We Teach Well

Boosting student outcomes through providing education departments and school leaders with proven and targeted professional development options for teachers of English.

We Teach Well’s core purpose:

To work towards reducing educational inequality and improving student outcomes globally. 

We believe that only through giving every child the same opportunities for education,  can we stop the mindless destruction of the planet and build a better world.

As educators we are guided by  The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, Goal 4, which aims to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.’

Likewise we strongly support The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which was signed in November 1989. Article 28 states that:

Education is the right of every child. It should be free and fair, with equal access for girls and boys.***

We do this in 3 ways:

Professional development and coaching programs for English teachers.

(SDGs 4.1, 4.6, 4.c) (Articles 28 & 29)

We know that teachers who are confident in their subject knowledge are better able to engage students in their learning. And engaged students will remain in school longer if they can.

By embracing the options that digital technology provides, we can produce high quality, subject specific, curriculum agnostic, borderless professional development options that build confidence in English and literature teachers.

While our subject is called English, and some understanding of Western culture and conventions is helpful, we believe that students are best taught by teachers who know and understand them and their culture. By supplying teachers with quality, curriculum agnostic  subject knowledge and literature pedagogy, they are then more equipped to decide what pedagogy they will employ in their classroom. They are then more able to support their individual students.

WTW Home page Course and coaching
A globe and books. World literature
someone drinking coffee and looking at the World lit podcast image on their phone

WTW World Lit Podcast. Decolonising literature

(SDG 4.7) (Articles 28 & 30)

While we love literature, we are aware of how the English language has been, and still is, used to undermine cultures. It frustrates us that you can still see courses in ‘English Literature’ being taught around the world, but the texts that are studied are not English. They are Indian, and Russian and South American among many others.

The internet has provided educators with opportunities that were not even imagined when we started teaching.  When researching literature most of us needed to go to the library and find works by other (usually white) academics who had worked with that author or culture.

But we don’t have to do that now.

I can only imagine how wonderful it would have been to speak to a teacher in St Petersburg about how to teach Chekhov. In the WTW World Lit Podcast – Decolonising Literature we speak to teachers in other countries about their literature. About the culture and history that lies behind the texts.

Supporting other organisations.

(SDGs 4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 4.6) (Articles 28 29,30)

Each an every time a school or organisation works with us, on their behalf, we will provide a program of equal value to a school in a developing region. We will do this in partnership with a number of NFP’s working in K-12 education and child welfare.

K-12 education is critical in the fight against poverty, inequality and injustice. Even more so for girls.  The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the articles of Convention on the Rights of the Child  provide a comprehensive model for developing sound programs for teacher professional development (PD) and initial teacher education. (ITE)

Mixed school classrooms for home page
English professional development.

The past 18 months have been eye-opening. While the use of education technology was steadily growing before Covid, there is no doubt that the pandemic has accelerated it.

This has created so many possibilities for teacher professional learning networks that are not limited by geography. We can now reach teachers and students in places we couldn’t before.

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Does your marking load seem to breed?

Do you find it hard to get time for researching new texts?

Are you frustrated by the ever revolving door of curriculum changes?

Imagine being part of a borderless professional learning network which includes new and experienced literature teachers from around the world. Imagine having access to the latest research and technology. Imagine being able to reduce educational inequality. Imagine never having to worry about outdated curriculum materials again.

Curricula change – subject knowledge only expands.

We Teach Well Blog

Some Fun with Shakespeare

Some Fun with Shakespeare

As we approach, once again, the day of Shakespeare’s birth and death, the faithful among us, (some would say nerds) start revisiting the Bard’s canon and the enormity of his influence.  This is a serious, and at the same time not serious, undertaking. There is much...

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