CAPE, Blackwell's, Wm. Crabtree and Frank Smith Memorial Prizes awarded.
During the reception following Graduation, two Frank Smith memorial prizes were awarded to newly graduated students.
The recipient of the level three Frank Smith Memorial Prize, Louisa Pielichaty, recieved her prize at the Graduation reception on July 14th.
Louisa has been studying a BA (Hons.) Childhood studies during the last three years and will graduate in July with a first class honours degree. Last summer, she joined the Leeds RAG group that went to Peru for a month assisting in a school teaching English to children and also helping with some building work for the school. During every holiday for the past few years, Louisa has helped out at a play facility for children on the Autism Spectrum. She has been accepted to train as a Primary School teacher through the Teach First Programme. Ultimately, she would like to teach children with special/additional needs.
The recipient of the level two prize, Patsy Cummings, is currently on placement abroad, and will be returning to the school to continue her study in English, Language and Education in the autumn.
The William Arthur Crabtree Undergraduate Award for Academic Excellence was awarded to Vivien Annabel, who has performed particularly strongly in her undergraduate course since joining the school from Psychology partway through semester one.
The CAPE UK prize for innovation and creativity was awarded to Abbie-Jade Woodley for her dissertation ‘A study of the constructions of childhood in children’s literature and the effect of dominant discourses on the production and reception of Blyton’s Famous Five books.’
CAPE UK is a non profit organisation that promotes creativity in children’s learning. Abbie’s research used document analysis as a methodological instrument to draw out constructions of childhood and emerging themes in the narrative and illustrations in children’s literature. Her research was supervised by Dr. Becky Parry who recognised Abbie’s work as adopting an innovative methodology to explore children’s literature.
This year, lecturers on the BA Childhood Studies programme awarded the Blackwell's Books prize to Hayley Dixon for her evaluation of a school-based intervention which aims to help children who have fallen behind in their reading.
The Blackwell’s prize is awarded to a student who has ‘gone the extra mile’ in their dissertation. To carry out her research, Hayley spent two afternoons a week for five months conducting the intervention in school and meticulously recording children’s progress in reading. This level of commitment goes far beyond what is normally expected of an undergraduate dissertation and is much more likely to be seen in a Masters-level piece of work.
Hopefully, the experience will stand Hayley in good stead for her future career as a primary school teacher. She’ll be returning to Leeds to start her PGCE in the School of Education in September.