James Wright

teacher-trainer and mentor
Speaking at

Andrew McCallum

Director at The English and Media Centre


An introduction to Critical Literacy

This session explores ways in which you can teach critical reading skills, so that students are not only exposed to the wider world but can engage with it confidently and with understanding. It will share strategies for promoting a curriculum that encourages students to see themselves as global citizens through a rich and diverse reading experience in the English classroom and beyond.


James Wright is an experienced teacher-trainer and mentor. He has worked across a wide variety of training routes, providing support and training both for beginning and experienced teachers as a university tutor, local authority advisor and independent consultant. He holds a Master’s degree in Psychosocial Studies and Education. James has taught in London schools across a variety of subject areas including Citizenship, Religious Education, English and Media, Philosophy, and Government and Politics. He has worked as a Subject Leader in schools and as a Senior Lecturer in Education / PGCE Course Leader at London Metropolitan University.As a Local Authority Teaching and Learning Consultant, James advised primary and secondary schools across the borough of Hackney on SMSC, Citizenship and PSHE. He has also worked as an associate consultant for the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) and is a member of the Expert Subject Advisory Group for Citizenship.

Andrew McCallum – Director at The English and Media Centre, London, an independent educational charity with a national and international reputation as a Centre of Excellence. It is a development centre, serving the needs of secondary and FE teachers and students of English and Media Studies in the UK and beyond.