Training for teachers on issues of race, belonging, migration and empire.

Wendy Lennon

University of Oxford and the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Keywords: Shakespeare, race, pedagogy, Windrush, English teacher, KS3, KS4, KS5


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Wendy Lennon FEA is an English Faculty Research Associate at the University of Oxford working on TRACTION, a European Research Council funded project. Wendy is also in the final year of her PhD at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. Wendy Lennon’s doctoral research, titled ‘From Shakespeare to the Windrush’, explores Shakespeare’s plays, race, and migration in various iterations and contexts from the early modern period to the present day. Wendy is the Founder and Director of ‘Shakespeare, Race & Pedagogy’ #ShakeRacePedagogy, an inter-cultural, inter-generational education initiative which seeks to share, interrogate, and reinvigorate approaches to the teaching and study of Shakespeare’s plays. Wendy’s forthcoming book ‘Shakespeare, Race & Pedagogy: Early Modern Colonialism to the Windrush’ is to be published by Cambridge University Press. Wendy is also an educator and has worked in schools for a decade. Over the last ten years she has held posts and additional responsibilities including: KS3 – KS5 English teacher; Head of English and Modern Foreign Languages Faculty; Deputy Head of English; whole school Literacy Coordinator; GCSE examiner. Wendy is a FutureLearn educator and a member of boards and committees including the British Shakespeare Association’s Education Committee, the Everything to Everybody Education steering committee and the Globe & King’s College, London’s Early Modern Scholars Network steering committee. Wendy was delighted to accept the 2021 nomination to be a Fellow of the English Association and is on the Editorial Board for The English Association’s journal, ‘English’.