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Before you drop everything at the end of term to enjoy a well-earned rest, we'd like to bring you the latest news about our 2012 Conference. Just time to get in your request for support from your school or other institution before the holiday? Don't leave it too late!
We've also news of yet more top-quality resources, this time on grammar - better still, they're free for members!
The highlight of the English education calendar takes place in York from Friday June 29 to Sunday July 1. It's NATE Conference 2012 on English: the subject of discussion at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel which is located in the heart of the city on the banks of the River Ouse. York is celebrating its 800th anniversary as a city and will be buzzing with various festival activities.
The line up of speakers is as impressive as ever: former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion (whose sequel to Treasure Island has just been published), Professor of Modern English Language Ronald Carter, award-winning author Meg Rosoff, Royal Shakespeare Company's Director of Education Jacqui O'Hanlon and the co-founder of NATE's National Writing Project Simon Wrigley. There are 20 workshops, 30 seminars, a research strand, a publishers' exhibition as well as social events.
Don't miss the boat!
To be guaranteed accommodation at the conference venue, you must book by midday on Thursday 31st May. Any unreserved rooms left at this time and date will be released back to the hotel. This summer, York has a festival celebrating its 800th anniversary so it is likely that these rooms will be sold to the general public.
To find out more, visit the Conference web page, where you can see full details, download the booking form and even book online. Of course you can also use snail mail or the phone if you wish to talk to a real NATE person. (You'll meet many more in York!)
Looking for interesting, relevant and well-resources materials to help your students with grammar? NATE has some brand-new materials on the the website. Designed for Year 8 classes, they are the work of the team for the Grammar for Writing research project at the University of Exeter: Debra Myhill, Helen Lines and Annabel Watson. Each scheme provides an extensive, detailed and flexible set of resources for a four week unit of work.
The three schemes are focused on 'Fiction', 'Argument' and 'Poetry'. They are free to download by NATE members from the Members' area, or available for non-members through the NATE Bookshop. If you haven't joined NATE, or renewed your subscription, here's yet another reason to do so. Find out more here.
In case you've missed the details of the latest report on English, published this month by Ofsted, there are links to both the report and some commentary on the NATE site. The Chief Inspector said it's not good enough - but is his understanding of the maths correct? Take a look here to keep informed. As always, keep an eye on the site for the latest English news on the NATE site. You can also follow NATE (NATEfeed) on Twitter!
This free session on Saturday 26th May at the British Library will focus on teachers as writers and include free entry to the exhibition Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands. See to the event page on the British Library site on how to register your interest.
Enjoy your Easter holiday!
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