UKLA/Wiley Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award Shortlist Announced

Monday, February 02, 2015 . Posted by Trish

The UKLA/ Wiley-Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award is a prestigious prize bestowed on the best article in the Journal of Research in Reading (JRR) and Literacy in the previous year. Both are peer-reviewed journals with international reputations for excellence.

The shortlists are chosen by working parties convened by the editors of JRR and Literacy, this year Cathy Burnett & Julia Davies and Julia Caroll.  Awards to the winning authors will be presented at the 51st UKLA International Conference in Nottingham.

See the shortlist here.

UKLA Response to the Consultation on Teacher Professional Development

Posted by Trish

UKLA Response to the Consultation on Teacher Professional Development : ' A World Class Teaching Profession'

UKLA has today sent its response to the DFE regarding the latest consultation. This consultation concerns the current government's proposals for teacher professional development in England and focuses on;

  • Improving the quality of professional development and learning undertaken by all teachers; and
  • Facilitating the establishment of a new independent professional body for teaching (a “College of Teaching”).

UKLA's response can be downloaded below.

Download the response here

Shortlist announced: UKLA Academic Book Award 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 . Posted by Trish

Publishers submitted an unprecedented number of books for the prestigious UKLA Academic Book Award 2015. The panel- teachers, consultants, librarians and HE tutors- discussed a strong field of entries from a range of academic publishers. After much debate, seven titles were chosen for the shortlist. Subjects range 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 evidence a passion for the teaching of English, all make distinctive contributions to the field. The final panel has a difficult task ahead!

The winner will be announced during the UKLA International Conference to be held at the College for Leadership, Nottingham July 10-12th

Download the shortlist below.

UKLA Academic Book Award 2015 Shortlist

UKLA submits evidence on Phonics to Select Committee

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 . Posted by Trish

On Friday 12th December UKLA submitted evidence to the House of Commons Education Committee after the committee made a call for evidence on a range of educational topics. UKLA chose to submit evidence regarding the role of phonics in the early teaching of reading as there is a need by policy makers in England to make decisions based on the full range of evidence in this area. UKLA's submission can be downloaded below.

UKLA Response to DfE statement

UKLA Response to the Consultation on the Draft Performance Descriptors

Monday, December 15, 2014 . Posted by Trish

UKLA has today sent its response to the DFE regarding the Draft Performance Descriptors for Reading and Writing and both KS1 and 2. These descriptrs are designed to support teacher assessment at the end of the key stage under the new National Curriculum for schools in England.

UKLA's response is based on a very successful and well attended open meeting for members held in November. UKLA has significant concerns about the Performance Descriptors as they currently stand, as outlined in our response that can be downloaded below.

Draft Performance Descriptors for Reading and Writing


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