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UKLA Viewpoints: Teachers and reading

UKLA believes that reading teachers are teachers who read and readers who teach.

Teachers who are committed readers and who model their enjoyment of reading to their classes, tend to:

  • plan their teaching around a wide range of high quality texts reflecting the diversity of young readers and their communities
  • motivate learners by modelling readerly behaviours
  • find engaging texts which are more demanding than children and young adults might read on their own
  • create opportunities to talk about reading
  • read aloud to classes from a range of fiction, information, poetry, and from what children and young adults write themselves
  • encourage reading of texts created by and about people of colour as a matter of course
  • lead children and young adults to seek out further reading matter independently
  • make informed choices of texts to recommend for school libraries and independent reading.

You can download the full UKLA Viewpoint on teachers and reading to the right of this page.