To all TEACHERS

The Queen's English Society does not exist to criticise the teaching profession but the system under which the education of our youngsters currently operates is of great concern as it is letting you down.   It is not helping the students, despite record numbers of GCSE passes and university applications.  The evidence is that people are leaving school and graduating from university without the necessary skills to be able to communicate with clarity and style.  Businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit people with the ability to use the English language correctly.  The QES urges you all, whatever subject you teach, to make use of this website resource, which is a growing portal to a huge amount of information and support. Give us your views, experiences and ideas on how we may support you in a campaign to bring about changes to our education system, changes which will allow you the time to teach your subject and time to correct poorly-constructed spoken and written English.


TEACHING IN THE UK TODAY

The QES campaign to persuade all concerned that young people deserve the chance to learn and to use English properly, when and where it matters

Education in many areas of the UK is not working properly. Crumbling buildings and threats of reduced funding are, of course, a serious concern, but not a matter for us in this forum. The QES has launched a campaign to reverse decisions made by politicians and other public bodies, over several decades, and to upgrade teaching and teacher training. The aim is to ensure that the teaching of all subjects includes instruction in the use of the best possible levels of standard English, (grammar, spelling, punctuation and style), and that provision is made for the correction of work submitted by students of all ages.

Elizabeth Foster told the Society:
"I teach English in a comprehensive school. The poverty of language is depressing - but most of the staff do not recognise it as such because they were educated at a time when grammar was considered superfluous and their knowledge of it has been passed on by a system akin to the game of Chinese Whispers. Ignorance is breeding ignorance - especially among English teachers - and those of us who offer our services (tactfully) are dismissed as old-fashioned because newly trained teachers have been taught in the sixties mantras. At the same time, those who trained the inadequately trained have not been properly taught themselves and either do not recognise the rot which has set in or do not want to admit their part in allowing it to get this far. I have found, however, that children who are convinced that English is 'impossible' and 'beyond' them are interested and relieved to hear that there is logic to it which can be mastered - such a discovery gives them some sense of security; knowing that three clauses require two conjunctions to build them into a sentence is a sound start. I love my language and I am keen to pass it on with pride rather than having to teach its constructions apologetically in a whole-in-the-wall fashion. I was educated in Northern Ireland, where grammar still matters more than it does in some schools I have taught in elsewhere."

Proposals for radical reform of education have been published in the coalition government's EDUCATION WHITE PAPER published in November 2010.
The QES supports many of the proposals
and has offered to assist in discussions leading to legislation.

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