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
RSVP D.Hobbs@sussex.ac.uk

Wednesday 3 June 2015 at 6.00pm in the Chapter Room, Strand Campus, King's College, London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
RSVP https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/16376541677/

Thursday 4 June 2015 at 6.00pm in the Kitchen@Alcuin, Alcuin College, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD
RSVP sarah.olive@york.ac.uk

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.

Winners announced: UKLA Academic Book Award 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015 . Posted by Trish

The winner and highly commended authors are announced today for the UKLA Academic Book Award 2015

The panel- teachers, headteachers, consultants and HE lecturers considered the seven shortlisted books carefully. Subjects ranged 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 shortlisted titles evidence a passion for the teaching of English, all make distinctive contributions to the field.

After much debate, our worthy winner is:

Margaret M Clark for Learning to be Literate: Insights from research for policy and practice

This self-published book charts over half a century of research, and is a timely reminder that rigorous research is essential for an informed view about how best to support children’s literacy development. The panel found it a moving record, of vital importance to classroom teachers and those who steer the processes of education.

In addtion, the panel highly commended:

Mary Roche for Developing Children's Critical Thinking through Picturebooks (published by Routledge)

The voices of children and teachers, richly engaged with picturebooks, resound enthrallingly in this enthusiastic, thoughtful and superbly well-informed account of productive classroom practice.

The award will be presented during the UKLA 51st International Conference, taking place in Nottingham from 10th to 12th July.

Visit the awards pages for more details.

Further critiques of synthetic phonics and the phonics check for 6 year olds in England

Friday, March 27, 2015 . Posted by Trish

Two important critiques by Margaret Clark OBE, on synthetic phonics in literacy learning and the phonics check for 6 year olds in England, are published this week.

The first article, A Critique of Synthetic Phonics.. ..this is the evidence, published in Primary First  Issue 12 pages 22-26.

The second, Encouraging and supporting reading in primary schools in England: the next steps, was published in the Education Journal, Issue 228. 

We are grateful to Margaret Clark,  Primary First and the Education Journal for allowing us to publish the articles on the UKLA website.

Both articles, in addition to footnotes to the first article, can be downloaded below.

 

AA Critique of Synthetic Phonics.. ..this is the evidence by Margaret Clark

Footnotes to An Evidence-based Critique of Synthetic Phonics in Literacy Learning by Margaret Clark

Encouraging and supporting reading in primary schools in England: the next steps by Margaret Clark

Further critiques of the phonics check for 6 year olds in England

Posted by Trish

Two important critiques by Margaret Clark OBE, on synthetic phonics in literacy learning and the phonics check for 6 year olds in England, are published this week.

The first article, An Evidence-based Critique of Synthetic Phonics in Literacy Learning, was published in Issue 12 of Primary First.

The second, Encouraging and supporting reading in primary schools in England: the next steps, was published in the Education Journal, Issue 228. 

We are grateful to Margaret Clark,  Primary First and the Education Journal for allowing us to publish the articles on the UKLA website.

Both articles, in addition to footnotes to the first article, can be downloaded below.

 

An Evidence-based Critique of Synthetic Phonics in Literacy Learning by Margaret Clark

Footnotes to An Evidence-based Critique of Synthetic Phonics in Literacy Learning by Margaret Clark

Encouraging and supporting reading in primary schools in England: the next steps by Margaret Clark

Three authors in the running for a second UKLA Award

Friday, March 13, 2015 . Posted by Trish

For the first time in the awards’ history, three authors have a chance to win a coveted UKLA award, known as the teacher’s Carnegie, for an unprecedented second time. Philip Reeve with his collaboration with Sarah McIntyre, for Oliver and the Seawigs and Gill Lewis, with Scarlet Ibis, are battling it out on the shortlist for the 7-11 award and Elizabeth Wein is shortlisted in the 12 – 16 category for Rose Under Fire,  the sequel to Code Name Verity, which won the category just  just two years ago. There will also be a tough battle in the 3-6 category with a recent Red House Book Award winner, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers up against a past Greenaway medal- winning author Mini Grey with Hermelin the Detective Mouse.

This year 66 teachers from schools in Nottingham, Leicester, Derbyshire, Coventry and Birmingham are judges for the unique UKLA Book Awards. Their shortlists in the three age categories once again show the fresh perspective that class teachers bring to the judging process.  In their search for books which can “enhance all aspects of literacy learning”,  as required by the criteria, they have also selected international authors, debut authors and books in translation in preference to many more established names on the longlists.

To find out more about the shortlists and UKLA Book Award 2015, click here.

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