UKLA Eastern Region Conference 2018

Inspiring reading and writing: raising standards in English

This event took place 9:00am - 1:00pm Saturday March 17th, 2018
UKLA Eastern Region Conference 2018

Keynote speakers:

Roger McDonald, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Primary Education at the University of Greenwich and Vice President of UKLA

Windows to the imagination: The power of drama in developing children’s imagination. It could be argued that the imagination has been a neglected area of primary education. A history of government policy has led to a shifting pedagogy towards a results agenda at the expense of creativity. Within this talk, I will explore the tensions which exist within the classroom and make the case for a revived principled pedagogy which puts the imagination as a central and crucial aspect of teaching to which all children are entitled. Drawing on recent research and practical classroom experience, I will outline how the use of drama can be used in order to release imaginative thinking in a range of contexts.

SF Said, Author

Reading For Pleasure Changes Lives! An author's thoughts on how we become readers and writers

SF Said's first book, Varjak Paw, won the Smarties Prize for Children's Literature. The sequel, The Outlaw Varjak Paw, won the Blue Peter Book Of The Year. His third book, Phoenix, represents the UK on the IBBY International Honour Book List, was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, and nominated forboth the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals. All three books are currently being taught widely in classrooms around the country. SF has written on children's literature for both the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, and is a passionate advocate of reading for pleasure. He will be talking about his journey from being a young reader to an award-winning writer, and will be sharing thoughts on how children's books have changed his life, and the lives of readers everywhere.


A: Bringing poetry to life in the primary classroom

B: Engaging reluctant writers and readers

C: Text and Image - Hands-on

D: Teaching writing creatively: what works well in practice

Plus Norfolk Children's Book Centre and UKLA Bookstall

For further queries, email Mary Anne Wolpert at [email protected]

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