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. 18, October

Aloft! Jamie Kirkaldy, an English Teacher Involved with a First Story School Residency, Describes the Experience of the Project, from Writing Workshops to Publication of the Group Anthology
Most English teachers are, at some level, frustrated writers. We spend our lives surrounded by the written word, by literature great and small, and it's inevitable that sooner or later we'll wonder what it'd be like to have a go ourselves. Just as...
Arvon Calling: The Education Work of the Arvon Foundation-Working with Students and Teachers outside School
The Arvon Foundation is a leading creative writing organisation which runs a number of residential centres for intensive creative writing workshops. Emma Johnson, development manager at the Arvon Foundation, introduces the work that the foundation...
'Bright Star': '... All Ye Need to Know'? What Is the 'Context' of a Poem? Keith Davidson Has Been Re-Reading Keats
'Context' is writ large in the objectives of the current English subject criteria for AS and A level and of the new GCSE criteria, variously invoked and weighted in such terms as: * contextual factors in the production and reception of texts, personal,...
British Library: Evolving Englishes
Evolving Englishes, a major new exhibition about the evolution of the English language, is to be launched at the British Library in November, running until April, together with an extensive programme of educational events. NATE's annual conference...
Editorial
Regular readers of Peter Bradshaw's film reviews in The Guardian may have read his recent review of the Julia Roberts vehicle Eat Pray Love. The film garnered just one star (out of five)--and Bradshaw aficionados will know that that usually signals...
Exploring Fandom: Teaching Narrative Writing through Fanfiction: Fay Jessop Argues for the Place of Fanfiction in the Writing Curriculum, and Suggests That Getting Students to Write Fanfiction Removes Some of the Fear of Original Writing, Whilst Giving Status to Their Own Interests in Reading and Viewing
Since the birth of the mainstream internet in the mid 1990s, 'fanfiction'--in which writers take the already established form of a favourite book, television programme, film or other creative product such as a computer game, and create their own narratives...
First, Story: The Education Work of First Story-Working with Students and Teachers in School
First Story is a charity which sends writers into state schools to work with groups of teachers and students over an extended period of time. Katie Waldegrave, executive director of First Story, introduces the charity's work with schools. Seven...
Fontana Vecchia: D.H. Lawrence in Sicily: Keith Davidson Visited Sicily This Year and Went in Search of D.H. Lawrence
The writer D H Lawrence rented the top floor of a house 'out of town' from Taormina, Sicily, 1920-1922: Fontana Vecchia, on the slopes of the mountain above the town. It is now divided into two with but a patch of garden each and isolated in a dusty...
From the Editor's Desk
By far the most enjoyable things to cross my desk in recent weeks have been two excellent sets of DVDs of live performances of plays--from Shakespeare's Globe and from the Greenwich Theatre signalling the fact that we have finally entered the era of...
"I'm Working It Out," Said John: An Active Learning Approach to Mastering Punctuation: John Atkinson Describes How He Changed His Practice in the Teaching of Punctuation, Including Active Learning Approaches and Improving Students' Learning by Making It Fun
I didn't know how to use punctuation. When I was at school, it didn't matter. What was far more important was writing an exciting story or emotive description, but the mechanics of writing didn't really crop up. When I came into teaching, all the talk...
Media News
The Media Education Association will hold a major Media Literacy Conference on the 19th and 20th November this year, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster. Jointly organised by the MEA and the Centre for the Study of Children,...
Media Studies: English in the News
Don't be a hater, Emma. Chillax, blood. The status of teachers must be rising in these straitened times, as we learn to appreciate what really matters in life isn't, after all, money. (We aren't after all going to have much of that anyway, unless...
Michael Gove, Miss Havisham and the Centre for Policy Studies
Shortly before the last edition of EDM (June), the new coalition announced that QCDA was to be abolished imminently, leaving the future of curriculum and examination development in England unclear. Little is any clearer yet, though the government made...
NATE Briefing
NATE Conference 2011: Evolving English NATE's Annual Conference for English teachers and others in the English community will be held in 2011 at the British Library in London, and at the nearby Camden Centre, from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th February....
State of the Nation: British Theatre since 1945
State of the Nation: British Theatre Since 1945 Michael Billington Faber, 2009, 12.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0571210497 The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Theatre Simon Shepherd Cambridge University Press, ...
Too Good to Be True? Krys Kotylo, a Teacher Involved with the Arvon Education Project Writing the Game, Describes His Experience Working with the Foundation
Has anyone ever told you that 'if something sounds like it's too good to be true, it almost certainly will be'? Two years ago, I received the following message from our Local Authority Consultant: 'The Arvon Foundation are offering a free, week-long...
Writing from A to U: Questions about Writing across the 16-19 Transition: John Hodgson and Ann Harris Argue That We Need to Develop a Fuller Understanding of Students' Writing as They Move from A-Level to University, and Ask Readers to Help
The quality of students' writing concerns teachers at all levels of education. Studies in higher education have recently raised questions about the relation of students' academic literacies, especially writing, to the culture and pedagogy of the university...
Writing: Unfinished Business? Back to Finding out What Actually Works in Teaching Writing: John Dixon, Author of the Seminal Growth through English (1967), Traces the History of Research into Student Writing and Suggests a Post-Strategy Return to a Developmental Model
Tracing development: a new problematic of the Sixties In a sense it's obvious that during the years of schooling (and beyond) each of us traces a path of development, as participants in discussion, as writers, viewers, readers and producers--as...