One size does not fit all: UKLA’s response to Nick Gibbs latest comments on the phonics debate

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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'.

UKLA is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Academic Book Award

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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.

Margaret M Clark OBE debates the phonics screening test and the evidence behind it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Margaret M Clark OBE has published three more articles on the phonics screening test in the Education Journal and the Education Journal Review.

Why the Government’s Latest Phonics Funding Could Be Better Used Elsewhere

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Eve Bearne of the UK Literacy Association explains why the government’s latest round of spending on phonics ought to be directed elsewhere

UKLA and LoveReading launch a new scheme for teachers

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

​We are delighted to announce that the UKLA is embarking upon an even deeper partnership with our friends at LoveReading. Would you be interested in becoming a Teacher Reviewer for them?

Has the Government got reading priorities right in England?

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

UKLA comments on the latest announcement from the conservative government that it will spend £26.3 million on 32 new English hubs

National Poetry Day 2018: The UKLA Book Awards celebrate poetry on the 2019 longlists

Monday, October 01, 2018

​On National Poetry Day, UKLA Book Awards 2019 invite you to dip into longlisted books that celebrate rhyme and rhythm and free verse.

The phonics Screening Check: Intended and unintended effects on early years classrooms in England

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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.

Update on the independent enquiry into views on the Phonics Screening Check

Thursday, September 13, 2018

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.


Monday, September 10, 2018

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.

International Literacy Day – September 8th 2018

Thursday, September 06, 2018

International Literacy Day reminds us of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and promotes a literacy agenda that supports a more literate and sustainable society.

Preliminary report of the independent survey of the Phonics Screening Check

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

​On 6th July the preliminary report of the independent survey of the Phonics Screening Check was launched on the Newman University website...

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