RT=RP Conference Speakers

Reading Teachers=Reading Pupils Conference

Tuesday 12 October 2021 9.00am – 4.30pm

Reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s future success. (OECD, 2010). We believe when teachers read, pupils read.

Cheltenham Festivals’ Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils (RTRP) programme has been running for six years, reaching 15,500 pupils across the country through a network of teachers’ reading groups.  

Join us for a conference that will empower and equip delegates to bring books to life in the classroom. A host of authors and literacy experts will contribute to a day of professional development centred on reading for pleasure. With keynotes, a panel discussion on ‘Research to Practice’ and a choice of workshops led by literacy organisations, researchers and writers, the programme offers a holistic approach to inspiring young people to read. 

Tickets can be booked from 21 June 2021.

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About the event

Aimed at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 practitioners, whether you are a senior leader, NQT, experienced classroom teacher or librarian, the RTRP conference will give you the tools and practical ideas to refresh your practice, engage your pupils and ignite their love of reading.  

Ticket includes the full day’s programme including two workshops. Following booking, we will contact you with a form to select workshop preferences and any dietary or access requirements.   

The conference programme takes place close to the Festival Village in Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies College, with workshops in St Andrew’s Church. Further details and a map will be sent before the event. Our volunteers will be on hand to escort you to and from workshops.

Programme

  • 9.00: Registration and refreshments at Parabola Arts Centre
  • 9.30: Welcome: Ali Mawle, founder of RTRP
  • 9.35: Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils: Impact in Schools
    5 teachers share their strategies for igniting reading for pleasure in their school communities.
  • 10.30: AM WorkshopRefreshments will be served at your workshop venue
  • 11.45: Keynote: Aidan Chambers
  • 12.30: Lunch
  • 13.20: Keynote: Onjali Rauf
  • 13.50: Panel Discussion: From Research to Practice
    Children’s book and reading development consultant Jake Hope explores the impact of recent research in reading for pleasure, book talk, representation and reading aloud with Alison David (Farshore), Dr Fiona Maine (University of Cambridge) and Farah Serrouk (CLPE)
  • 15.00: PM WorkshopRefreshments will be served at your workshop venue
  • 16.00: Keynote: Katherine Rundell – Why you should read children’s books even though you are so old and wise.
  • 16.30: Final thoughts, thanks and close

AM Workshop – select from:

  • Setting up a book group using the RTRP model – Ali Mawle, Cheltenham Festivals
  • Reading Picture books with upper KS2 and KS3 – Charlotte Hacking, CLPE
  • From reading to writing: creative responses – Chris Vick, author
  • Our reading history: exploring memory and rereading – Dr Alison Waller, University of Roehampton

PM Workshop – select from:

  • Creative Reading in the Key Stage 3 classroom – Kate Oliver, The English and Media Centre
  • Reading Picture books with upper KS2 and KS3 – Charlotte Hacking, CLPE
  • From reading to writing: creative responses – Frank Cottrell Boyce, author
  • Our reading history: exploring memory and rereading – Dr Alison Waller, University of Roehampton
If you have any questions, please email education@cheltenhamfestivals.com