English Association

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The English Association is a network of people and organisations who are passionate about the English language and its literatures. We are the learned society for English, and a registered charity incorporated by Royal Charter. 

We support the teaching, learning, and enjoyment of English at all levels of education, from early years to further and higher education and beyond. We welcome anyone with a love of language, literature, linguistics and creative writing into our active community of members.

How do we do this?

  • We work for positive change, on behalf of our members and the discipline as a whole, by responding to national consultations
  • Led by our Education Committees, our research explores the state of our discipline, and allows us to work with government and policy-makers 
  • We foster discussions of methods of teaching and learning English at all academic levels. Our renowned publications are read in schools, libraries, and universities all over the world, and we share research, best practice, and cutting-edge pedagogies.
  • We celebrate English’s role as an essential element in education and the community at large, and also have a prestigious programme of awards and prizes
  • We deliver practical, affordable, and accessible support to teachers of English at Early Years, Primary, Secondary, and Higher levels of education.
  • We ratify and award the designation, Chartered Teacher of English (CTE) and operate the Register of Chartered Teachers of English. 

How can I get involved?

Join us as a member

Help us build our voice and raise the profile of English Studies by becoming a member! A basic membership is just £32 (with reduced rates for students) and these fees directly help to fund the EA’s activities and impacts. In return, we’ll provide you with:

  • Reduced rates for conferences and events, and access to our member-only networking events, including our free events
  • Access to your chosen publication(s)
  • Access to all of our new and existing resources
  • Access to the EA’s Newsletter – produced three times per year, the Newsletter contains topical articles, news items, and interviews from across English Studies, and updates about The English Association itself and its activities
  • The opportunity to join one of our committees and  impact directly on our activities and responses to national issues 

Membership of the EA is an ideal way to become involved in the English Studies discipline and community, and to make your voice heard – the more involvement you have, the brighter the future looks for English Studies! 

For more information and to join the EA, please visit our website

Contribute to one of our publications

We welcome suggestions for articles in any of our publications, including English 4-11 (the magazine for early years and primary education), The Use of English (the longest standing journal for English teachers in schools and colleges), and English, our flagship research journal. 

Enter one of our awards or competitions

Our prizes and awards recognise the best early-career scholarship in the fieldoffer opportunities to younger scholars to develop their thinking, and celebrate the best children’s picture books as chosen by practising teachers and education experts.

Attend our events

We offer a range of events to develop your professional practice and your subject knowledge, including online, in-person, and members-only events. 

Get in touch

Institute for English Studies

The Institute of English Studies (IES) is one of nine member Institutes of the School of Advanced Study of the University of London and is an internationally renowned research centre specialising in the history of the bIES logoook, manuscript and print studies, and textual scholarship. It offers postgraduate programmes and summer schools, hosts major collaborative research projects, provides essential research training in book history and palaeography; and facilitates scholarly communities in all areas of English studies.

During lockdown we have been supporting staff, students, and anyone interested in English and book history through our IES Virtual Community page, where we are sharing online events, recordings, blogs, and more. Over the coming weeks we will also be sharing online resources in lieu of our annual summer schools.

If you would like to hear more about who we are and what we do please sign up for our fortnightly newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and get in touch with us at

National Association for the Teaching of English

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What we do

NATE was founded in 1963 to provide a forum for development of modern approaches to English teaching in schools. Its work was central to the formulation of a progressive, humane approach to the subject underpinned by a conception of the subject that put student-centred learning at its core.

Today, NATE continues to promote this message about English, developing and encouraging innovative and reflective approaches appropriate to the contemporary classroom, reporting to teachers on developments in policy, practice and research, and giving an independent voice to the profession.

NATE works locally through its highly successful regional Teachmeets – bringing together English teachers for high quality, free CPD and an opportunity to meet and share good practice. Nationally, NATE supports teachers through its magazines Teaching English and Primary Matters and through conferences, newsletters, publications and research, as well as through the activity of its Working Groups and its partnerships with other organisations. It also continues to have an important international role through its research journal, English in Education, and close links with BERA (the British Educational Research Association) and IFTE (the International Federation for the Teaching of English).

Jonathan Morgan

Director of NATE

You can also use our contact page

National Association of Writers in Education

NAWE’s mission is to advocate for Creative Writing: enhancing knowledge and understanding of the subject and supporting writers and good practice in teaching and facilitation in all settings. NAWE logo
As Subject Association, NAWE promotes Creative Writing as both a distinct discipline and an essential element in education generally. Our membership includes those working in Higher Education, the many freelance writers working in schools and community contexts, and the teachers and other professionals who work with them.
NAWE is a registered charity, supporting both members and the sector as a whole, providing information and advice on professional development for writers and other literature professionals.

The NAWE Annual Conference

This is the essential UK event for all those involved in the teaching of writing, enabling members to share their experience of teaching writing at all levels and to address current issues. The emphasis is on workshop style sessions or discussions where everyone has a contribution to make.

Writing in Education

The NAWE journal features articles on the writer’s craft, critical issues and workshop techniques, plus a wealth of news items and reviews; published in 3 editions each year and mailed free to all members.

Online Resources

This NAWE site has details of all the latest jobs, opportunities and events for writers throughout the UK. The Archive (accessible to members only) contains everything that we have published since the organisation was founded – over 500 articles covering the very wide range of our members’ activity, an invaluable resource for anyone teaching writing, planning a project or undertaking research.

Professional Directory

Our listing of professionals suitably experienced at working in educational settings is the prime source for schools and others wishing to engage writers to run workshops or residencies.

Professional Development Programme

NAWE is committed to ensuring that all writers working in education are prepared to the highest professional standard. We offer a range of training days for writers and teachers, plus one-to-one sessions to help members plan their writing careers. Through The Writer’s Compass, NAWE also provides free information and advice on professional development for writers and other literature professionals.

Higher Education Network

Open to all universities, this wing of NAWE addresses the many issues facing those teaching and studying on Creative Writing programmes throughout the UK.


NAWE offers various categories of membership to cater for different needs. It is the strength of our membership that helps to create so many new opportunities for writers. If you would like to join NAWE, please use the online form.

University English

University English, formerly The Council for College and University English (CCUE), was founded in 1993 to promote the study of English in higher education, and to provide opportunities for English lecturers to meet colLogo of University Englishleagues from other institutions and discuss matters of shared concern. University English is the main professional body consulted by funding bodies and other agencies when they wish to gauge the views of the English subject community. Our aim is to promote the study of English in all its aspects – literature, language, creative writing – and to further the development of both teaching and research.

Members meet twice a year, at the Annual General Meeting in Spring and the Ordinary General Meeting in London in early December. These events are an opportunity to meet colleagues from other institutions, find out about recent developments, and discuss matters of shared concern. To each we invite policy-makers, representatives from the funding bodies, and prominent academics, to address topical issues through a mixture of lectures, presentations, panels, and plenary discussion. The Executive Committee meets regularly to plan activities and respond to the numerous invitations from bodies such as the REF and the AHRC to engage in consultative dialogue. University English is affiliated to the European Society for the Study of English, whose membership is drawn from over 30 countries; we work closely with the English Association, and are members of the Common English Forum. In recent years we have been heavily involved in the development of English: Shared Futures and other collaborative events aimed at supporting the subject community.

University English depends upon the good will and active involvement of its membership. Membership is by departmental subscription. The more departments it represents the more effective is its lobbying voice. If you would like to find out more about the advantages conferred by University English membership, please visit our website: