Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils 2022-23

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 WalesBradford Literature FestivalCentre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), English and Media Centre (EMC), Just ImagineNational Literacy TrustKEAP (The Writers’ Block), PetersSeven Stories the National Centre for Children's BooksThe ReaderWigtown 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 is hosting a secondary RTRP programme. 

We will be hosting a KS3 group at our centre in Islington. All sessions are 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. If you’re outside London, have a look on the on the Cheltenham Festivals RTRP website to see if there is a group running near you.

Applications for the year 2022-23

For more information about this programme, please visit the Cheltenham Festivals website

To apply for a place click here for the application form. 

If you have any questions, please email Kate.

EMC Key Dates 2022-23

Our meetings. led by Kate Oliver , run after school, lasting for 90 minutes. 

Launch event

  • 18th October 2022

Reading group meetings (4.30-6pm):

  • Group meeting 1 22nd November 2022
  • Group meeting 2 17th January 2023
  • Group meeting 3 21st March 2023 
  • Group meeting 4 2nd May 2023
  • Group meeting 5 27th June 2023
  • Sharing session 11th July 2023


Sharing session

  • 11th July 2023


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