Date of release: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Roger McDonaldA Senior Lecturer and expert in literacy from the University of Greenwich has become Vice-President of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA).

Roger McDonald will carry out the role for the next two years and will then become President Elect. Roger first joined UKLA over a decade ago as a teacher representative on the National Council.

He says: "I am so proud to be appointed as Vice-President of such a prestigious organisation. In my role I aim to engage students and teachers in creative and imaginative ways to advance literacy education across the United Kingdom."

Roger is the author of a number of books and chapters focusing on the teaching of literacy. His most recent book is entitled The Really Useful Drama Book: Using Picture Books to Inspire Imaginative Learning.

A member of the university's Faculty of Education & Health, he leads 'Teacher as Researcher' work with schools. After a recent project in Kent, the CEO of the group of schools involved commented: ''I really feel this is an example of partnership at its best - long may it continue".

The recent successful Ofsted inspection of the initial teacher education partnership highlighted that "the effectiveness of the university is a consequence of very strong partnerships with schools, teaching school alliances, multi-academy trusts, local authorities and other agencies in the region. They work closely together to raise educational achievement locally, regionally and nationally".

UKLA has a mission to advance education in literacy, both in school and out-of-school settings, and promotes good practice in teaching and research. Its members include teachers, teaching assistants, school literacy co-ordinators, researchers, inspectors and librarians.

The University of Greenwich provides initial teacher education across the early years, primary, secondary and lifelong learning sectors. Located at the university's Avery Hill Campus, the university has been training teachers for over a century.

For more about studying at the University of Greenwich's Faculty of Education & Health: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/eduhea

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Photo: Roger McDonald