1st Edition

The New Newbolt Report
One Hundred Years of Teaching English in England

Edited By

Andrew Green

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after December 2, 2021
ISBN 9780367694586
December 2, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

This book offers a pivotal re-evaluation of English teaching one century on from The Newbolt Report of 1921, responding to this seminal work and exploring its impact on issues and contemporary aims of English teaching today.

Bringing together a range of experts in English higher education, the book provides a 21st century inflection on the enduring issues highlighted by Newbolt’s original report. It examines topics including the demands of assessment, the narrowing of the literary curriculum, the impact of education reform, targets related to social mobility, class and widening participation, as well as broader questions about the function of literature and the arts in education. Chapters also consider issues surrounding the promotion of community cohesion, diversity and how technological advances might reshape literary education.

This unique re-evaluation of the achievements and findings of the Newbolt Commission will be essential reading for those researching English education and the history of education.

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Introduction

David Aldridge

Preface– The New Newbolt

Andrew Green

Part 1: Contexts for Newbolt

Chapter 1 – Contexts for Newbolt: Introduction

Andrew Green

Chapter 2 – The Newbolt Report and its Contexts

Simon Gibbons

Chapter 3 – Colleagues in collaboration: the story behind Newbolt’s Committee

Lorna Smith

Chapter 4 – A Tale of two committees: Newbolt illuminated through the Cox models

Andy Goodwyn

Chapter 5 – Speaking silently: voice poverty and The Newbolt Report

Nicholas McGuinn

Chapter 6 – The ‘Spirit’ of Newbolt: Education, War and Technology

David Adridge

Part 2: Newbolt, Language & Literature

Chapter 7 – Newbolt, Language & Literature: Introduction

Andrew Green

Chapter 8 – ‘Evil habits of speech’ and ‘correct grammar’: a genealogy of language ideologies in Newbolt and contemporary education policy

Ian Cushing and Jen Pye

Chapter 9 – While Waiting for the Poet: Speech and Conversation in The Newbolt Report

Ben Knights

Chapter 10 – The Newbolt Report: The art of the progressive

Bethan Marshall

Chapter 11 – Primum mobile: the genesis of The Newbolt Report

John Hodgson & Ann Harris,

Chapter 12 – Transporting English(ness): The Influence of The Newbolt Report on the Subject of English in Secondary Schools in Australia

Jacqueline Manuel


Part 3: Newbolt and Education

Chapter 13 – Newbolt and Education: Introduction

Andrew Green

Chapter 14 – The Newbolt Report: Discussing Empire, race and racism in the classroom

Lesley Nelson-Addy

Chapter 15 – Diversity and the Newbolt Report

John Perry

Chapter 16 – ‘The right sort of reading’: three post-Newbolt anthologies as libraries in parvo and pedagogic prompt-books

Roger Dalrymple

Chapter 17 – A Century of Teaching Creative Writing in Schools

Francis Gilbert & Vicky Macleroy

Chapter 18 – The Purpose of Education and The Persistence of a Silenced Debate: Reflections on the teaching of English

Jennifer Hennessy

Chapter 19 – The significance of emotion in English literature teaching: from Newbolt to today

Megan Mansworth & Marcello Giovanelli

Afterword – The New Newbolt: A Vision from the past or a vision for the future?

Andrew Green

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Andrew Green is Senior Lecturer in English Education at Brunel University, UK.