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Federation of European Literacy Associations (FELA)

Initial Teacher Education – English

This site was created to support anyone involved in the education and training of English teachers. The creation of this website was been undertaken by the National Association for the Teaching of English and the United Kingdom Literacy Association in association with Christ Church Canterbury University College and is funded by the Training and Development Agency for Schools.


Sponsors of the UKLA Books Awards. MLS use engaging technologies to foster a reading and information culture that promotes independent motivated readers and learners for life.

The Common English Forum

The Common English Forum is a body which exists to consider matters of current interest in English studies both in schools and universities.

Wiley Blackwell - Literacy Journal

Government and Government-supported Agencies

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Department of Education for Northern Ireland (DENI)

Learning and Teaching Scotland

Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED)

Primary National Strategy

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Wales on-line resources and information website for teachers

Welsh Joint Education Committee

Other Subject Associations

Action for Children’s Arts (ACA)

ACA is the voice of children’s arts in the UK. It aims to improve the cultural wellbeing of children by focusing attention on and encouraging support for children’s arts, and by celebrating and sharing the achievements of practitioners.

Australian Association for the Teaching of English

Australian Literacy Educators’ Association

British Association for Early Childhood Education (BAECE)

British Dyslexia Association

British Educational Research Association

Canadian Council of Teachers of Language Arts

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

English Association

English Subject Centre

International Development in Europe Committee (of the IRA)

International Reading Association

National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC)

National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE)

National Association of Writers in Education

National Council of Teachers of English (USA)

National Drama

Reading and Language Centres

Beanstalk - formerly Volunteer Reading Help

Beanstalk is a national charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading.

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

Centre for the Studies of Literacies at the University of Sheffield

English and Media Centre

National Centre for Language and Literacy

The Reader Organisation

The Reading Agency

University of Lancaster Literacy Research Centre

General Links

ASCEL (Association of Senior Children’s and Educational Librarians)

Beanstalk - formerly Volunteer Reading Help

Beanstalk is a national charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading.

Book Trust

British Film Institute

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

The Council for Leaning Outside the Classroom are a registered charity existing to champion learning outside the classroom (LOtC) and encourage young people (0-19yrs) to get out and about because research shows that children learn best through real world, hands on experiences. The Council took over responsibility for the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto in April 2009.

EU High Level Group for Experts on Literacy

Bringing together European academics and policy-makers.

Initial Teacher Education

Irish Film Institute

Just Imagine Story Centre

Nasen (formerly the National Association for Special Educational Needs)

National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)

National Literacy Trust

National Year of Reading

Norfolk Children’s Book Centre

Poetry Book Society

Poetry Society

Royal Society of Arts

Scottish Book Trust

Subject Association Website

The International board on Books for Young People

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)

The Poetry Archive

UNESCO Literacy Portal

Write Away!

Useful Resources

All Talk

BBC Learning Videos

An animated adventure into the worlds of some of the best children’s books as celebrity presenters explore the stories they hold dear.

Beanstalk - formerly Volunteer Reading Help

Beanstalk is a national charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading.

Books for Keeps: Book Reviews

Thousands of book reviews from the children's book magazine on-line.

Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal

David Horner

- site for poetry and writing ideas.

Digital Beginnings Project

- contains reports and research tools on the project, which studied digital literacy practices of 0-6 year-olds.

Early Learning HQ

A website offering free foundation stage and key stage 1 teaching resources.

Enjoying Reading

Enjoying Reading is an important new initiative to help every child love reading by encouraging schools and libraries to work in partnership. The website demonstrates how libraries can support schools and provides practical resources for joint work. Enjoying Reading is a partnership project funded by the DCSF and led by The Reading Agency, the independent charity working to get more people reading more.

Everybody Writes

- writing ideas for teachers, by teachers.

Fantastic Mr. Fox: Learning through Film

Fantastic Mr. Fox: Learning through Film is a new resource and literacy learning pack for KS2 / Second pupils across the UK, brought to you by National Schools Partnership and Into Film.

Free Educational Games for Kids

How to Write

Writers including Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman and Caroline Bird reveal the source of their inspiration and their writing techniques in an inspirational series of short films for the classroom.

Inform Ed: An on-line commentary for the Education Industry

Adult Literacy: Better Reading Comprehension, How to Speed-Read, and Some Life-Changing Literature to Improve Your Life

Into Film Club

Animated films can inspire your pupils and boost critical thinking skills By registering for an Into Film club this term, you will receive a supporting resource for KS2/Second Level to guide you through a cross-cultural journey in animated film, plus a free DVD of Pixar Shorts to use with your new club. The resource makes setting up — and running — your new club easy and fun.

John Richmond’s Writings on Language and Learning 1975–1995

John Richmond was a teacher in London from 1974 before being part of the National Writing project and the Language in the National Curriculum Project until 1992. He then worked in educational broadcasting. He has gathered together his writing from throughout his professional life and has now made it available on-line.

Kids and Reading

- provides advice for parents and carers on supporting children’s reading

Literacy Research Association (formerly NRC)


- the website for teaching about film, media and film-making with children, young people and adults


Media Smart is a not for profit company that develops and provides free of charge educational materials to primary schools, which teach children to think critically about advertising in the context of their daily lives.

Poetry Archive

RSC Resources Bank

Simon Armitage, Writing Poems

Over the course of six short films, Simon Armitage goes behind the scenes of all his poems featured in the GCSE AQA anthology to help viewers understand and visualise the building blocks that create them.

Sofa Adventures in Reading

Reading suggestions for kids

Spellathon from Mencap

The new Spellathon makes spelling fun to learn and easy to teach. It's aimed at primary and secondary schools and will undoubtedly help improve spelling and literacy skills. Pupils play spelling games at school and at home and pledge to spell as many words correctly as they can. In the process, they raise funds for Mencap and their school.

Teachers TV – Literacy

Teachers TV videos now hosted by TES

Teaching News


- library of online resources for secondary English teachers

The English Faculty

With the support of JISC (part of the Higher Education Funding Council of England) has made approximately 300 films of lecturers speaking on themes and topics from the A-level curriculum. More than 30 of those themes are on English.

The Literacy Shed

The Literacy Shed is home to a wealth of visual resources. Most of the resources can be used in KS1 and KS2 but some do lend themselves to the upper age group and above. The aim is to provide high quality resources that can be used in stand alone literacy lessons, can form the basis for a whole iteracy unit or can support literacy units that you already have in place. With the many book based activities I would advocate using the book alongside the digital resource.

Welsh National Support Programme Resource Bank

A new website with resources to help you implement the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) The LNF has been developed to help the children of Wales develop excellent literacy and numeracy skills during their time at school. Welsh schools receive support to implement the LNF through the National Support Programme: Literacy and Numeracy (NSP). As part of this support, the NSP has identified and developed resources that can help schools implement the LNF and have created a Resource Bank.

Writing For Walford

A step-by-step guide of how to write a good script for television dramas such as EastEnders and E20.

UKLA Members’ Blogs about Digital Literacies

Guy Merchant

Julia Davies

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