Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils

Seven Stories is delighted to be working with Cheltenham Festivals in delivering the Festivals’ network of teacher book groups in the North East of England.

Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils is a Cheltenham Festivals programme delivered in partnership with like-minded organisations across the UK including Book Council of WalesBradford Literature FestivalCentre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), English and Media CentreJust ImagineKEAP, The Writers’ BlockNational Literacy TrustPeters, Seven Stories the National Centre for Children's Books, The Reader, The Story Museum and Wigtown Festival Company.

Set up in 2016, the 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.

Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils gives teachers the time, space and inspiration to engage (or re-engage) with children's books. It responds to the need to increase children’s reading for pleasure, which has been revealed as the most important indicator of the future success of the child. It does this strategically by investing in teachers, who are for many children their most significant reading role-model.

Seven Stories will be hosting a primary RTRP programme which is open to all Key Stage 2 teachers. As the selected novels are most appropriate for Year 5/6 pupils, priority is given to teachers of these year groups. To include as many schools as possible, places are limited to two teachers per school.

All sessions will be led by a member of our expert team and will take place at Seven Stories. The group is FREE to attend, and the shared resources are distributed throughout the year along with two copies of each of the 5 titles.

Applications for the next academic year opens on Monday 7 June 2021.

Dates for 2021/22 are as follows:

Launch Event – 14th October 2021 (5-7pm)

Meeting 1 – 11th November 2021 (4.30-6pm)

Meeting 2 – 13th January 2022 (4.30-6pm)

Meeting 3 – 10th March 2022 (4.30-6pm)

Meeting 4 – 5th May 2022 (4.30-6pm)

Meeting 5 – 16th June 2022 (4.30-6pm)

Sharing Session – 7th July 2022 (half-day session in the afternoon)

For more information about this programme and to register to take part, please visit Cheltenham Festivals website.

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This programme is supported by Arts Council England, Thirty Percy and the Unwin Charitable Trust.