Novaya Iskra, the Nuffield Russian Course
General Editor: Ken Smith
This was the only teenager-friendly Russian course, and supported three-, four- or five-year courses to GCSE.
Iskra and Novaya Iskra
The Russian course remained a Nuffield responsibility long after the other language courses. Small but stable numbers (about 1800 GCSE candidates per year with a larger number, including evening classes, doing the first year of the course) meant that it was never fully viable commercially as an independent course.
The materials went through various editions, including a home-produced (‘samizdat’) edition distributed from the general editor’s garage, then it was published by Stanley Thornes, then there was a new edition produced by Nuffield and published by John Murray.
From 1995 to 2010 the course was supported by the Nuffield Curriculum Centre. Novaya Iskra easily covered its costs, and reprints of the books were paid for out of the share of the income from sales due to the Nuffield Foundation.
The materials are now out of print. However, electronic versions of the materials are now hosted on the Russian Teachers' Group website.