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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. The Schools Library Association support RTRP by recommending titles for wider reading.

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 Session 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

  • There will be no more than 15 teachers in each group.
  • Discussion at each meeting will focus on your personal response to the books as well as ideas for sharing in the classroom.
  • 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.
  • Success relies on continuity, so we ask that you commit to the launch, 5 book group meetings and the Sharing Session.
  • It is FREE, including two copies of each book plus tea and cake at each meeting.

Teachers are the key to so much in a child’s future, we know that, but it needs saying again, loud and clear. For so many of us that first spark that brought us to a love of books and reading came from a teacher. This is a great idea. I’m amazed there isn’t a network like this already.

Michael Morpurgo

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