1st Edition

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

Edited By Andrew Green Copyright 2022
    250 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 twenty-first 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.

    Series editor's introduction

    Preface-The New Newbolt Acknowledgement

    List of contributors

    Part I: Contexts for Newbolt

    1 Contexts for Newbolt: Introduction

    Andrew Green

    2 The Newbolt Report and its contexts

    Simon Gibbons

    3 Colleagues in collaboration: The story behind Newbolt's Committee

    Lorna Smith

    4 A tale of two committees: Newbolt illuminated through the Cox models

    Andy Goodwyn

    5 Speaking silently: Voice poverty and The Newbolt Report

    Nicholas McGuinn

    6 The 'spirit' of Newbolt: Education, war and technology

    David Aldridge

    Part II: Newbolt, language and literature

    7 Newbolt, language and literature: Introduction

    Andrew Green

    8 'Evil habits of speech' and 'correct grammar': A genealogy of language ideologies in Newbolt and contemporary education policy

    Ian Cushing and Jen Pye

    9 While waiting for the poet: Speech and conversation in The Newbolt Report

    Ben Knights

    10 The Newbolt Report: The art of the progressive

    Bethan Marshall

    11 Primum mobile: The genesis of The Newbolt Report

    John Hodgson and Ann Harris

    12 Transporting English(ness): The influence of The Newbolt Report on the subject of English in secondary schools in AustraliaJacqueline Manuel

    Part III: Newbolt and education

    13 Newbolt and education: Introduction

    Andrew Green

    14 The Newbolt Report: Discussing empire, race and racism in the classroom

    Lesley Nelson-Addy

    15 Diversity and The Newbolt Report

    John Perry

    16 'The right sort of reading': Three post-Newbolt anthologies as libraries in parvo and pedagogic prompt-books

    Roger Dalrymple

    17 A century of teaching creative writing in schools

    Francis Gilbert and Vicky Macleroy

    18 The purpose of education and the persistence of a silenced debate: Reflections on the teaching of English

    Jennifer Hennessy

    19 The significance of emotion in English literature teaching: From Newbolt to today

    Megan Mansworth and Marcello Giovanelli

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

    Andrew Green


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