Our Class Loves This Book: The John Downing Award

This prestigious UKLA Award celebrates a class’ response (led by their teacher) to one of the books shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards.

This award encourages teachers to explore a book in detail, by not only looking at the author and the text, but also immersing their classes into worlds of possibility thinking. Teachers may decide to use their chosen book as part of a theme they are teaching with their children, it could be an author study, or maybe a one off exploration - the choice is theirs!

The response can be presented in any way, e.g. through information technology, dance, art, drama, writing, music, spoken presentation or any combination of these.

Entries for 2019, based on the 2018 Book Awards shortlists , are invited Autumn term 2018 and Spring term 2019. The deadline is Friday 22nd of February 2019. 

The winning teachers (and their authors) are invited to the UKLA International Conference Sheffield from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July as guests of the Association, honoured at the awards ceremony and invited to present a seminar at the conference.

UKLA also hopes to arrange an author visit to the winning schools.