Please welcome our new book reviews editors for UKLA’s journal, Literacy: Richard Charlesworth and Sadie Phillips.
Richard Charlesworth is an experienced Key Stage 2 teacher and Professional Teaching Enhancement Lead of English at Springwell School, Heston.
Since leading an OU/UKLA Teacher Reading Group, he has spoken at a number of conferences and delivered CPD to local schools on his use of picturebooks within the classroom. He is an advisor for the Research Rich Pedagogies website and UKLA representative for London.
An avid reader, Richard is currently on several book review/award panels, including EmpathyLab, Just Imagine, and his local bookshop, The Alligator’s Mouth.
Having recently completed an MA in Children’s Literature, his research interests include the study of grief and empathy within picturebook and graphic novel texts for children. He has undertaken action research within schools, focusing on how refugee-themed picturebooks can ‘scaffold’ children’s understanding of the refugee experience.
Sadie Phillips is a KS2 Teacher and English Specialist at a primary school in South East London. She studies part-time at Goldsmiths University, where she is completing her Masters in Children’s Literature. Sadie has a
passion for Literacy for Pleasure and has led CPD workshops and talks on this subject.
Sadie is both a Writing for Pleasure Affiliate and UKLA/OU Reading for Pleasure Teachers’ Reading Group Leader. In 2019, Sadie won the OU/UKLA Egmont Reading for Pleasure Teacher of the Year Award in the experienced
category and delivered the practitioner keynote at the OU/UKLA RfP Conference later that same year. Sadie enjoys being a Teacher-Reader and a Teacher-Writer, sharing her literacy practice and pedagogy via her blog.
UKLA members can access Literacy Journal here.