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Teaching poetry from different cultures and traditions can be a challenge. This programme explores the enthusiasm and ideas of the English department of Westwood College, a secondary modern in Kent which has recently emerged from Special Measures.
Kelly McGlinn and her colleagues reflect on the school's homogenous, suburban environment, the effect of 11-plus failure on their pupils and their departmental take on teaching and learning styles.
There is much enthusiasm when it comes to the value of studying literature from different cultures and their own emotional involvement in the subject itself, as opposed to the demands of "teaching to the exam". Pupils give their own thoughts on the value they see in poetry and the effectiveness of different teaching styles.
Part of the series: Secondary Management