Miltonic Vision Part I: Trivium 21C, Threshold concepts and the power of ‘powerful knowledge’

A few years ago, at my previous school, I taught Milton’s Paradise Lost for the first time. Whilst I had read some of the early books in my first year at university, I never managed to complete the poem and I certainly didn’t think I knew it. The thought of teaching such as challenging textContinue reading “Miltonic Vision Part I: Trivium 21C, Threshold concepts and the power of ‘powerful knowledge’”

The Elements of Language: what we are using in place of levels

In my last post I blogged about our department’s plans for a new KS3 English curriculum, which we are looking to phase in gradually starting this coming September. This curriculum change is part of a wider set of reforms, in part a response to the shifting national picture, but in the main the result ofContinue reading “The Elements of Language: what we are using in place of levels”

Now is the time for English curriculum redesign

This post is about the draft of our new KS3 English curriculum and the rationale behind its construction. My next post will explain how this curriculum fits in with the method of assessment we have devised to replace the largely ineffectual SATS levels. It will effectively form the third part of my series about theContinue reading “Now is the time for English curriculum redesign”

There is a place for multiple choice in English – Part II

In my last blog I laid out the background to my thinking around the use of multiple choice as an assessment tool in English. My focus is on its use as a formative vehicle, in particular its application to the teaching of reading. To this end I have been experimenting with setting regular multiple choiceContinue reading “There is a place for multiple choice in English – Part II”

Is there a place for multiple-choice in English? Part I

This is a blog about my experience of using multiple-choice questions as a form of formative assessment in English. It will be split into three parts. This initial post lays out my present thinking around the format and how I think it could be of use to teachers. In the next few days I wellContinue reading “Is there a place for multiple-choice in English? Part I”