Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils

Key Dates & Information

Five teachers reading groups are running in Gloucestershire in 2018/19 – in Cheltenham, Cirencester, Coleford, Gloucester and Stroud.

The programme is open to all Key Stage 2 teachers, but the selected novels will be most appropriate for Year 5/6 pupils so priority will be given to teachers of these year groups. To include as many schools as possible, places are limited to two teachers per school.

The project is also being piloted by a group of trainee teachers at the University of Gloucestershire.

For more information on our book group meetings, please see below or click this link to view and download

At Waterstones we strongly support well thought through initiatives that get more children to read, and equally those that encourage children who read to read more. Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils project has great potential and will receive our committed backing.

James Daunt, Managing Director, Waterstones

5 things to know about Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils:

  1. There will be no more than 12 teachers in each group
  2. Discussion at each meeting will focus on:
    • How pupils received the previous book (from mg 2 onwards)
    • The focus book – your personal response as well as ideas for teaching: key questions to instigate conversations around the issues and themes raised; writing opportunities; local trips/experiences; possible engaging starting points; passages for effective models of authorial techniques
    • Other texts (in a variety of media) which link to the focus book
    • The next book. You will take away two free copies, one for yourself and one for the school
  3. How you introduce the novels will vary from classroom to classroom. The minimum expectation is to introduce all five novels to pupils to read for pleasure, and to use two novels as the context for units of work
  4. Success relies on continuity, so we ask that you commit to the Event Launch, 5 meetings and the Sharing Day
  5. Pupils will come face-to-face with at least one of the focus authors at a special event at the end of summer term.

……and it is FREE, including tea and cake at each meeting!

Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils gives teachers the time and space to share children’s literature in a professional capacity with a view to engendering the rich teaching of literacy.

I get a lot from this. My teaching is better because of it. Not just with these books, but it has made me a better teacher.

Lisa Loxton, The Rissington School

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