Teachers’ Reading Challenge

Teachers’ Reading Challenge

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What is the Teachers’ Reading Challenge?

The Teachers’ Reading Challenge is an opportunity for school and library staff to expand their knowledge of contemporary children’s books and develop their skills in teaching children to read for pleasure.  

Run by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Open University, the Challenge invites participants to join a supportive and inspired community of educators and readers, set their own reading goals, share recommendations, discuss best practice, access resources, and record their knowledge.  

Who is it for?

The Challenge is designed for every professional who contributes to a child’s reading journey, from the teacher who makes time for classroom reading, to the librarian who recommends a child their first book, to the student teachers on their way to becoming the reading advocates of the future. The 2024 Teachers’ Reading Challenge will launch in early summer.  

Sign up to take part and receive exciting newsletter updates at teachersreadingchallenge.org.uk. 

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“Reading for pleasure is a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health, yet in England alone, 36% of people don’t regularly read.” (DCMS, 2015)

Reading for pleasure enhances empathy and the ability to understand others’ identities

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Reading for pleasure is more important for children’s cognitive development than their parents’ level of education 


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Teachers’ Reading Challenge Website Launches

The initiative is the first teachers’ reading challenge of its kind, utilising research and resources from the OU’s Reading for Pleasure programme and The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge.

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