Further critiques of synthetic phonics and the phonics check for 6 year olds in England

Friday, March 27, 2015

Two important critiques by Margaret Clark OBE, on synthetic phonics in literacy learning and the phonics check for 6 year olds in England, are published this week.

The first article, A Critique of Synthetic Phonics.. ..this is the evidence, published in Primary First  Issue 12 pages 22-26.

The second, Encouraging and supporting reading in primary schools in England: the next steps, was published in the Education Journal, Issue 228. 

We are grateful to Margaret Clark,  Primary First and the Education Journal for allowing us to publish the articles on the UKLA website.

Both articles, in addition to footnotes to the first article, can be downloaded below.

 

AA Critique of Synthetic Phonics.. ..this is the evidence by Margaret Clark

Footnotes to An Evidence-based Critique of Synthetic Phonics in Literacy Learning by Margaret Clark

Encouraging and supporting reading in primary schools in England: the next steps by Margaret Clark


Further critiques of the phonics check for 6 year olds in England

Two important critiques by Margaret Clark OBE, on synthetic phonics in literacy learning and the phonics check for 6 year olds in England, are published this week.

The first article, An Evidence-based Critique of Synthetic Phonics in Literacy Learning, was published in Issue 12 of Primary First.

The second, Encouraging and supporting reading in primary schools in England: the next steps, was published in the Education Journal, Issue 228. 

We are grateful to Margaret Clark,  Primary First and the Education Journal for allowing us to publish the articles on the UKLA website.

Both articles, in addition to footnotes to the first article, can be downloaded below.

 

An Evidence-based Critique of Synthetic Phonics in Literacy Learning by Margaret Clark

Footnotes to An Evidence-based Critique of Synthetic Phonics in Literacy Learning by Margaret Clark

Encouraging and supporting reading in primary schools in England: the next steps by Margaret Clark


Three authors in the running for a second UKLA Award

Friday, March 13, 2015

For the first time in the awards’ history, three authors have a chance to win a coveted UKLA award, known as the teacher’s Carnegie, for an unprecedented second time. Philip Reeve with his collaboration with Sarah McIntyre, for Oliver and the Seawigs and Gill Lewis, with Scarlet Ibis, are battling it out on the shortlist for the 7-11 award and Elizabeth Wein is shortlisted in the 12 – 16 category for Rose Under Fire,  the sequel to Code Name Verity, which won the category just  just two years ago. There will also be a tough battle in the 3-6 category with a recent Red House Book Award winner, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers up against a past Greenaway medal- winning author Mini Grey with Hermelin the Detective Mouse.

This year 66 teachers from schools in Nottingham, Leicester, Derbyshire, Coventry and Birmingham are judges for the unique UKLA Book Awards. Their shortlists in the three age categories once again show the fresh perspective that class teachers bring to the judging process.  In their search for books which can “enhance all aspects of literacy learning”,  as required by the criteria, they have also selected international authors, debut authors and books in translation in preference to many more established names on the longlists.

To find out more about the shortlists and UKLA Book Award 2015, click here.

Download the full press release here


New award to celebrate the best in e-books and apps

Monday, March 09, 2015

The UK Literacy Association in association with Booktrust today announces the launch of their Digital Book Award to recognise innovation, creativity and excellence in digital book publishing.

Children’s digital book publishers and developers have the chance to demonstrate how their design, technology and fresh thinking is helping and encouraging children aged six to eight to enjoy stories.

In this first year pilot of the award scheme, teachers from two schools will vote on the best apps and e-books that support reading for pleasure and improve children’s experience of the story.

It is planned to expand the award scheme next year.

David Reedy, UKLA President said: ‘The announcement of the pilot of the UKLA Digital Book Award is an exciting moment. The award reflects the fact that much of all our reading now is digital. What makes this award unique is that it will be chosen by teachers and children together and so will clearly reflect practical qualities to help develop children as readers to the full.' 

Viv Bird chief executive of reading charity Booktrust said: 'We are delighted to be partnering the United Kingdom Literacy Association on this innovative new award to encourage the range of ways children can enjoy reading. There have been remarkable advances in this market and we want to celebrate these achievements and highlight the quality of digital publishing.’

The UKLA Digital Book Award in association with Booktrust, sponsored by The Open University, will reward apps, e-books and other digital interactive products that use sounds, visuals, and interaction in innovative ways to make a child’s experience of the story richer and more meaningful.

The digital book may encourage individual or shared story experience between an adult and a child or between children.

The award is open to UK publishers and developers of

·         Apps for mobile or tablet devices (IOS and/or Android)

·         Online or web-based experiences or CD-ROMs

·         Digital products that can be viewed on a PC/Mac or connected to an interactive whiteboard

·         Advanced e-books or Transmedia (activity across all platforms)

These digital books may appear on any digital platform, including PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, Wiis, LeapReaders, Kindle and similar reading devices.

For full entry terms and conditions and application form click here: http://www.ukla.org/awards/ukla_digital_book_award/

For further information email admin@ukla.org FAO Digital Award.

 


UKLA/Wiley Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award Shortlist Announced

Monday, February 02, 2015

The UKLA/ Wiley-Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award is a prestigious prize bestowed on the best article in the Journal of Research in Reading (JRR) and Literacy in the previous year. Both are peer-reviewed journals with international reputations for excellence.

The shortlists are chosen by working parties convened by the editors of JRR and Literacy, this year Cathy Burnett & Julia Davies and Julia Caroll.  Awards to the winning authors will be presented at the 51st UKLA International Conference in Nottingham.

See the shortlist here.


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