Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils

Key Dates & Information

Three teachers reading groups are running in Gloucestershire in 2017/18 – in Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

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 being piloted by a group of trainee teachers at Worcester University.


Date, venue, time

Launch Event*

Thursday 12 October
The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
The Pillar Room, 5.30-6.30pm

Book Group meetings

Group 1


The Black Book Shop
Unit 2, Nelson St GL52HL

Group 2


13-15 Eastgate Street

Group 3


The Suffolk Anthology
17 Suffolk Parade
GL50 2AE

Meeting 1

Monday 6 November

Tuesday 7 November

Wednesday 8 November

Meeting 2

Monday 8 January

Tuesday 9 January

Wednesday 10 January

Meeting 3

Monday 26 February

Tuesday 27 February

Wednesday 28 February

Meeting 4

Monday 23 April

Tuesday 24 April

Wednesday 25 April

Meeting 5

Monday 11 June

Tuesday 12 June

Wednesday 13 June

Sharing Day***

Wednesday 27 June, central location tbc, 9.30am-4.00pm

Author Event****

Friday 29 June, 10.30am – 12.00pm, The Everyman Theatre

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 17 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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If you have any questions, please email