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Reading for Excellence: SLA One-Day Conference

The SLA's one-day conference in November 2014 was planned around the Reading for Pleasure agenda in schools, aimed at teachers, headteachers and school librarians and included speakers on the following topics:

  • Reading Research and Insights into Achievement – Prof Clare Wood, University of Coventry
  • Reading and Change – Karen Goulding, University of Reading
  • Thinking Skills and Reading – Sue Dixon of The Thinking Child
  • Working with/supporting young people who are identifying as LGBTQ – John Vincent of The Network
  • Creating Readers – Prue Goodwin, Independent Consultant and Lecturer
  • Ofsted, School Libraries and Reading – Marilyn Mottram, HMI Deputy National Lead for English and Literacy.

Selected presentations from the Conference are available below.

Presentation by Prue Goodwin

  • Creating Readers

Goodwin PruePrue Goodwin.
Prue Goodwin is a freelance lecturer in literacy and children’s books. Her work includes running courses; speaking at conferences; consultancy to publishers of children’s books; and, researching literacy development in schools. Whilst lecturing at the University of Reading (between 1992 and 2010), she organised highly popular in-service courses for teachers and publishers, tutored trainee teachers and ran an MA module on Children’s Books in Education. Prue has several publications to her name, her most recent being an SLA Guideline entitled Creating Readers. She works as a consultant to many children’s publishers and alongside colleagues in organisations concerned with national standards of literacy. She uses her personal, as well as her professional, enthusiasm to infect readers – no matter what their age – with a passion for literature

Presentation by Karen Goulding

  • Reading and Change

Goulding KarenKaren Goulding NPQH, Learning Hub Director:
I am a highly qualified and experienced educator with experience in the UK and overseas, ranging from Early Years to adults, in the private and state sector. I have had varied and extensive responsibilities including: Executive Manager, Head Teacher, Deputy, Coordinator, Class teacher and SENCO. I have been whole school coordinator for: Inclusion, behaviour, EAL, assessment, PSHE, safeguarding, RE, attendance. Prior to my most present employment as Learning Hub Director, at the University of Reading, I was Resources and Communications Manager at The National Centre for Language and Literacy. Contact details for any further details are -




Presentation by John Vincent

  • Working with/supporting young people who are identifying as LGBTQ

Vincent JohnJohn Vincent of The Network.
John Vincent has worked in the public sector since the 1960s, primarily for Hertfordshire, Lambeth and Enfield library services. In 1997, he was invited to become part of the team that produced the UK’s first review of public libraries and social exclusion (from which The Network originated).
John now runs courses and lectures, writes, produces regular newsletters and ebulletins, and lobbies for greater awareness of the role that libraries, archives, museums, and the cultural & heritage sector play in contributing to social justice.
He is particularly interested in supporting the work that libraries do with young people in care, with LGBT people, and with ‘new arrivals’ to the UK. In September 2010, the book he co-authored with John Pateman, Public libraries and social justice, was published by Ashgate; and, in January 2014, he published LGBT people and the UK cultural sector ... (also published by Ashgate). In February 2014, John was given a CILIP CDEG Special Diversity Award, and, in September, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of CILIP.

Making our libraries LGBTQ-friendly – notes from the Workshop

·         Our role is to support LGBTQ students (and staff) …

·         … and to send out a message to the whole school

·         Provide reading material available to everybody

·         Provide information, including leaflets, posters, online access

·         Support events & activities, eg Pride, LGBT History Month

·         We need to ensure that the library is a safe space for all students – and therefore will need to intervene to deal with homophobia, etc

·         The school library is a social space – and that’s part of its welcome for all students

·         Ensure that LGBTQ themes run through everything we do (eg Black History Month displays) – a “subtle quota” of material everywhere! [This is what Schools OUT’s Sue Sanders calls “usualising” LGBTQ]

Handout LGBT Resources SLA Conf 14.11.14

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Presentation by Clare Wood

  • Reading Research and Insights into Achievement

Prof Clare Wood, University of Coventry.
In this presentation Clare will present an overview of work that she has conducted into the factors that can impact achievement in literacy, and draw out some of the more practical messages and implications from them. In particular, she will reference her research which has explored why children need to be aware of speech rhythm, the nature of children’s use of technology and how it can support the development of literacy skills, and how to implement reading groups in secondary school contexts for underachieving children.

Please email Clare Wood for the full research behind this presentation: