‘Your own calm space’: reclaiming poetry for KS4 in a time of Covid

Lawrence, C. (2020) ‘Your own calm space’: reclaiming poetry for KS4 in a time of Covid. NATE News. p. 15.

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“At time of writing, many are in uproar at the government decision regarding the 2021 ‘Covid-light’ GCSE curriculum for English that does not make the study of poetry compulsory. Scottish writer and teacher Kate Clanchy, for example, tweeted that dropping poetry at GCSE ‘sends a signal down the school that it’s the dispensable bit of English’. However, the Covid crisis, and even the option of removing poetry study from the examination syllabus, may leave opportunities for poetry to flourish in other environments. Away from the heat of examination, perhaps poetry may regain some intrinsic value in the eyes of our young people. During ‘lock-down’ Game of Thrones actor Emilia Clark instigated the reading of ‘therapeutic’ poetry to help people manage loneliness and isolation, and BBC Radio 4 read a poem a day to keep the nation’s spirits up. A little like religion, it seems, people may turn to poetry in times of crisis.”

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Additional Information: © 2020 NATE. This is an author accepted manuscript of a paper subsequently published in NATE news. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Divisions: School of Teacher Development
Depositing User: Dr Clare Lawrence
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2021 12:01
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2021 14:21
URI: https://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/796

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