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. 10, February

A Passing Fancy: Much Ado about 'Pass Standards' in the Annual Results Fuss-Keith Davidson Deconstructs the Golden-Age Syndrome
Pass/Fail 'Pass/'fail was officially abandoned way back in another century. Everybody gets a grade, unless you're absolutely hopeless and discreetly deleted--'U'. But this was compromised from the start. The O Level grade C was set at the old Pass...
'Complacence': Keith Davidson Looks at 'The Significance of English as a Global Language'
We are now nearing the end of the period where native speakers can bask in their privileged knowledge of the global lingua franca. (David Graddol, 2006) From time to time the QCA flags up the significance of English as a global language, and that's...
Daring to Engage: Transforming Lives through Shakespeare: The Inspirational London Shakespeare Workout Seeks to Transform the Lives of Prisoners through Engagement with Shakespeare. Its Director Bruce Wall Here Gives an Account of the Work of LSW and Reflects on the Power of Shakespeare 'Done Standing Up'
That day will come, on that stand you will stand See the law's swift word; hear the judge's hand. Ta'en from the dock find judgement in your cell One bar from the next will hold in that hell Boredom; Boredom--Fatigue, Noise and Boredom; Appetite from...
Diversity and English
The main theme of all three editions of EDM this year is English and cultural diversity. In October, our writers explored racism, multiculturalism and world literature in relation to English, and in June we will return to issues of prejudice, ethnicity...
English in the News: Tom Rank Surveys Media Coverage of English
A Window of Opportunity Michael Rosen's poem 'Window of Opportunity' in the Guardian was a Christmas treat, but, before that, there were plenty of other opportunities for English teachers to be amused, amazed, bewildered--or just floored. The...
English, Language, Diversity: Creative Opportunities in the New National Curriculum Orders
Julie Blake and Tim Shortis take a positive view of the new orders for English at KS3 and KS4, suggesting that they have the potential to support a curriculum which reflects and is characterised by the textual, linguistic and modal diversity of English....
Enriching English: Refreshing the English Curriculum through Personalised Learning: Geoff Dean Argues That English Needs to Grasp the Opportunities Offered by Moves towards Personalised Learning to Challenge Fixed Practices and Bring the Subject Alive for All
Education in the 21st century should provide young learners with a microcosm of the best of society: a safe, healthy environment in which to acquire the skills, values and attributes to operate effectively and successfully in the home, society, education...
GCSE, BTEC, Functional Skills and Diplomas
GCSE coursework is to be replaced, in courses beginning in 2009, with 'controlled assessments' to be done under supervised conditions; in some subjects the amount of assessment by examination will increase. Following pressure from the Media Education...
If Shakespeare Were Alive Today: A Cartoon Strip: David Belbin Introduces a Shakespearean Cartoon Strip in Which the BBC Brings Shakespeare to the 21st Century Via the Tardis. the Strip Was Created by David Belbin and Brick (John Clark) and Is Reproduced on the Next Page
Belbin and Brick: the background In 1981, I got my first post-university job. On my way to work in Nottingham's run down Lace Market, I used to pass a ground floor office where I'd see a tall figure at his drawing board. A notice in the window said...
Reading and Writing
The National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency are leading the National Year of Reading, which was officially launched at Downing St in January. National events in schools will run from April. For more information and resources see www.yearofreading.org.uk....
Shakespeare on Film: Viewing Shakespeare Inside the Classroom and Out: Sarah Martindale Outlines the Results of a Survey of Students' Experience of Shakespeare in Film and Popular Culture Both as Part of the Teaching of English in Schools, and outside the Classroom
Cultural mobility My educational background has turned me into something of a cultural omnivore. As an English literature undergraduate I studied everything from Beowulf to Brick Lane, while at postgraduate level I turned my attention to film. In...
Simon Wrigley Examines the Renewed Primary Literacy Framework. Simon Is an English Adviser in Buckinghamshire and Ex-Chair of NATE
The Renewed Framework On the front cover of the Renewed Primary Literacy Framework there are three boys--all apparently left-handed. However, closer inspection reveals that the image has been printed back to front (the clue is in the mirror-writing...
Stand Up for Shakespeare: An RSC Manifesto for Shakespeare in Schools: Jacqui O'Hanlon Introduces the RSC's New Manifesto Advocating Performance-Based Approaches to the Teaching of Shakespeare. the Manifesto Is Published in Full on the Following Pages
Time for Change In September 2006, the RSC's Education Department launched a year long campaign called Teaching Shakespeare--Time for Change. The campaign had been born out of a concern that many young people, and their teachers, were being turned...
Stand Up for Shakespeare: Do It on Your Feet See It Live Start It Earlier
"My dad said Shakespeare was boring, but he's got it wrong! I'm gonna tell him about Hamlet. It's got murders and ghosts and castles and stuff and that's not boring. What are we doing next?" (Ben, age 8, Stokeinteignhead Primary School, Devon after...
Tales from the Edinburgh Fringe
Like many of performers at the Edinburgh fringe last summer, I was a school leaver. The only difference was that rather than anxiously awaiting A Level results, I was anxiously awaiting a pension--and leaving behind for good a teaching career of a...
Tests and Standards
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A two-year trial of a new testing system in English and Maths began in December in 484 schools in 10 local authorities. The tests, for 7 to 14-year olds, will target a single NC level and crucially do not assess Shakespeare,...
The Best Possible Shakespeare: Playing Shakespeare at Shakespeare's Globe: Fiona Banks Discusses Globe Education's Playing Shakespeare Education Project Which Provides the Opportunity for Thousands of Students to See a Play at Shakespeare's Globe Free
A question of access If you are reading this, the chances are that you have a love of, or at least a very strong interest in, Shakespeare. You are likely to be a regular theatregoer; to have seen a range of productions of Shakespeare's plays, at...
The Comfort Zone and Beyond: Film Education and CP3: David Smith Reflects on Film Education's CP3 Conference for Teachers Which He Attended in 2005, and the Way in Which It Has Changed His and His School's Practice
I started getting interested in using film in education about four years ago. Back then a student on the AVCE art course that I was teaching had decided to produce a modern day reworking of the Keats' poem Isabella and The Pot of Basil. She looked...
The New English a Level: Further Thoughts on the New 2008 Specifications: Barbara Bleiman Offers a Practical Perspective on the New A Level Specifications in English Literature and English Language & Literature, Aiming to Contribute Further to English Departments' Decision-Making Process
The NATE Post-16 Committee's feature on the new A Level specifications for 2008 in the last edition of EDM was a welcome addition to discussions about what the specifications have to offer, summarising, at an early stage, some of the key changes within...

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