Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils (RTRP) is a Cheltenham Festivals programme delivered in partnership with like-minded organisations across the UK including Bradford Literature Festival, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), Just Imagine, National Literacy Trust, KEAP (The Writers’ Block), Peters, Seven Stories the National Centre for Children’s Books and The Reader. Bradford Literature festival is proud to be delivering this project in Yorkshire.

The primary aim of Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils is to inspire a love of reading because children who read for pleasure experience high levels of well- being, engage in learning and are successful in life.

The programme reaches pupils through their teachers, the most significant gatekeepers of many children’s reading experience. RTRP builds a reading community of teachers; giving them the time, space and inspiration to (re)engage with children’s books. The conversations that are had in these communities between teachers encourage, empower and equip them to create vibrant and dynamic reading communities in their classes, their schools and their local communities.

Over the year, the commitment required from participating teachers is to:

  • Attend each session
  • Read the book in advance of each reading group meeting
  • Introduce all of the books to the pupils in their class
  • Read at least 2 of the books aloud to the children in their class
  • Plan and deliver a unit of work around at least two of the books over the year
  • Case study three contrasting children over the year using the guidance provided
  • Present their learnings at a Sharing Day

Dates & Further Information

Applications Open | Tuesday 9th June 2020

Launch Event | Thursday 15th October 2020

Meeting 1 | Thursday 19th November 2021

Meeting 2 | Thursday 21st January 2021

Meeting 3 | Thursday 4th March 2021

Meeting 4 | Thursday 29th April 2021

Meeting 5 | Thursday 10th June 2021

Sharing Day | Friday 2nd July 2021

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