YOUNG PEOPLE should define their own literary canon, rather than having it dictated by the Government, teachers or Richard and Judy's book club, teachers at the Prince's Institute summer school were told last week.
English teacher Gareth Davies said attempts to make a definitive list of what pupils should read can, "never be more than a parlour game".
On the final day of the summer school at Homerton College in Cambridge, he said: "It is not up to the teacher to define the canon, but help students to define their own."
Currently, Shakespeare is the only author pupils are obliged to study, but certain topics are compulsory and lists of
yrecommended authors are provided.