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

A selection of the best recently published and classic children’s literature is selected by a panel of experts from academic, publishing and journalistic backgrounds. Authors sign the books, send messages of support and get involved in book talk via Twitter.

Teachers meet throughout the year to discuss the books before taking them into the classroom to share with children.

The programme is book-ended by a Launch in October and a Sharing Day at the end of the year. This inspirational day is an opportunity to share impact and reflect together on practice.

5 Things to know about Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils

1. There will be no more than 15 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 Launch, 5 book group meetings and the Sharing Day.

5. It is FREE, including tea and cake at each meeting.

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

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