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EMC CPD Online: Beyond the Critical Essay – Improving Writing KS3-KS5

Availability
Places available
Price
£45 per place
Location
Online
Duration
2-3.30pm

Have we become too focused on narrow forms of critical writing at KS3 and beyond? Is this narrowing impacting on students’ writing (and reading) development? Are there other and better ways of taking students on the journey towards becoming brilliant writers about texts? This course will address these questions, with some practical suggestions for different approaches and angles. NB: This is a repeat course.

  • Why should we be concerned about a narrow focus on particular forms of critical writing?
  • Introducing alternative and additional approaches, such as journaling, exploratory writing, blogging, creative-critical writing and other kinds of literary critical responses to texts
  • Examples of student writing in these different forms, to demonstrate to teachers (and students) what they offer.

Online, via Zoom. Details of how to join will be sent before the session.

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  • If relevant, course materials will be sent the day before the course in the email with your joining instructions. Please either print these out or have them available on screen during the session.
  • After the session you will receive the PowerPoint presentation, any resources used on the course and a £10 voucher to use against any purchase on www.englishandmedia.co.uk
    • Vouchers can only be redeemed online.
    • Only one voucher can be used per purchase.
    • Vouchers expire after 6 weeks. 
  • A recording of the session will be available for 7 days after the event.

  • This course will be recorded but participants will not be audible or visible.
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Andrew McCallum

Andrew McCallum is Director of the English and Media Centre. Prior to that he ran a PGCE course in secondary English, and previously he taught for 15 years in London schools, spending most of that time at Acland Burghley School in Camden. He holds a doctorate in education, is author of Creativity and Learning in Secondary English (Routledge) and writes regularly for NATE's Teaching English magazine. If asked to name the EMC publication he's most proud of having worked on, it would be a three-way contest between Iridescent Adolescent, Diverse Shorts and Write On.

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Barbara Bleiman

Barbara Bleiman is an education consultant at EMC, co-editor of emagazine and the author of What Matters in English Teaching. She writes blogs and articles about education and has written or co-written many EMC publications for the classroom, including several resources on poetry, novels and language study. Among these are Doing Close Reading, Studying The Handmaid’s Tale, Sight/Unseen Poetry, KS3 Poetry Plus, as well as Curriculum Conversations: Going on an Odyssey. She takes the lead on EMC’s project on group work, ‘It’s Good to Talk’ and has a strong interest in ideas about the curriculum, developing the idea of ‘cultural conversations’ as a challenge to the notion of cultural capital. In 2019 she was awarded the NATE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of English. She is also a Fellow of the English Association. Barbara is the author of two novels, Off the Voortrekker Road and Accidents of Love, and has recently published a collection of short stories, Kremlinology of Kisses.

  • Bookings for this course will close at 8am BST on Friday 26th April, or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner.
  • This course is part of our 2 for 1 offer
    • Book a place on this course and you’ll be sent a voucher code entitling you to book a further place on the same course for a colleague at your school. Your code will be emailed to you as soon as we have received your booking.
    • Please note: bookings for this course close at 8am BST on Friday 26th April. The 2nd free place must be booked before the closing date, so please make sure you give yourself enough time!
    • Your voucher can only be redeemed online and is only eligible against this course.
      (Any issues please email Lucy.)
  • This course must be booked and paid for online. Payment by invoice is not available for this session. Please note: your fee is non-refundable.
  • To book this course you must be signed into one of the following accounts (registering an account first if you need to):
    • UK Educator Admin (purchasing)
    • UK Teacher – Home Address Only
    • UK Private Individual
    • Overseas
  • If you have a UK Educator Standard account you will not be able to book the course. Sign in to your account and add it to your Wishlist. See the list of people able to book courses at your organisation by clicking ‘My Account’, then ‘Our Admin Users’.
  1. Click 'Book now’ (right-hand column).
  2. Add the number of places you need. 
  3. Fill in the names and email addresses of the people attending. To secure your place, please make sure you add the attendee details immediately and checkout within 9 minutes. Otherwise the booking will expire and you will have to begin the process again. The joining information and post-course email will be emailed to both the person booking the course and the attendee.
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  5. Checkout. (Payment by invoice is not available for this session.)
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  7. Once you have booked your place, you will see a screen indicating your order has been successful. You may want to make a note of your order number. The person making the booking and the attendee will also receive an automatic acknowledgement of your booking.
  8. Your email with all the information you need to join the session will be sent out on Monday 29th April. You will be sent a reminder on the day of the course. Please check your junk or promotions folder. Still no luck? Email us.

Cancellation and amendments

  • Afternoon and twilight webinars must be paid for by card at the time of booking.
  • The fee is non-refundable.
  • However, the webinars are recorded. Anyone who books a place on the course will be sent a link to access the recording of the webinar for 7 days following the course, whether or not they were able to attend live.