TES recently reported on Mr Gibb's keynote on Saturday 26 January 2019 at the 'Wonder Years' conference organised by Parents and Teachers for Excellence. This is UKLA's response to his comments that 'evidence has finally trumped rhetoric' and the 'debate' on the best way to teach reading 'is over'.
The five books selected for the shortlist all make unique contributions to the field. Two are edited collections: Arizpe & Cliff Hodges and Daly & Limbrick both explore, in very different ways, the centrality of reading in young people’s lives across a range of countries.
In this article Margaret M. Clark OBE Visiting Professor, Newman University, presents research evidence on the increasing effect of the high stakes nature of the check on children’s early experiences of reading in state schools in England.
The preliminary report of this survey was published online on 6 July 2018. This has now been replaced by the final report: The Phonics Screening Check 2012-2017: An independent enquiry into the views of Head Teachers, teachers and parents. Final Report September 2018 available here.
The judges for these unique book awards, now in their 11th year and the only awards judged by active classroom teachers, will enjoy the challenge of reading a diverse range of exciting texts from debut authors and small imprints, as well as from more established authors and publishers, selected for them by an experienced panel of past teacher judges, ex-teachers, librarians and consultants.