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Join or start a RTRP group

Looking for a teachers’ reading group which will give you the time and space to reignite your passion for children’s literature?

Find your local RTRP group or find out more about starting one up in your area.

Join an existing RTRP group

Booking for 2021-2022 opens Monday 14 June 2021.
Please check dates for this academic year before applying.

KS2 Gloucestershire KS3 Gloucestershire

Other Regions of England / Country

Join a group to:

  • increase your knowledge and love of children’s books, selected annually by an expert panel
  • share and generate teaching ideas
  • receive free book resources
  • build ideas for developing your school reading community
  • join a national network of teachers and writers
  • raise standards of reading and writing

Set up your own RTRP group

No RTRP group currently in your area? You can set up a group for your Trust or school network (closed group), or a group where teachers from any school can apply to join (open group).

What to expect:

  • groups meet once a half term after school, usually 4.30-6pm
  • they follow a structure but are informal and non-hierarchical
  • a book (selected by the expert panel) is discussed at each meeting and the next book is revealed
  • the year begins with a launch in October and finishes with a sharing session in late June
  • you can meet in person (in a venue of your choice) or online via video link

You will be given:

  • training (via 10-minute video accessed in your own time and an hour zoom call)
  • recruitment guidance
  • a meeting schedule for the year
  • the book list
  • a template plan for each meeting
  • an invitation to a pre-meeting with other group leaders to discuss the book
  • book notes for each book – emailed after the meetings have taken place
  • supporting resources including messages from the authors to share with your group

In addition you can choose to:

  • write a blog for the RTRP website
  • apply for free books for your group if you meet the funding criteria
  • participate in evaluation

Register your interest to set up a new RTRP group

FAQs Find out more about RTRP

If you have any questions, please email education@cheltenhamfestivals.com