Donal Hale - Head of Department - York

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In this episode I’m talking to Donal Hale. Donal is an English Head of Department at a secondary school in York and respected voice in English teaching on Twitter and beyond.

We discuss:

  • The best book he’s ever read, taught or learnt whilst at school

  • Where Donal and his department stand on planning the curriculum according to concepts, texts or skills

  • How formative feedback, summatives and marking works in Donal’s department and if there is anything they’re looking to change

  • The one area of the job he’d like to improve

  • What reading and/or writing initiatives Donal has within the department to ensure that students are getting rigorous practice in these areas

  • Whether Donal has allowed for any provision in the curriculum for teaching how to speak publicly

  • And lastly, (aside from Twitter) what’s the best resource he’s come across for English teaching that might help others

Thanks again to Donal for crossing the timezone divide and offering a frank and fantastic lowdown on how he sees English instruction in its many forms.

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Links:

Donal on Twitter - @HaleDonal

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