Arlene was awarded an Education Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in 2013-2014. She travelled to New Zealand and Australia to research critical literacy education, in policy and practice. During her Fellowship, Arlene acted as an ambassador for UK education and conducted a number of fruitful research engagements. As well as drawing on the expertise of academics, teachers, policy makers and government officials in Australia and New Zealand, Arlene also gave presentations on UK approaches to curriculum and assessment design to various audiences in Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington and Otago. Some highlights of her research engagements are recorded in the blog posts below.
Her Fellowship report, ‘Reading between the lines: improving the UK’s critical literacy education’ is available here.
I met Karen Yager, Dean of Studies at Knox Grammar School. Karen is president of the English Teachers’ Association of NSW and was previously a lecturer in Initial Teacher Training at the University [...]
Jill Heinrich, Chief Policy officer organised a meeting for me with a team of curriculum, implementation and policy experts at the Board of Studies in Sydney. The Board has been committed to critical [...]
Ricky Campbell-Allen is the Director of the Centre for New Public Education, an advocacy initiative of the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and Head of Education for FYA. With experience in [...]
Prudence Greene, English advisor for Years 7-12 arranged for us to discuss critical literacy in NSW educational policy and practice. We were joined by her Kindergarten-Year 6 counterpart, Janet. Prue [...]
Professor Murray Print, a world-leader in citizenship education, was kind enough to help with my Churchill Fellowship research. We had a long and stimulating discussion about the relationship between [...]
After the Melbourne Declaration in 2008, when the states and territories agreed on the educational priorities for Australia, ACARA was established (in 2009) with the remit to oversee the production [...]
I met Director Michelle Wheeler (an Australian Churchill Fellow) and her team at the Council of Australian Governments Reform Council in Sydney. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) [...]
I was very lucky to secure a meeting at the Australian government’s Department of Education in Canberra. Dr David Atkins, Curriculum and School Reform Branch Manager and Glen Toohey, Office for [...]
My visit to Scotch College was hosted by Dr Peter Coutis, Director of Research, Learning and Teaching. I had three meetings: the first with Peter Hillman, Head of Library and Information Services; [...]
I met Sean Tyrell, manager of the Priority Policy team and his colleagues Phaedra Eayrs, Georgia Shiells and Amy Hughes at the Victoria Department of Education and Early Childhood Development [...]