Book your tickets for the next RfP conference, ‘Reading Teachers: More Than Teachers Who Read’, on Saturday 1st October 9.30am – 4pm at The Open University in Milton Keynes. We will focus on the impact of Reading Teachers and how to develop your practice, with workshops throughout the day. Plus, we’ll be joined by award-winning author Katya Balen. Don’t miss out!
Check out the awards section of our website to stay up-to-date with the latest book award winners. We have recently uploaded details of lots of 2022 winners including the Oscar’s Book Prize, The British Book Awards, the English 4-11 Picture Book Awards and the Carnegie Greenaway Awards.
Hold the date: Kickstart your new term with a special RfP webinar!
Start the new term by enthusing colleagues about Reading for Pleasure! Join us on Wednesday 7th September 4.00-5.00pm for a special Teachers' Reading Challenge webinar, a wonderful way to encourage staff to widen their reading repertoire. It will also feature contributions from two well-known contemporary children’s authors. Booking details will be released soon.
There’s still time to join in the Teachers’ Reading Challenge and achieve your reading goals this summer. If you want to expand your repertoire of children’s literature, then why not join in this free self-set opportunity.
It was great to see many of you at the introductory webinar with Teresa Cremin recently. We hope you found it useful to learn more about this PD for Pearson’s Bug Club members. Click here to learn more about becoming a Bug Club member and developing your RfP practice.
We have loved seeing pictures of your #Booknics (reading picnics with books) this summer! It looks like many of you have been outside with your pupils enjoying the warm weather and a good book. We hope the children have enjoyed this special time to read and relax. And for any future ‘booknic-ers’, do tag us in your Twitter pics using @OpenUni_RfP
LoveReading has launched a new bookshop enabling readers to purchase directly from their site, with 25% of the cover price being donated to a school. It is in response to research which found that 60% of classrooms have no access to a budget for new books. Teresa Cremin, a member of its inaugural Advisory Board notes, “Children deserve access to diverse texts and this online bookshop with its unique social stance will surely help.” Read the full article on The Bookseller.
We have now contacted the five lucky winners of our fifth anniversary book giveaway, who have each won ten books for their chosen school! A huge congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part. Do keep your eyes peeled for future giveaways.
Nicola has worked as a copywriter and journalist before embarking on a career as a children’s author. One of her favourite childhood books is Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh thanks to its authentic feel and astute writing.
The OU Reading Schools Programme: Building a Culture of Reading
In July our OU Reading Schools programme graduates presented their RfP learning for senior leaders, OU staff, governors and distinguished guests. There were insights, triumphs and revelations. As leaders look forward to their next steps in September, the OU team wish to congratulate all the schools involved and wish them well at sustaining their new cultures of reading.
OU/UKLA Teacher Reading Groups
TRG leaders have worked hard to complete their groups' sessions in June and July and members have been uploading their Examples of Practice to the website ever since! If you have an EOP ready to send, then head over to the 'share your practice' page on our website.
We started our first parent book club this year which has given parents an opportunity to share their love of reading and to find out more about children’s literature. We are also looking forward to combining reading out loud with our annual music and art festival of creativity! Above are our books from Year R – 6 for Autumn 1. Read more.
If you are thinking of leading a TRG in the future, check out our article in the English Association and UKLA English 4-11 magazine, issue 75 Summer 22, to read how some of our most experienced leaders describe the experience. Training for new leaders takes place every June and leaders keep in touch throughout the year with mentoring sessions, RfP events and updates on progress. Get in touch to find out more.
Featured Examples of Practice
As the Teachers’ Reading Challenge is now well and truly underway, we‘ve chosen to feature some fantastic examples of practice related to the research strand, Teachers’ Knowledge of Children’s Literature and Other Texts.
Steve Smith at Watercliffe Meadow Primary School in Sheffield found that staff could only name a limited range of authors and so chose to focus on developing teachers’ knowledge of children’s literature, particularly poetry and picture books. Staff were tasked with summer reads, book exchanges and identifying their own related CPD actions. Since developing an RfP pedagogy the school has seen a huge impact.
In 2019, Clare McGreevy at Lowerplace Primary School, and other members of the Rochdale OU/UKLA Teachers’ Reading Group, first developed a children’s literature festival. The aim was to bring RfP into the wider Rochdale community, to enhance teachers’ knowledge of children’s literature and to encourage parental engagement and reading at home. The festival recently returned in 2022 and was another brilliant success!
This paper by Lydia Menna, Clare Kosnik and Pooja Dharamshi, at separate Universities in Canada, reports on a qualitative research study that examined how 10 literacy teacher educators utilised children’s literature to help teacher trainees engage with social issues and support their work with diverse learners.
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