UKLA National Conference 2017

Finding and Sharing Pleasure in Reading *Fully Booked*

This event took place 9:30am - 3:45pm Saturday March 18, 2017
UKLA National Conference 2017

UKLA in collaboration with The Open University

International evidence indicates reading for pleasure offers significant benefits, cognitively, socially and emotionally. It is an overarching aim in the English NC that pupils develop a ‘love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment (DfE, 2013). This one day conference will help you explore ways to develop your own knowledge of children’s literature and create an authentic, flexible and engaging reading for pleasure pedagogy that supports young readers. It will offer challenges and new ideas based developed by teachers in UKLA’s Teachers as Readers research. As part of the conference, we are excited to launch a vibrant, research-informed OU Reading for Pleasure website to support the profession. All workshops are led by practising teachers and members of the website Teacher Advisory Group alongside Teresa Cremin and Mary Anne Wolpert.

Come to be inspired and make more of a difference in your classroom!


Author Keynote: Learning the language of pictures, Alexis Deacon, Author and Illustrator

Alexis Deacon graduated from Brighton and his picture books include Slow Loris, shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award, Beegu, shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway, the award-winning A Place to Call Home and I Am Henry Finch. Alexis illustrated Russell Hoban’s children’s books, Soonchild and Jim’s Lion and was chosen as one of Booktrust’s Ten Best new Illustrators in 2008. He lives in South East London. 

Research to practice keynote: Building Communities of Readers, Teresa Cremin (OU) and Mary Anne Wolpert (University of Cambridge)

Building on the UKLA Teachers as Readers project on reading for pleasure Teresa and Mary Anne have been working on a new user-community OU website to support the profession in fostering children’s ( and teachers’) pleasure in reading. They will explore key strategies for building richly reciprocal and interactive reading communities and will launch the website.

Librarian Keynote: Widening your knowledge of children’s literature, Marilyn Brocklehurst, Norfolk Children’s Book Centre

Marilyn Brocklehurst worked as a Children’s and Schools’ Librarian before setting up Norfolk Children’s Book Centre in her garden in North Norfolk. She will explore how children engage with texts, illustrating her talk with a range of wonderful examples of children’s literature.


Workshop A:

Reading teachers: Teresa Cremin, Stephanie Davis, Becky Thomson,

Do the children know you are a reader? Do you ever talk about yourself as a reader in school? Perhaps you explore connections between being a teacher who reads and a reader who teaches? This workshop will help us draw on our histories and practices as readers to inform how we support children’s RfP. We will share practical activities to help you develop as a Reading Teacher - awake to difference, diversity and purposes and open to sharing your delight in reading so that children reap the benefits.

Workshop B

What would happen if Miss Cheese got too close to the sun? Discovering children’s reading interests and using a satisfying and diverse range of texts to inspire writing: Lauren Freedman, Claire Williams

Surely she would melt into the longest stringy-cheese in the universe! Perhaps she would explode into a million fatty globules! Books like Mini Grey’s Egg Drop act as a springboard that ignites the imagination, transforming readers into writers. Join us to explore a range of exciting picture books that have inspired writing in our classrooms.

Workshop C:

Building communities of readers through spontaneous inside book talk conversations: Mary Anne Wolpert, Becky Denby, Emma Futter

Talking about texts and talking about reading is at the heart of a genuine Reading for Pleasure pedagogy. This workshop will explore practical ways in which children can be encouraged to engage in spontaneous talk about books between themselves. There will be a range of exciting texts, including interactive and pop-up picturebooks to explore and opportunities to discuss how these can be integrated in classrooms.

Workshop D

Building reading communities workshop: Jon Biddle, Kelly Grove

Sharing practical strategies to help engage the school & local communities in reading for pleasure. Includes simple but effective ideas to involve all members of school staff, using social media (Twitter and blogging) to reach out to the wider community, possible activities that families can do together and how to make the most of parental and community expertise.

NB: The NQT price is also open to unwaged/retired

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