Shortlist announced: UKLA Academic Book Award 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Publishers submitted an unprecedented number of books for the prestigious UKLA Academic Book Award 2015. The panel- teachers, consultants, librarians and HE tutors- discussed a strong field of entries from a range of academic publishers. After much debate, seven titles were chosen for the shortlist. Subjects range from dialogic talk to diversity, from critical thinking through picture books to teaching Caribbean poetry, and from new literacies around the globe to building communities of readers and looking back at research into literacy over many years  All evidence a passion for the teaching of English, all make distinctive contributions to the field. The final panel has a difficult task ahead!

The winner will be announced during the UKLA International Conference to be held at the College for Leadership, Nottingham July 10-12th

Download the shortlist below.

UKLA Academic Book Award 2015 Shortlist


UKLA submits evidence on Phonics to Select Committee

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On Friday 12th December UKLA submitted evidence to the House of Commons Education Committee after the committee made a call for evidence on a range of educational topics. UKLA chose to submit evidence regarding the role of phonics in the early teaching of reading as there is a need by policy makers in England to make decisions based on the full range of evidence in this area. UKLA's submission can be downloaded below.

UKLA Response to DfE statement


UKLA Response to the Consultation on the Draft Performance Descriptors

Monday, December 15, 2014

UKLA has today sent its response to the DFE regarding the Draft Performance Descriptors for Reading and Writing and both KS1 and 2. These descriptrs are designed to support teacher assessment at the end of the key stage under the new National Curriculum for schools in England.

UKLA's response is based on a very successful and well attended open meeting for members held in November. UKLA has significant concerns about the Performance Descriptors as they currently stand, as outlined in our response that can be downloaded below.

Draft Performance Descriptors for Reading and Writing


New paper on the Phonics Debate by Margaret Clark

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Margaret Clark continues her evaluation of the phonics debate with her paper Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning: an evidence-based critique. Download it here …

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2014 UKLA Literacy School of the Year announced.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The UK Literacy Association is proud to announce the 2014 recipient of our new award for schools. High View School Plymouth is the 2014 UKLA Literacy School of the Year: A school where literacy thrives .

Read and Dowload the Press Release here.

Any member of UKLA may submit a school in the UK for this award. Nominees are invited to present their written submission, with reference to the award criteria, (Please contact Brenda Eastwood, General Manager, for more details .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ) A school that, in the judgement of the committee, fulfils the criteria is then contacted and arrangements made for two UKLA members to visit the school. (These UKLA members are nominated by the convenor of Membership and Awards)It is expected that one school will be recognised in any one year. 


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