English Literature Subject Knowledge Enhancement Network


Beyond reading for pleasure, how many of us spend CPDL time really exploring our subject? When was the last time, for example, a CPDL meeting centred on debating Shakespeare’s greatest villain or picking apart the depiction of a Tragic Hero? Many of us have not had a knowledge refresher since university. Subject knowledge is perhaps the single most valuable tool we have as English teachers, yet we neglect the nurture of it.

As the research-based pendulum swings back towards a knowledge-rich curriculum, President Kennedy TSA is pleased to offer a series of interactive sessions on key periods of English Literature. This is about subject knowledge, not pedagogy.

This programme helps school leaders to;

  • Be confident that teachers are equipped with a subject-rich knowledge refresher
  • Plan and deliver an outstanding and progressive English curriculum, with full awareness of the “whole journey” from Y7-13

Programme Schedule 

Allusions: ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth’ or, in other stories, ‘there was chaos’.

Shakespeare: ‘We know what we are, but know not what we may be.’

Romanticism: ‘Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter’.

Victorian: ‘Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that modify the being.’

Realism: ‘He’s young; he hated war; how should he die? When cruel old campaigners win safe through’

Modernism – Post-modernism: ‘There is man in his entirety, blaming his shoe when his foot is guilty.’

Cost £75

To find out more about this programme, email teachingschool@pks.coventry.sch.uk