Professor Margaret Clark writes a critique of the Phonics Screening Check which now dominates Early Years Education. We are grateful to Margaret Clark and the Education Journal for allowing us to reproduce this article.
The 12th year of these unique book awards, which are the only national awards judged by active classroom teachers, sees a revision of the age boundaries and the creation of a new award category for information books, as well as revised judging criteria seeking to make the awards more diverse and inclusive.
Nigel Lungenmuss-Ward is in his second year of teaching after a major career change in his mid-20s. He tells us what inspired him to make the move into education, the satisfaction his role brings him and the benefits he’s received from his UKLA membership.
Leigh Hodgkinson is an author, illustrator of children’s picture books, and co-creator and art director of Cbeebies’ show, Olobob Top. She’ll be participating in a panel discussion about Creativity, Play and Digital Media at the UKLA International Conference in July. Ahead of the event, she spoke to us about the role of digital media in learning.
The unique UKLA Book Awards are the only awards to be judged entirely by teachers who are looking for texts that can “enhance all aspects of literacy learning”.The process ensures they are able to share the books with their classes and discover what genuinely works with young readers in each of the three age categories and so their judgements are soundly based on pupil response.
Call for more and better “play” for adolescents
Teachers, educators and researchers have important role in improving opportunities, says Lalitha Vasudevan, Professor of Technology and Education and Director of the Media and Social Change lab at Teachers College, Columbia University (America) at the UK Literacy Association’s 55th International Conference.