Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils
Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils (RTRP) ignites a love of reading in teachers and children.
RTRP is a national network of teachers reading groups designed to inspire children to read for pleasure because research shows that children who read for pleasure experience high levels of well-being, engage in learning and are successful in life.
RTRP is delivered in partnership with like-minded organisations across the UK including Books Council of Wales, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), English and Media Centre, National Literacy Trust, National Centre for Writing, Peters, Bradford Literature Festival, KEAP (The Writers’ Block), Seven Stories the National Centre for Children’s Books, The Reader, The Story Museum and Wigtown Festival Company.
RTRP would not be possible without the fantastic support of our funders: Gloucestershire Community Foundation, Hitchens Family Trust, Jennifer Hayward & Richard Waite, Keith Norton, Renishaw Charities Committee, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, The Siobhan Dowd Trust and Unwin Charitable Trust.
What is RTRP?
Set up in 2016, this national network of teachers reading groups aims to inspire reading for pleasure because research shows that children who read for pleasure experience high levels of well-being, engage in learning and are successful in life.
How to get involved
Are you 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 how to start your own.
Primary RTRP is open to all Key Stage 2 teachers, but the selected novels are most appropriate for Year 5/6 pupils so priority is given to teachers of these year groups. Secondary RTRP is open to all Key Stage 3 English teachers.
To include as many schools as possible, places are limited to two teachers per school. For KS3 this may include one teacher and one librarian.
"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."
What does RTRP involve?
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.
Five 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, five book group meetings and the Sharing Session.
- It is FREE, including two copies of each book plus tea and cake at each meeting.
We also produce an annual reading for pleasure conference at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in October that links to the RTRP programme.
Check back in May for information about the 2023 conference.
“It was such a wonderful conference: thought provoking, inspirational and dynamic”- Conference Delegate, 2022
RTRP Meeting Dates
Peters is the Official Book Supplier of Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils
Visit their website to view our RTRP special offers for your classroom and library books. With an expert team of librarians and curriculum consultants to advise on all your reading requirements, Peters are a leading specialist school supplier of children’s books.
You can see previous RTRP books here: