example of an individual university creating a transition site of their own.

Great Expectations : Student Perceptions and Expectations of University English
An abstract for a paper presented by Chris Hopkins and Karen Smith from Sheffield Hallam university which analyses what English Literature/Language A-Level students expect degree-level English to involve.