Winners Announced: NEU Sponsored places for the UKLA International Conference.

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UKLA is delighted to announce our first NEU teacher awards for fully funded UKLA International Conference places. 

Teachers who are current members of the UKLA and the NEU were invited to submit for sponsored places based on their experience of reading and discussing books longlisted and shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards and sharing these books in classrooms, across the school and in the local community.  They were also asked to detail their engagement in other UKLA activities.

The 2024 teacher winners are:

Richard Charlesworth

Stephen Dilley

Theresa Gooda

Hannah Grace

Aaishah Rauf 

The panel were impressed with the level of commitment, engagement and detailed knowledge of texts evidenced by the 5 winning teachers.  Books have been shared, read and loved in classrooms, across the school and in the local community.  These teachers have also spoken at UKLA conferences, at the UKLA secondary network, and have been involved in a variety of UKLA award panels.

My classroom library is predominantly made up of UKLA longlisted books from recent years. 2019’s Long Way Down (Jason Reynolds) remains one of my most borrowed books for reluctant readers. I have had to replace copies several times. I used The Last Paper Crane (Kerry Drewery/Natsko Seki) and Run Rebel (Manjeet Mann) from the 2021 shortlist to reinvigorate our department’s curriculum in 2021. Tsunami Girl (Julian Sedgewick/Chie Kutsuwada) brought manga into the classroom in 2022 and inspired creative writing :underwater superheroes, part cartoon-manga, part-prose stories, writing with language/objects from another culture and stories based around historical events. Theresa Gooda

I am a governor at my local primary school, and many of the longlisted titles I have been sent have pride of place in their new school library. In 2020, when lockdown prevented me going into school and sharing shortlisted titles

with children there, I instead shared them with families on my street and discussed them over Zoom. I also regularly contribute book reviews to my local parish magazine, featuring a number of UKLA titles (most recently The Eleventh Trade and The Suitcase from the 2020 shortlists to tie in with the theme of Doing Good.) Stephen Dilley

Panel: Joy Court, Lynda Graham (chair), Christine Lockwood, Elizabeth Robertson, Rebecca Simpson- Hargreaves, Jenny Taylor.

The UKLA are also pleased to announce the 2024 awards for

NEU Student sponsored International Conference places.

HE tutor members of the UKLA were invited to register to shadow books from this year’s longlists with groups of students and to nominate students who showed commitment to discussions and shared some of these books in schools and the wider community.  The panel has awarded 3 student places this year. 


The winning students are:

Louise Kiernan,

 Nominated by Rebecca Simpson-Hargreaves, University of Manchester

Lucy Gavin

Nominated by Anna Harrison, University of Roehampton

John Pinho

Nominated by Dan Northover, University of the West of England

The panel was pleased to see evidence of students organising book groups, and sharing and working with their chosen books in classrooms and the wider community.

John is now passionate about sharing high-quality children’s literature with children and exploring the longlisted books in depth has added to his excitement and commitment to using such books to inspire children to choose to read. When reflecting on the process, he commented that: ‘. Pupils’ eyes light up as they explore new worlds and connect with diverse characters. Once they have shared their excitement to have their own copy, parents eagerly seek out these books for their children, and seeing librarians want to add these titles to their shelves fills me with hope for a future where every child has access to enriching literature that nurtures their love for reading’. I couldn’t agree more!

Dan Northover, UWE

Involvement in the UKLA Book Awards shadowing books from the longlistIt has been a pleasure to involve Louise in shadowing. She excitedly discussed the range of texts that were chosen and what each text could bring to the classroom for the range of year groups they covered. She chose Whose Tracks in the Snow? to use on placement. Louise was able to use the school’s rural situation to her advantage whilst exploring the book with her year 1/2 class in an experimental and interactive way.

Rebecca Simpson-Hargreaves University of Manchester

I would like to nominate Lucy for a place at the UKLA conference. This is due to her commitment to reading both lists 3-6 and 7-10 years and for leading the book club for a few sessions in the autumn term with 1st and 2nd year undergraduates. She travels in especially for the half an hour lunchtime club and with enthusiasm talks to other students.

Lucy has also set up an Instagram account for all the undergraduates on the BA Primary Education (QTS) programme as well adding an interactive poster to our university cafe. The Instagram and interactive poster are all designed to get students talking about children’s texts and children’s’ reading practices. Anna Harrsion, Roehampton university.

Anna Harrison University of Roehampton

Panel:  Joy Court, Lynda Graham (chair), Christine Lockwood, Simon Pollard, Sukwinder Samra, Jenny Taylor.

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