Remaking English? New website on the history of English teaching in schools
The major research project 'Social Change and English, 1945-1965' has launched a new website as it enters its third and final year. The project is funded by a major grant from the Leverhulme Trust and brings together academics from three institutions, the Institute of Education, King's College London and Brunel University.
The aim of the project is to produce a history of developments in the teaching of English in post-war Britain, through case studies of three London secondary schools chosen because they influenced the way English developed, not only in the UK, but in the Commonwealth, the USA and beyond. The project team has so far conducted valuable oral history interviews with dozens of former teachers and pupils.
The new website http://remakingenglish.org/ is designed to share interim findings, signpost researchers to resources on the history of English teaching and to solicit people’s recollections of teaching or studying English at school in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.