English Drama Media

Professional journal for secondary teachers and everyone involved in the teaching of English, drama and media. Promotes dynamic approaches to curriculum and pedagogy, and keeps the profession in touch with national debates and developments.

Articles from No. 11, June

Can Less Be More? the Renewed Framework for English: Simon Gibbons Explains the Recently Published Renewed Framework for English, and Raises Some Issues about the Model of Progression It Promotes and Its Relationship with the National Curriculum
Curriculum Junk(ie) What with it being nearly a year since the National Curriculum rewrite was completed, a whole four months before new A Level specifications kick in, and the all new improved GCSE with added functional skills postponed until 2010,...
Common Culture: Diversity and Power in English/drama/media Classrooms: Jonothan Neelands Argues That the Multi-Cultural Classroom Must Give Access to the Culture of Power-That Recognition of Cultural Difference Must Be Accompanied by Redistribution of Cultural Resources
Five hours of culture Under the title of Find Your Talent the government has announced its plans to ensure that every child has access to five hours of cultural activity a week (DCMS/DCSF 2007). Interestingly it is assumed that in Key Stage 1-3...
Curriculum Change in the Four Countries of the UK
Major curriculum change continues in all four countries of the UK. New National Curricula are launched in England, Wales and Scotland this year, and the new National Curriculum continues to be implemented in phases in Northern Ireland. All countries...
'Diving into a Place You Don't Know'
Poetry in schools: A survey of practice 2006/07: Ofsted (2007) Published late last year, Ofsted's 'Poetry in schools: A survey of practice 2006/07' contains few real surprises for NATE members and yet it is pleasing to see that the inspectors have...
Editorial
Joan Goody and the multi-cultural classroom This edition of English Drama Media--the last of three devoted to the theme of English and cultural diversity--is dedicated to Joan Goody, who died in February this year. Joan was a longstanding, active...
English 3-11
English 3-11 A Guide for Teachers David Waugh and Wendy Joliffe, David Fulton / Routledge, 2008, 18.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-84312-6 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A book on the teaching of English which gives teachers guidance...
English in the News: Tom Rank Surveys Media Coverage of English
It's official: doctors show that reading is good for you. Just flicking over this page in the search for something more worthy improves motor skills--though perhaps not as much as when you were two. The Guardian reported Boston University's Professor...
Let Them Read Comics: Some Graphic Novels for Younger and Older Readers: Carol Fox Argues That Graphic Novels Can Offer a Profound Literary Experience, and Introduces Some Powerful and Challenging Texts Which Tackle Multicultural Themes
In the last couple of decades comic books or graphic novels have flowered into a serious literary and artistic medium. Writers like Marjane Satrapi, Joe Sacco, Art Spiegelman, Raymond Briggs, Shaun Tan and Dr Seuss, to name but a few, have extended...
Literacy and Social Inclusion: Closing the Gap
Literacy and Social Inclusion: Closing the gap Eve Bearne and Jackie Marsh, Trentham Books, 2007, 17.99[pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-85856-389-3 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'How do you know if you are socially included?' (or, by implication,...
Meeting the Needs of Your Most Able Pupils: English
Meeting the Needs of Your Most Able Pupils: English Erica Glew, Routledge, 2007, 18.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-84312-261 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I should confess that I've always had difficulties with the notion of 'gifted...
Primary Briefing: Simon Wrigley Reflects on Recent Trends in Government Policy on Reading in Primary Schools. Simon Wrigley Is an Ex-Chair of NATE and a Member of the NATE Secondary Committee
Statistics--and inconvenient truths We have got used to 'Every Child Matters'; now this year we have 'Every Child a Reader'; next year we will get 'Every Child Counts'. You can see a pattern emerging, can't you? And what does this litany of platitudes...
Remembering Slavery in Wales: English, the Slave Trade and the Curriculum Cymreig: Chris Stephens and Lorna Herbert Egan Give Accounts of Two Welsh Projects Exploring Slavery in Wales in English Lessons-A Rich Combination of English, History and Citizenship Focusing on Evidence from Wales's Multicultural Past
As reported in Issue 3 of EDM in January 2005, there is a strong emphasis currently in the Welsh education system on developing, across the curriculum, both 'The Curriculum Cymreig'--aspects of the curriculum that are concerned with the culture, environment,...
Special Pleading? Keith Davidson Looks at What's 'Fair' in Language Examinations
'English speakers "must have fair deal" in language exams 'Heads say that children who speak other languages at home are at an advantage' (Jo Revill, The Observer, February 10, 2008) The Observer report is of an initiative in the Girls School Association...
Teaching Secondary English with ICT
Teaching Secondary English with ICT Edited by Anthony Adams and Sue Brindley, Open University Press, 2007, 19.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 0-335-21444-4 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This a book to have on the shelf of the English Department....
The French Connection: Keith Davidson Looks across the Channel
'More and more pupils have difficulties in reading and writing correctly. A casualty of the image culture? Of social inequality? Of teaching methods?' This article is meant to reassure. It's not just us! The usual suspects appear in a feature on...
The Literacy Game: The Story of the National Literacy Strategy
The Literacy Game: the story of the national literacy strategy John Stannard and Laura Huxley, foreword by Michael Barber, Routledge, London, 2007 ISBN 978-0-415-41701-3 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is an important book but not...
The Pleasures of Multi-Culturalism: How Children Learn Better in Multi-Cultural Classrooms: Louisa Neuburger Argues That, as English Teachers, We Need to Be Responsive to the Way in Which Our Students Can Learn from Each Other's Cultures and Experiences If We Are to Exploit the Potential of the Multicultural Classroom
Prologue: a conversation Let me start by describing a scene to you. We are in a classroom in a girls' school in Hackney. It's period two on a Friday morning, a time when some of the Year 8 pupils come for an extra reading class to improve their...
The Teacher's Guide to Grammar
The Teacher's Guide to Grammar Deborah Cameron Oxford University Press, 2007, 10.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN: 978-0199214488 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is a book which 'sets out to help teachers feel more secure in their knowledge,...
Visual Approaches to Teaching Writing: Multimodal Literacy 5-11
Visual Approaches to Teaching Writing: Multimodal Literacy 5-11 Eve Bearne and Helen Wolstencroft Paul Chapman Publishers, 2007, 19.99[pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-4129-3034-5 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Described by Jackie Marsh...
Voices across Borders: Devolving English Literature in Schools: Gary Snapper Gives an Account of the Experience of Teaching Scottish and African Literature in the International Baccalaureate, Arguing That the Teaching of Literature Should Pay Greater Attention to Issues of Literature, Culture and Politics
MacMoliere and the Barbarians As I write, I have ringing in my ears the witty metrics, wry anachronisms and sharp Scots dialect of Theatre Babel's production of Liz Lochhead's Educating Agnes (2008), her latest adaptation of a Moliere play (L'Ecole...
Writing Together: Nick Owen Provides a Series of Snapshots of Writers Working in Schools as Part of the NAWE Writing Together Programme
"Mr Torpey Nick Sir!": Tony at De La Salle High School Tony, a professional animation artist has entered a classroom of De La Salle Secondary School in Liverpool and greets a teacher who is about to introduce him to the class he is about to work...