Latest News – November 2014

Dear LATE colleagues,

We are sure that the term so far has been busy, frantic and no let up on your return after half-term!

We would like to give you prior warning about upcoming LATE events for your diary.

Friday 28th November 2014 from 5 – 6.30pm in the Drama Studio, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL. Free. Coffee/tea available on arrival.

Myra Barrs and Sarah Horrocks will give feedback on their latest research which explores students writing blogs and its effect on their writing. We have opted for scheduling this on Friday 28th from 5 – 6.30 pm in the hope that attending the lecture and the Q & A session afterwards at a central venue such as the Institute of Education will allow you to plan a night out or some late night shopping! The event is free and presented with DARE (Digital Arts Research Education)as a Harold Rosen memorial lecture – you may want to look at the DARE website. To help us keep a track of numbers we ask you to book using EventBrite so that we have an indication of numbers.

National Theatre – a joint conference in November or December – date to be confirmed any day now!

You may have noticed that the National Theatre has undergone a transformation. They have new spaces aimed specifically at being of use for education. Jane Ball is their Secondary Education Officer and is arranging a conference with LATE to introduce their new spaces and education work to London teachers. Jane will do a short introduction and then there will be the opportunity to participate in two out of three workshops. One will concentrated on ‘From the page to the stage’ – how novels are turned into play; another will focus on playwriting and the NT’s programme for participating schools to give their students the opportunity to work with a playwright and the third workshop will look at their archive of films and how schools can visit in order to view clips from previous productions as well as archive material linked with the production. This will give you an insight into how you could use the NT as a resource for your school as well as creative ideas for the classroom. The cost will be £20 for teachers and £10 for PGCE students or other concessions. Due to the lack of facilities for providing lunch no lunch will be provided but the South Bank is not short of places to find a snack! Tea and coffee will be available.

Saturday 28th March 2015: We are planning a big poetry conference on this day at the Institute of Education. We will work with the Poetry Society to have live poets and to have a range of publishes and other groups to display books and resources. We are also interested in teachers presenting successful work they have done round poetry – you can either offer a full hour workshop or a presentation of 15 minutes. If you are interested in sharing your work on poetry on the day, please contact Morlette Lindsay at to register your interest.

More dates and events will be published soon – our annual joint conference with the BfI will be in the Summer of 2015 as a change this year/

We also like to refer you to other worthwhile CPD events or organisations you can make use of in your teaching. The British Library’s Gothic Exhibition, Terror and Wonder, has just opened and will be running till 20th January 2015. They are offering a range of workshops which are selling out fast but you can also book to do an independent visit, these have to be booked though in order to regulate numbers in the galleries. Do look at the website – there is a free podcast with Charlie Higson talking about vampires. It is worthwhile subscribing to the BL e newsletter so that you are kept up to date with events – the beauty of it is that there are many online opportunities without the hard work of organising a trip. For example, a new addition to their educational website, called Discovering Literature, is specifically aimed at secondary and undergraduate students. They are really keen for teachers to use this and to give them feedback on it use in the classroom. If you would like to give feedback on this contact their education officer Ria Bartlett at

You may also be interested in CPD days run for secondary students at the BfI on the South Bank, below are three courses from their 2014/15 programme as well as the contact details of Christina James, their education programmer. If you contact her, we would be grateful if you said it was because of the LATE link as we would like to establish if this is fruitful route of passing on information.

Sci-Fi on Film Yesterday’s Futures for KS3 & 4 English Tue 11 November 2014

Steinbeck on Screen Of Mice and Men GCSE Study Day Fri 12 December 2014

Harper Lee on Screen  To Kill a Mockingbird GCSE Study Day Thu 26 Feb 2015

Christine James / Education Programmer, Schools and FE / Education / BFI Southbank / Belvedere Rd / London SE1 8XT
dir line: 020 7849 4485 /

Finally, remember LATE is the London branch of NATE, the National Association for the Teaching of English. Do check out the NATE website and subscribe for their newsletter which will also keep you abreast of events regarding English matters. NATE has membership for individuals as well as schools, so check their membership page. They now have a monthly DD payment scheme for membership, including free for trainee teachers with the option of starting payment in your NQT year with a reduced rate.

Our best wishes for the rest of this eventful autumn term – make sure you also check out the English and Media Centre website for everything from useful blogs keeping you up to speed with the rapid changes in policy regarding English, as well as their CPD offers.

The LATE Committee