Pedagogies for Sixth Form English Literature Teaching – a Knowledge Exchange Day


From 10am until 4:30pm

At Department for Education, University of Oxford, Seminar Room A

This day is a chance to bring together teachers of sixth form literature with researchers in Education and English departments in universities. There are two points to the day: disseminating current research in sixth form literary pedagogy, and engaging in dialogue between teachers and researchers to see what YOU want to be researched in this area - what needs to be done, and what would help.

                English education research, particularly pedagogical research, concentrates heavily on the teaching of younger pupils; this day will bring together in dialogue those who research and would benefit from research in post-16 pedagogical literature research. It's a time of change - the new A levels and the change of the school leaving age both bring challenges for the sixth form English teacher. Great leaps forward have been made in bringing education research to teachers, but subject specific research is arguably of more relevance at A level.

                The day will have presentations of research on post 16 English Literature teaching, interspersed with sessions of small group discussions chaired by English Teachers from within the Oxford Education Deanery schools, followed by plenary discussion.


We aim to:

- discuss the match/mismatch between practitioner needs regarding teaching methods for post 16 English and what needs researching

- provide a forum for practitioners and researcher to set an agenda for future research

- establish channels for sustained Knowledge Exchange between English academics, English Education academics, and post-16 teachers

- form a network of researchers and practitioners interested in the teaching of English Literature 16-18


The day is free, and lunch and coffee will be provided. Registration is essential however. Please contact Preference will be given to teachers in Oxfordshire in the first instance.


This day is being co-hosted by the Forum for English Drama and Media, and the Oxford Education Deanery. It is funded by the ESRC IAA Knowledge Exchange fund at the University of Oxford

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