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BERA Symposium - English in Education: Curriculum and Assessment

This one-day event provides a forum for researchers, teacher-educators and teachers to discuss our current English curriculum and the ways in which the subject is assessed in school and FE/HE contexts.

Event details

It is framed particularly by the alarming decline in the uptake of English at A level and degree level: an issue which begs the question of whether this is in part a consequence of a narrowing of the curriculum and particularly of how the subject is assessed. It is also designed to respond to the recent statement from Amanda Spielman of Ofsted that “too many teachers and leaders have not been trained to think deeply about what they want their pupils to learn and how they are going to teach it,” by offering a forum for teachers and those who work closely with them to discuss how schools can develop curricula and assessment practices which are creative and research-informed. Debates around the divergence of the curriculum from contemporary forms of communication, the concepts of ‘quality’ inherent in the curriculum and the privileging of certain aspects of the subject will all be highly relevant.

Keynote speakers include Cathy Burnett, Professor of Literacy and Education at Sheffield Hallam University.



Abstracts may be for an individual paper, roundtable, symposium or workshop. They should focus on exploring aspects of the curriculum or assessment relevant to the subject of English within any educational phase.

The call for papers is open until Friday 15 February.

Each proposal should provide:

  • a title, up to 25 words
  • a 250 word abstract (excluding references)
  • and up to 5 key words

Please send your proposals to Dr Annabel Watson (a.m.watson@exeter.



£20.00 BERA Student Member
£25.00 BERA Member
£30.00 Student
£35.00 Non Member