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No secret: using good models to write narrative in Year 2

by Rebecca Kennedy

In this article, Rebecca Kennedy describes how a year 2 teacher has planned and taught a sequence of literacy lessons for young writers, with cross curricular links to geography and art. 

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About the UKLA Book Awards 2019 Longlists

Find out more about these fantastic books.

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UKLA Book Awards 10th Anniversary Film

A film by UKLA to celebrate the UKLA Book Awards 10th Anniversary. UKLA representatives talk about their favourite books from the past 10 years of the award.

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UKLA Book Awards 2018 Shortlists

The only national book awards which are judged by teachers. View the 2018 shortlist.


UKLA News Summer 2018

In this edition, news of UKLA Award Winners, a school visit by illustrator Lucy Letherland, a spotlight on our new Developing a Culturally Inclusive Curriculum materials and a piece from UKLA long standing member Professor Greg Brooks.

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Types and sequences of self‐regulated reading of low‐achieving adolescents

by Ilona de Milliano, Peter Sleegers, Amos van Gelderen

This study examines the relationship between types and sequences of self‐regulated reading activities in task‐oriented reading with quality of task achievement of 51 low‐achieving adolescents (Grade 8).

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Free the sheep: improvised song and performance in and around a minecraft community

by Chris Bailey

This article draws upon data from a year‐long ethnographic study, investigating a group of ten and eleven year old children's engagement with the video game ‘Minecraft’ as they collaborate to build a ‘virtual community’. 


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UKLA/ Wiley-Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award 2017 shortlist

The Award is given annually for papers published in each of UKLA’s journals - Literacy and Journal of Research in Reading (JRR) - judged to be exemplary in terms of criteria applied in both journals. Literacy and JRR are peer-reviewed journals with international reputations for excellence. The panel chair is Professor Jackie Marsh.

UKLA congratulates all the shortlisted authors.

The winning authors will be announced at the


Developing a Culturally Inclusive Curriculum

by Jane Bednall, Sharon Fell, Niv Culora

Developing a Culturally Inclusive Curriculum by Jane Bednall, Sharon Fell and Niv Culora

This UKLA online professional development resource is designed to support schools in developing a culturally inclusive curriculum.

The materials aim to:

  • develop an understanding of how the culturally relevant curriculum is beneficial to all pupils
  • suggest ways to build on the language and cultural assets pupils bring from their home and community experience to strengthen learning
  • explore how the curriculum can reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of society
  • encourage the use of a diverse range of texts and texts types that across a year of teaching will represent all aspects of pupils’ cultures, faiths, sexuality, diverse families etc. so that they will recognise themselves in the texts, learn empathetically about each other and will feel safe to bring their own stories into the classroom
  • suggest ways of adapting planning, teaching and learning to be inclusive for pupils who are learning English as an additional language or pupils from Minority Ethnic groups
  • explore how a culturally diverse approach to teaching can raise achievement.

In developing a culturally inclusive curriculum, nobody is expected to be the expert. Teachers, trainees, pupils and communities can draw on one another’s experience and expertise and create a curriculum that represents everyone’s stories, rather than just the story of the dominant few. By opening up thinking and moving away from a Eurocentric curriculum, teachers can explore intercultural perspectives with pupils, developing young people’s active interest in the world and their relationships to it.

UKLA is grateful to the London Borough of Newham and Mishti Chatterji of Mantra Lingua Press for permission to reproduce parts of the book Developing a Culturally Inclusive Curriculum (2008).


UKLA News Spring 2018

In this edition, The Reading Challenge: A perspective on PIRLS, a spotlight on our Ambassador for Australia Paul Gardner, Desert Island Books by Geraldine Magennis and obituaries for Brenda Eastwood and Liz Grugeon.

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Talking, Listening and Learning: UKLA Occasional paper

Occasional papers are prepared by groups of UKLA members, usually based on the work of UKLA Special Interest Groups, to offer up-to-date perspectives on contemporary issues. This Occasional Paper draws on research and theory to suggest practical approaches to enhance the role of talk in both primary and secondary classrooms.

For more information on UKLA Special Interest Groups see