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Reading Groups update

Updates from the Northampton and Bournemouth Teachers' Reading Groups

Shenaz Bagshaw, a teacher in Northampton and leader of a Reading Group provides this feedback on their activities.

Fabulous first meeting of the Northamptonshire OU/UKLA Teachers’ Reading Group with over 30 people! Great opportunity to share ideas for reading for pleasure in our own schools and to reflect on our own practice – the enthusiasm for children's literature was contagious, and our only complaints were about the size of our Amazon shopping baskets as we left the room – thank goodness the meeting was on payday!! The OU book box helped but still! We’re all looking forward to our next meeting.

You can download the Northampton Group's leaflet on the right. 

Meanwhile Jenna Lucas teacher and Reading Group leader reports on the activities of the Bournemouth group. 

Corpus Christi Primary hosted the first Bournemouth Teachers' Reading Group last month with over 20 teachers, teaching assistants and PGCE students coming along to share their passion and commitment to becoming reading teachers! Everyone made a pledge, focusing on an aspect of reading they will focus on within their own practice. The opportunity to chat all things books was very much appreciated and an increased interest in children's literature is already having a positive impact. 

We are delighted that the OU/UKLA Teachers’ Reading Groups have been able to engage and energise so many teachers in this first half of the school year. We look forward to hearing more about the groups’ activities in the months ahead.

If you would like to join one of the existing groups just email us, via and we’ll put you in touch.

In other news

Morrisons Little Library Book Exchange

The Open University’s Reading for Pleasure team have been working with Morrisons’ to shape a book donation initiative to encourage more children to read. Launching today, Morrisons’

Reading Newsletters

Adele Darlington from Leighfield Primary has been offering a Reading Newsletter for a while.

Do check out her sections to see how she lays it out and what she includes! Then make your own!

An opportunity to tempt parents as well as children!