NATE’s annual conference is going to be a stoatir this year as the Association hosts the International Federation for the Teaching of English. Teachers of English from all across the world will gather in Birmingham to share research, ideas and practice (including Leanne Welsh and Raymond Soltysek from SATE on responding to literature).
The conference is always inspirational: you can read some reactions to it in earlier posts to this blog, and on SATE’s previous blogsite here. It never fails to enthuse, and the opportunities to meet with and chat with (and drink with) other teachers are not to be missed.
Sign up for conference here. Bear in mind that because of the benefits of the conference, it is always possible that your school or authority will cover at least part of the cost of attending and cover for your classes; if you don’t ask, you won’t get!
And to help with travel costs, you can join the SATE bus! We’ll be taking a people carrier all the way to Birmingham and back, leaving on the afternoon of Thursday 21st and returning on the 24th of June. The cost of sharing the transport hire and petrol is significantly less than a return train journey, taxis, etc., and the company isn’t bad either!
Email us at email@example.com if you’d like to join us!
SATE are currently rearranging Kenny Pieper’s SATE seminar “There’s more to life than books…but not much more” at Larbert High School, which was one of the casualties of the Beast from the East! Those who booked the previous event on the 28th of February will be contacted as soon as possible and offered a refund or a ticket at for the new date at the end of May. Thwack out for SATE on Twitter for details if you’d like to come along.
We are also delighted to announce that Simon Wrigley will be doing a seminar for us on Teacher Writing: Research and Practice. Simon is the director of the National Writing Project, will talk about what his research into the importance of teachers who write has shown and doing some practical exercises which can inform classroom practice. The date for this is the 19th of June, and the venue will be a Glasgow school. Pencil in the date!
Finally, Lisa Hamilton has announced a programme of dates for the Glasgow branch of the National Writing Project. Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and come along to a (free) meeting soon!
April 25th – Drygate Brewing Co. 86 Drygate, Glasgow G40UT
May 30th – Thornwood Primary School, 11 Thornwood Avenue, Glasgow, G117TW
June 18th – Thornwood Primary (with Simon Wrigley)…
Meetings will start at 5pm.
Hope to see you all soon.
On the 20th of April, new arrangements to update the Higher English course specification to match changes made in National 5 last session will go live. You can find them from the SQA website here or download them from the attachment to this post below.