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TEP Talks: Reading for Pleasure - Building Communities of Readers with Teresa Cremin

Event Date: 14 January 2021

The latest in our TEP Talks series. This webinar will be led by Professor Teresa Cremin - a Professor of Education (Literacy) at The Open University in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies.


It is widely recognised that children who read for pleasure improve their life chances, not just academically, but also in relation to their wellbeing and social relationships. Research has shown however that children in England read less often and don’t enjoy reading as much as their counterparts in other countries.

This evidence-informed webinar, drawing on the Open University's research into reading for pleasure, will offer practical ways forward to support the development of readers who not only can, but do choose to read and find enjoyment in the process. It will explore:

  • the benefits and challenges of reading for pleasure
  • ways to develop richer repertoires of children’s literature and other texts
  • strategies for getting to know your children as readers EYFS - Year Six
  • an effective RfP pedagogy.

Such a pedagogy includes the creation of relaxed ‘social reading environments’ in schools, where children and their teachers read together, both aloud and independently, discuss what they are reading and share recommendations informally. Through sharing 'books in common' and something of their own journeys as readers, communities of engaged readers are built.

The session will link to the Oxford University Reading for Pleasure website https://www.researchrichpedagogies.org/research/reading-for-pleasure

Further details on Professor Teresa Cremin can be found on our conference pages.

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