Thursday, December 05, 2013
NATE's latest research paper makes a critical analysis of current approaches to the teaching of reading in the early years, drawing on government documents, professional literature and the views of respondents to the 2013 NATE survey on phonics instruction and early reading.
The 615 respondents to the NATE survey - mainly early years teachers, but all phases of education are well represented - make a cogent argument against a narrow approach to early reading and demonstrate the strength and depth of professional opinion on this crucial issue. The paper concludes that the government case for an exclusive focus on 'systematic synthetic phonics' in early years instruction is poorly argued and unsupported by the evidence cited in the government's own documentation.
The view that phonics instruction must be embedded in a language-rich curriculum is supported by all relevant studies, by the reported practice of the 'best' primary schools, and by the professional experience and opinion of teachers, academics and other stakeholders.
An infant subject leader commented in the survey: 'The results only confirmed what we already knew and in some cases the children under-achieved by a considerable amount. Would the government please accept our professional expertise?'
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
We are currently in the process of reviewing and improving the UKLA website, but we can’t do it without you. We need to understand the needs, opinions and experiences of those who use the UKLA site. Please help us by completing this short survey.
If you choose to share your email address with us we will enter you into a prize draw. You could be the lucky winner and receive a copy of Teaching Grammar Effectively in the Primary School by David Reedy & Eve Bearne or any Minibook of your choosing (stock permitting).
We’ll announce the winner next month.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
At one of the UK’s newest universities, a passion for children’s literature brought together librarians and academics to work on an initiative to shadow the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Awards to publicise the Teaching Resources Collection and highlight the importance of reading for pleasure to both students and the academic community, explain Janice Morris and her colleagues.
We are grateful to CILIP for allowing us to make the article available here.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Do you know a Literacy Hero?
This year the National Literacy Trust celebrates 20 years of working to improve literacy skills. To mark the occasion they’re looking for your Literacy Heroes – people who have overcome problems with reading and writing, or helped inspire other people to improve their literacy skills.
Anyone can be a hero: a young person or adult who has overcome challenges; an author who has inspired people to read; a teacher or librarian; a volunteer in your local community; or even a celebrity.
Nominations will close on 27 October 2013.
For more information and to nominate someone visit the National Literacy Trust website here.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
We are pleased to make UKLA's response to the consultation on 'Primary assessment and accountability under the new national curriculum' available. Our response was informed by members' views at a consultation meeting on 14th September 2013. Many thanks to all who participated in this process.
...joining UKLA is a unique opportunity... to read about exciting and thought provoking developments in the field of literacy ”
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