Nominations Sought for UKLA Book Awards 2016

Monday, May 18, 2015 . Posted by Trish

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

Posted by Trish

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!


Coming Soon: UKLA and Owen Education New Series

Friday, May 01, 2015 . Posted by Trish

The series aims to inspire and inform debate about the teaching of language, literacy and English to children and young people aged 3 to 19. The booklets draw on seminal studies and development work carried out
over many years, and provide examples of effective practice. They challenge some aspects of the new National Curriculum for English and its assessment arrangements, and propose alternatives.

Six booklets will be published on June 1st:

  • English, Language and Literacy 3 to 19: Summary: John Richmond, Peter Dougill and Mike Raleigh
  • Talk: John Richmond
  • Reading 3 to 7: John Richmond
  • Writing 3 to 7: John Richmond
  • Grammar and Knowledge about Language: John Richmond
  • Drama: John Richmond.

Four booklets will be published on September 1st:

  • Reading 7 to 16: Peter Traves
  • Writing 7 to 16: John Richmond
  • Media: Andrew Burn
  • English 16 to 19: Angela Goddard.

Price per booklet £12 (£11 to UKLA members) from the UKLA online Bookshop
For more information contact John Richmond:

Media Literacies SIG update

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 . Posted by Trish

This  new UKLA Special Interest Group in media literacy provides a network to bring literacy practitioners and media educators in the UK together and a platform for communication with policy makers, OFCOM and European / international media literacy research groups. Over the initial two years of the SIG's activities, it will aim to promote a research-informed approach to media literacy education and to promote media literacy as an essential element of literacy education in the 21st century; collate and support research-informed educational media literacy practice and disseminate this to both literacy and media educators to bring these two communities of practice together.

The group’s outputs so far have been presented at the Media Education Association conference at the British Film Institute in London and the Media Education Summit at Metropolitan University, Prague and the SIG will next form a symposia at the UKLA conference in July.

At the MEA event, it presented the outcome of the first research project and met with media teachers who were interested in the group. The SIG's objectives were shared with David Buckingham and Sonia Livingstone, whilst its other critical friend Alison Preston from OFCOM has also offered advice.

Two projects have been commissioned – a pilot study mapping the media literacy competences of students with a GCSE in Media Studies to pan-European MIL criteria and a co-creation project to develop media literacy resources for secondary teachers of English, History, ICT and Government and Politics.  The first project is complete and its findings will be published by the Journal of Media Literacy Education shortly, whilst the MEA / MES presentation on the research can be viewed here:

The second project has just begun, and the researchers will be working with teachers, who came forward to express an interest in the SIG following the MEA event, in three schools in Birmingham, London and Cambridge for the next year. The participating teachers have been funded by the project to join UKLA and attend the July conference.

For more information about this SIG or to express an interest in getting involved, please contact Julian McDougall –

English, Language and Literacy 3 to 19

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 . Posted by Trish

UKLA and Owen Education have come together to produce a series of booklets on the teaching of language, literacy and English to children and young people aged 3 to 19. The aim of the series is to inspire and inform debate about school strategy. The booklets draw on seminal studies and development work carried out over many years.  The lead writer is John Richmond.

The booklets are being launched in London, Brighton and York during June and you are invited to join us.

You are invited to any of the three launches taking place as follows:

Tuesday 2 June 2015 at 6.00pm in the Fulton Lecture Theatre A, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QQ

Wednesday 3 June 2015 at 6.00pm in the Chapter Room, Strand Campus, King's College, London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Thursday 4 June 2015 at 6.00pm in the Kitchen@Alcuin, Alcuin College, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

Refreshments and a free copy of the summary booklet for the series will be provided at each launch.

Six booklets will be available (in print and electronically) from 1 June:

  • Summary
  • Talk
  • Reading 3 to 7
  • Writing 3 to 7
  • Grammar and Knowledge about Language
  • Drama

The remaining four booklets will be available from 1 September:

  • Reading 7 to 16
  • Writing 7 to 16
  • Media
  • English 16 to 19

Price £12 each (£11 to UKLA members). Coming soon to the UKLA Bookshop.

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