Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils

Join the EMC-Cheltenham Festivals' Reading Teachers=Reading Pupils Book Group

The English and Media Centre is delighted to be working with Cheltenham Festivals in delivering the Festivals’ network of teacher book groups in London.

Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils is a Cheltenham Festivals programme delivered in partnership with like-minded organisations across the UK including Book Council of Wales, Bradford Literature Festival, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), English and Media Centre (EMC), Just Imagine, National Literacy Trust, KEAP (The Writers’ Block), Peters, Seven Stories the National Centre for Children's Books, The Reader, Wigtown Festival Company and The Story Museum.

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.

EMC will be hosting a secondary RTRP programme. To include as many schools as possible, only two places are available per school. These could be filled by two KS3 English teachers or a KS3 English teacher and a librarian.

All sessions will be led by Kate Oliver and other members of our expert teaching team at EMC. 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 year 2021-22 are now open (see below). 

EMC Key Dates 2021-2022

Our meetings. led by Kate Oliver​, will run after school, lasting for 90 minutes. Some will be run online and some in-person at The English and Media Centre in Islington. 

Launch event:

  • Tuesday 19th October 2021 4.30-6pm

Reading group meetings (4.30-6pm):

  • Tuesday 23rd November 2021
  • Tuesday 25th January 2022
  • Tuesday 15th March 2022
  • Tuesday 10th May 2022
  • Tuesday 21st June 2022

Sharing session

  • Thursday 30th June 2022

For more information about this programme, please visit Cheltenham Festivals website. To sign up, fill in the booking form here.

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