Notice of AGM 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

From the Hon Sec. Roger McDonald

We look forward to welcoming members to the Association’s AGM which will be held at the National College for Teaching and Leadership, Triumph Road, Nottingham.

Saturday 11th July at 17.05 in the Auditorium

The Agenda and details will be available on the UKLA website nearer to the event

Notice of election 2015

There will be election for the Association’s Trustees who work as Officers (President and President Elect, both for one year only, secretary, and treasurer) and for convenors of sub committees.

Trustees take on a variety of work for the Association.  As a trustee you will serve on the Executive Committee. The duties and eligibility of trustees are set out in the Charity Commission Website.

Officers , the President who leads with the support of the President-elect and the Vice-President, the treasurer, who deals with money, and the secretary who sees that we are supported administratively.  Trustees also convene and manage the work of our sub-committees; Publications, International, Conference, Website, Membership & Awards, Research, Website and CPD, each of which are convened by a Trustee.

The final list off vacancies will be published on the website as soon as decisions have been made in good time for the closing date for nominations.  Trustees are elected annually, except to ensure the Association’s continuity, for those officers who are exempt under our rules.

To be elected you must be a UKLA member in good standing, nominated and seconded by members also in good standing.

If you are interested in standing for election and would like further information about what is involved or help in gaining nomination please contact, David Reedy, UKLA General Secretary at

Regional Representatives normally serve on National Council, support and initiate activity in the Regions and are eligible to serve on UKLA sub-committees, helping to develop and sustain the Association’s object of ‘Promoting Literacy’.

To share the work, Regions may be represented by two members. They normally serve for two years (i.e. 2015-2017). A regional activity will normally take place once each year.  National Council meets in London twice a year.

Sub-committees may meet more frequently but also conduct some work via email.

If you are interested in standing for election as a Regional Representative for 2015 – 17 and would like further information about what is involved in regional activity, please contact Tony Martin who coordinates regional activities at



Winning teacher’s class response is imaginative and truly innovative

UKLA is delighted to announce the winner of Our Class Loves This Book: the John Downing Award 2015 is Emma Faulker and her Y6 class, Stenson Fields Primary Community School, Derby. 

The winning submission is a creative, imaginative response to Blackberry Blue and other fairy tales by Jamila Gavin, who has accepted our invitation to visit the school to celebrate with the pupils. 

Jamila Gavin commented "I'm so thrilled that my book inspired some winning writing, and I look forward to giving the award".

Members of the panel were captivated by each page of Emma Faulkner’s imaginative and truly innovative submission.  Our delight in turning the pages, looking in the envelopes and enjoying the photographs, reflected the children’s immersion in the text.  The panel was particularly impressed by the attention to detail evident throughout this project, and its lasting impact on the children and their teacher.

We were left in no doubt that children in the class had been inspired by other texts on the UKLA shortlist, as well as Blackberry Blue, and that they will continue to pursue their love of literature throughout their lives. Lucky children!

The winner will receive her award at the UKLA 51st International Conference in Nottingham July 10-12th and present a seminar with children from her class and Jamila Gavin.

UKLA Response to the Call For Evidence for a New National Reading Strategy

Friday, June 12, 2015

UKLA has sent its response to the call for evidence for developing a new national reading strategy in England for the ‘Read On, Get On’ campaign to get every child  reading well by the age of 11

On behalf of the Read On Get On coalition in England, the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce) has been commissioned to develop a national reading strategy for England.  This work will provide analysis of the problem, identify key objectives and set out the strategic action needed over the next decade to achieve the following target goals for 2020 and 2025:


1.   All children achieve good early language development by age five by 2020

2.   Every child is able to read well by the age of 11 by 2025, with good progress made so that we are at least halfway towards this goal by 2020


You can download UKLA’s submission below

Read the UKLA Response

Nominations Sought for UKLA Book Awards 2016

Monday, May 18, 2015

All UK based publishers of books for children and young people are invited to submit nominations for the 2016 Book Awards- the only awards to be judged by teachers.

To be eligible books must have been published between 1 June 2014 and 31st May 2015. Publishers may submit up to three books in each age category: 3-6, 7-11 and 12-16+ and in addition may submit up to an additional three books from authors and illustrators shortlisted in the previous three years.

Nominate a book or find out more

Get Ready to Celebrate International Literacy Day

UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day for over 40 years.  The day reminds communities everywhere that literacy is a human right and is at the heart of basic education for all.

The UKLA International Committee has come up with some great ideas that you might like to promote in your school, library, university or community to get everyone involved in International Literacy Day 2015.

  • Create a world map with images of books from around the world displayed round the edges and linked to your chosen countries.
  • Take photographs or draw pictures of the children with a book representing their own country/culture.
  • Open the doors to parents and the community and invite them to read a book from their home country (in original language and translation).
  • Enjoy fairy tales from across the world.
  • Read 5 poems in 5 days, each from a different country.
  • Feature at least one book by an author from the countries linked to children in the school.
  • Give a book as a gift and leave a note sharing the importance of literacy.
  • Write a collaborative book, with each child designing a page explaining why reading and writing is important in their lives.  
  • Design a poster promoting reading, or writing, or both.



Let us at UKLA know how you get on!


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