Mr Benn and the Anatomy of Extended Writing

  Me and Mr Benn I was born in 1975, and the cult children’s animation Mr Benn was part of my childhood. I must have watched re-runs, since the only series made (which consisted of a paltry 13 episodes) was first aired in 1971. For the uninitiated, Mr Benn employed a recurring plot sequence. TheContinue reading “Mr Benn and the Anatomy of Extended Writing”

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”

Language Across the Curriculum part II: what are the priorities?

In my last blog I tried to flesh out some of the reasons for many teachers’ lack of confidence with all things language – the ‘elephant in the room’ identified by @englishlulu here: http://wp.me/p2BKE4-3Q. I then tried to suggest how a persuasive argument could be constructed that encourages teachers and support staff to make aContinue reading “Language Across the Curriculum part II: what are the priorities?”

Language Across The Curriculum – Part I: Building the Argument

I’ve just read this very good blog wp.me/p3xVUK-f1 by @englishlulu. It highlights for me what is one of the biggest barriers to raising standards of literacy in our schools: teachers’ own lack of confidence with literacy, or rather ‘language’ as I think it can be more helpfully termed. By standards here I don’t mean betterContinue reading “Language Across The Curriculum – Part I: Building the Argument”