This conference will invite delegates to explore inequalities in literacy education, the challenges that inequalities cause for learners, and ways of addressing these challenges to enable all children to experience the advantages of literacy
The pandemic has highlighted, with alarming clarity, the educational inequalities across the United Kingdom – these inequalities have always existed, but have been brought into sharp relief through the closure of schools during Covid lockdowns. Of course, these inequalities also exist on a global level, due to poverty, conflict, racism and political decision-making. We believe in the empowerment that literacy brings and that all young learners should have access to the pleasures and privileges that being literate confers. Literacy is a gateway to the comfort of curling up with a good book, or of writing a poem which crystallises how we feel about ourselves and our world; it is also a gateway to democratic participation, to communicating about those things which matter most to us, to changing the world. It is also, of course, a gatekeeper to educational attainment and future career pathways. In thinking about literacy as enabling advantage for all, we adopt a broad sense of what it means to be literate, not only reading and writing, but also confidence with spoken language and with digital literacies. This conference will invite delegates to explore inequalities in literacy education, the challenges that inequalities cause for learners, and ways of addressing these challenges to enable all children to experience the advantages of literacy. It will also explore teaching approaches which generate empowerment through literacy, both ‘mainstream’ classroom activities and approaches which expand our sense of what is possible, perhaps through collaborative work with arts partners, the community, or industry.
Why not share your research or your teaching expertise with others in an informal, supportive and stimulating environment?
Read about the presentation formats and how to submit here: Call for Papers 2022