Lead Practitioner of English support page

A very warm welcome to NATE’s new web-page dedicated to the interests of Lead Practitioners of English. We aim to provide support and collaboration opportunities for this new and increasingly high-profile role within English teaching.

The only career structure role linked to teaching and learning leadership was the previous Advanced Skills Teacher role, abolished in 2013. The Chartered Teacher schemes, including the relatively new model created by The Chartered College of Teaching, are recognitions and not designations or direct career paths. The Lead Practitioner is a relatively new role in England, its status confirmed by recognition on the DfE web site. The LP role across the main curriculum subjects is identified with varying names and responsibilities. It seems generally to be a role in MATs i.e. where the post holder can work across schools.

The site is in its early stages so we would be very pleased to hear your suggestions for what we should include. Contact Andy Goodwyn, NATE Research Lead, at  a.c.goodwyn@reading.ac.uk 


Can you tell NATE about your role and how we can support you?

The National Association for the Teaching of English is keen to understand what this new role entails for the post holders and the English teachers they work with, and is looking to support such important subject leaders. The Institute for Research in Education at The University of Bedfordshire is undertaking research on NATE’s behalf.

So we are keen to talk to you and hear about your experiences. All conversation will be over the telephone or interactive media such as Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams and will be conducted at the most convenient time for you.
If you are interested in these opportunities or have any questions then please email NATE’s Research Lead, Andy Goodwyn at a.c.goodwyn@reading.ac.uk
Fuller details of the project can then be supplied to you.

The Pleasure and Pains of English teaching: an investigation into the quality of professional life.

The Professional lives of English Teachers Project

NATE seeks the views of experienced teachers about their current professional lives as English Teachers. We believe English remains one of the fundamentally important subjects for all students in all schools and that the voices of its teachers should be heard and taken seriously by policy makers, educational leaders and others. We are aiming to learn what has kept teachers enjoying their teaching of English when working in difficult times. We expect to hear about the many challenges of the job but also how colleagues have maintained their resilience and commitment. We are therefore asking for volunteers to take part in this project and to ‘have your say’ about your professional career so far and your hopes and aspirations for the future. We appreciate how busy you are and how valuable your time is. One reason we appreciate this is that the research team have all taught extensively in schools and currently work in the field of English in Education in a variety of roles; the research is being conducted in the UK, Australia and USA between March and July 2020. All interviews will be over the telephone or interactive media such as Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams and will be conducted at the most convenient time for you.

For further details, please email NATE’s Research Officer Andy Goodwyn on a.c.goodwyn@reading.ac.uk