Join the CLPE-Cheltenham Festivals' Reading Teachers=Reading Pupils book group

CLPE is delighted to announce we will once again be partnering with Cheltenham Festivals, and our involvement in delivering the Festivals’ network of teacher book groups, Reading Teachers=Reading Pupils.


Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils 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, KEAP (The Writers’ Block), National Literacy Trust, Peters, Seven Stories the National Centre for Children's Books and The Reader.

Set up in 2016, the national network of teachers 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. The programme aims to give teachers the time, space and inspiration to (re-)engage with children’s books and the stimulus to foster reading for pleasure within their classrooms.

Speaking at London Book Fair in March 2019, Ali Mawle Education Director at Cheltenham Festivals, explained the Festival’s motivations behind the national roll out of the programme:

“We know that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success. Through our work with over 70 primary schools in Gloucestershire we are seeing first-hand the incredible impact Reading Teachers=Reading Pupils is having, not just in individual classrooms but throughout the school. We are delighted to work with CLPE, Just Imagine, Peters and Seven Stories who share our belief in the power of books to further well-being and social opportunity.“

Commencing in Autumn 2020, the CLPE will be hosting a series of five sessions for primary teachers. Key dates are as follows:

21st October 2020 – Annual Launch

18th November 2020 – Book Group 1

20th January 2021 - Book Group 2

10th March 2021 - Book Group 3

5th May 2021 - Book Group 4

16th June 2021 - Book Group 5

8th July 2021 – Sharing Day

All sessions will be led by members of our expert teaching team at the CLPE, and will run from 4.30-6.00pm apart from the Sharing Day which will start at 1:00pm and finish at 6:00pm.

Find out more and register to participate in the Reading Teachers=Reading Pupils book group

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