Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils

1 July 2021
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Wigtown Festival Company is delighted to be working with Cheltenham Festivals in delivering the Festivals’ network of teacher book groups in Dumfries & Galloway.

Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils is a Cheltenham Festivals programme delivered in partnership with like-minded organisations across the UK including Book Council of WalesBradford Literature Festival, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), English and Media Centre, Just Imagine, National Literacy Trust, KEAP (The Writers’ Block), Peters, Seven Stories the National Centre for Children's Books, The ReaderThe Story Museum and Wigtown Festival Company.

Set up in 2016, the national network of teachers reading groups aims to inspire reading for pleasure because research shows that children who read for pleasure experience high levels of well-being, engage in learning and are successful in life.

Wigtown Festival Company will be hosting a primary RTRP programme which is open to all Key Stage 2 teachers. As the selected novels are most appropriate for Primary 5/6 pupils, priority is given to teachers of these year groups. To include as many schools as possible, places are limited to two teachers per school.

All sessions will be led by members of our team at Wigtown Festival Company. The group is FREE to attend, and the shared resources are distributed throughout the year along with two copies of each of the 5 titles.

Applications for the next academic year opens on Monday 7 June 2021.

Wigtown Festival Company Key Dates 2021-2022

Group Leader

Anne Barclay

Meeting Region


Meeting Location

TBC depending on location of members

Meeting Time


Launch Event

Wednesday 27 October 2021

Group Meeting 1

Wednesday 24 November 2021

Group Meeting 2

Tuesday 18 January 2022

Group Meeting 3

Wednesday 2 March 2022

Group Meeting 4

Tuesday 26 April 2022

Group Meeting 5

Tuesday 31 May 2022

Sharing Session

Wednesday 22 June 2022

For more information about this programme and to register to take part, please visit Cheltenham Festivals website.

This programme is supported by Arts Council England, Thirty Percy, and the Unwin Charitable Trust.

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