Phonics check concerns persist

Monday, October 20, 2014 . Posted by Trish

Margaret Clarke and David Reedy continue to question aspects of the phonics check.

Download Margaret's latest article below and view David's blog here.

The phonics check three year on: an analysis of the evidence and its implications

Diverse voices: the 50 best culturally diverse children’s books

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 . Posted by Trish

An incredible list of the 50 best children's books published from 1950 to the present day that celebrate cultural and ethnic diversity is released today, published by The Guardian here.

UKLA responds to Guardian report about results of the 2014 Phonics Check for 6 year olds

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 . Posted by Trish

On Friday 26 September the Guardian published an article about the DFE announcement of the 2014 Phonics Check for 6 year olds in England, with an analysis by Dr David Waugh. Henrietta Dombey and David Reedy have written a critical response to some of the assertions made. Download the response below.

Phonics Check Response

Call for papers for the 51st UKLA international conference now open

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 . Posted by Trish

The 51st UKLA international conference

Re-assessing Literacy: talking, reading and writing in the 21st Century

will take place at The National College for Teaching and Leadership in Nottingham, UK from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th July 2015.

The landscape for literacy teaching continues to change.  These changes are driven by the technology available to us to communicate and to make meaning but also by educational policy being applied in the United Kingdom and internationally. This conference will be an opportunity for literacy practitioners and academics to discuss a literacy for the 21st Century and how to respond to the opportunities and challenges that face teachers and children.

 Speakers to include Dr Henry Giroux, Professor Kathy Hall, Dr Steven Layne and author Kevin Brooks.

The Call for Papers is open until December 12th 2014.

Click here for the online submission form

Watch the UKLA Conferences short film

Thursday, October 02, 2014 . Posted by Trish

You might be interested to see a short film which captures the spirit of the UKLA and this year’s 50th International conference at the University of Sussex.

Click here to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N_WtXXnUc4&feature=youtu.be

Our thanks to Alistair Daniel and the International Sub-committee for putting this together.


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