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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 February, 2005, 02:12 GMT
Views sought on English teaching
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English provokes "strong views" the QCA says
People are being asked for their views on how English should be taught in schools in England.

The curriculum authority, QCA, wants to know how English lessons "might need to change to embrace new thinking, priorities and technologies".

Its chief executive, Ken Boston, said any discussion about English teaching generated strong views.

"We want to hear those views," he said, launching the English 21 consultation.

The QCA wants people to consider such things as:

  • the place of creativity and imagination
  • how much emphasis there should be on the "nuts and bolts" of language
  • the impact of the digital age on reading and writing
  • the significance of English as a "global language"
  • what all children should study and what might be optional, especially for those over 14
  • what tests will be best for students in 2015.
The Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, said he backed the initiative.

It was, he said, "a vital conversation".

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