Reading and Writing for Pleasure Conference – Saturday 15 June 2024

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

RfP Conference ‘Reading for and Writing for Pleasure’ flyer 15 June 2024

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Children and young people’s enjoyment in reading and writing is in decline. In response, this conference focuses on effective approaches to encouraging children and young people to read and/or write for pleasure. Drawing on a recent 3-year OU study, participants will be offered opportunities to explore the research findings, consider the consequences for practice and get involved in workshops that offer inspiring and practical ways forward. The Harper Collins Reading for Pleasure Awards in association with the OU and UKLA will be announced, and the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre and UKLA bookshops will enrich the day. Join us to revel in the joy of reading and writing!

09.30 – 10.00Registration and coffee
10.00 – 10.40Reading and writing for pleasure: A Framework for Practice: Teresa Cremin and Helen Hendry
10.40 – 11.00Harper Collins, OU and UKLA Reading for Pleasure Awards
11.00 – 11.30Coffee
11.30 – 12.30Workshops A-F
12.35 – 13.00Author Keynote: Hannah Gold
13.00 – 13.45Lunch and bookshops
13.45 – 14.45Workshops A-F
14.55 – 15.40Author Keynote:  Matt Goodfellow
15.40 – 16.00Closing Book Blether

Reading and writing for pleasure in the later years – Teresa Cremin and Sam Creighton
Young people’s autonomy, competence and relatedness as readers and writers matters. The degree of agency and choice offered, their sense of self-efficacy and desire to be connected to others, shape their literate identities and can both constrain and enable their attitudes and engagement. In this workshop, linking to these concepts, we will explore ways to motivate readers and writers.

How reading and writing feeds us all – Helen Hendry and Samantha Hulston
Helping children choose to read and write for pleasure in the early years involves making small, meaningful changes to practice – incorporating multimodal and playful approaches. Drawing on research with children and educators, this workshop considers ways to facilitate young children’s confidence in informal book talk and sharing preferences for reading aloud. We offer strategies to support children in EY and KS1 to edit favourite stories and choose to write for different purposes.

Positively social – keeping a reading culture alive in the classroom – Imogen Maund and Chris Baker
Social reading communities are key to a reading for pleasure pedagogy. Teachers are central to this – actively promoting positive reading experiences for all pupils so that every child can find themselves as a reader. This workshop will explore ways in which teachers as influencers can develop a social reading culture within schools and classrooms through authentic role-modelling and sharing their own love of reading.

The neglected pedagogy: developing informal book talk at KS3 – Rachel Ayres and Jess Letts
Text-talk in secondary schools is traditionally focused on analysis of language structures and themes. Just when do we blether for pleasure? This workshop addresses approaches that enable informal book talk, drawing on the Reading and Writing for Pleasure Framework and Ofsted’s recent English Report. The workshop will explore how to engage RfP disadvantaged pupils and show how pupil and teacher knowledge can become a bridge to volitional reading.

Hear me, know me, inspire me – Angela Jenkins and Charlotte Squirrel
This workshop will explore ways practitioners can learn about primary children’s interests, identities and attitudes to reading and the importance of acting on the feedback. What might “responsive adult involvement” look, sound and feel like if we truly foreground children’s voices? We will share strategies for meeting children where they are, to mediate, motivate and enable them to discriminate and make wise choices as readers.

Adopting a writing for pleasure pedagogy: Being writer-teachers – Tobias Hayden and Ellen Counter
How can practitioners create a connected community of readers and writers in the classroom? We will explore this by examining the role of writer-teacher. Bringing our own authentic writing products and practices into the classroom is key to meeting this aim and, in the workshop, we will consider our own writerly identities and the crucial role and nature of ‘mentor texts’.

Registration Details: A bargain at only £45.00

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