Hello! My name is Sadie Phillips and I am an experienced KS2 Teacher, currently specialising in English at a school in South East London. I also study part-time at Goldsmiths University, where I am currently completing a Masters in Children’s Literature. Through my studies and research projects, I have become particularly interested in representation and diversity in children’s books.
I believe Literacy for Pleasure is the key to fostering successful lifelong readers and writers and I have led numerous talks, workshops and CPD on this topic. I also blog about developing and improving my own literacy practice. For the past few years, I have led an OU/UKLA Teachers’ Reading Group in Blackheath and I was awarded the UKLA Egmont Reading for Pleasure Teacher of the Year in 2019 for my development of reading at a school in East London.
In tandem, I also sit on the UKLA’s Writing for Pleasure Special Interest Group and have participated in Writing for Pleasure research. My goal is to develop and implement a creative, child-centred English curriculum that combines both Reading and Writing for Pleasure pedagogies. Personal highlights have included hosting a KS2 film festival in a local cinema, creating poetry anthologies with Amazon and publishing a series of school magazines.
Since joining the UKLA, I have enjoyed connecting with (and learning from) like-minded educators and librarians across the country. I always leave events and socials feeling inspired and full of enthusiasm! I look forward to meeting many more of you through the London regional network as we come together to share our knowledge, research and experiences.
Any questions? Do get in touch.