OU Reading for Pleasure Conference in association with UKLA

Finding and sharing pleasure in reading

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This event took place 9:30am - 4:00pm Saturday November 17th, 2018
OU Reading for Pleasure Conference in association with UKLA

International evidence indicates reading for pleasure offers significant benefits cognitively, socially and emotionally. This conference will help you develop your knowledge of children’s literature and create an authentic, flexible and interactive reading for pleasure pedagogy that supports young readers! The author Nicola Davies will join us! Her books include King of the Sky, which has been named one of New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2017, Perfect which was longlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal 2017, The Promise and many more. As part of the conference, there will be a non-fiction panel (Nikki Gamble, Anne Rooney, Joe Sutcliff Sanders) sponsored by The English Association, and a bookshop. All workshops are led by members of our OU/UKLA Teachers’ Reading Groups offering challenges and new ideas based on their work. 

Registration Details:

Cost £25 - Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment: Book here


Workshop A: Developing Reading Relationships
Katherine Young and Clara Breakwell

In this workshop, we will explore strategies to develop reciprocal reading relationships between teachers and pupils, particularly through informal text talk, getting to know pupils and teachers as readers, and building in pupil-pupil, teacher-pupil and teacher-teacher recommendations.

Workshop B: Reading Teachers exploring readers’ identities
Teresa Cremin, Becky Denby and Claire Williams

Do you ever share your reading experiences, preferences and practices with children? In this workshop we will explore ways to hold up a mirror to your own practices and help children consider their own identities as readers. Stretch and challenge, difference and diversity are key to developing as a Reading Teacher.

Workshop C: Immersed in Reading, anytime, anywhere!
Alice Lee-Fox and Isobel Potter

Reading is a tool to bring families together, enhancing communities and the understanding of oneself and each other. In this workshop, we will explore a number of easy, whole-school, research-informed strategies, activities and events, which have motivated and inspired children of different ages and backgrounds to take pleasure in reading, inside and outside the classroom.

Workshop D: Developing a Reading for Pleasure Pedagogy
Kelly Davies and Siobhan Harkins

Sharing the pleasure of reading should be at the centre of any school’s reading pedagogy; however, assessment-driven reading practices can overshadow opportunities to read aloud, talk about books and create an informal, supportive reading environment. This workshop will explore how we developed an RfP pedagogy and motivated children to be part of an engaged community of readers.

Workshop E: Widening our knowledge of literature
Helen Mulligan and Tom Sapsford

Literature inspires, challenges, teaches and bonds. It introduces us to themes, ideas, people and worlds. This workshop explores how we can become more knowledgeable about children’s literature, and how this contributes to our ability to know and support our children as readers. 

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