Professional Development

Raising standards through reading for pleasure

A growing body of evidence illustrates the value of reading for pleasure for both educational purposes and personal development. OECD studies have shown reading for pleasure to be even more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status. These sessions, delivered by leading researchers and teachers, will help develop teachers’ knowledge of children’s literature as well as improve the teaching of reading skills.

Course dates

Friday 14th September – 9:00-15:00 – Dr Wayne Tennent – Developing reading comprehension

Thursday 4th October – 9:00-15:00 – Professor Teresa Cremin, Jon Biddle – Building communities of readers and creating a R4P culture

Friday 9th November – 9:00-15:00 – Dr Wayne Tennent – Developing reading comprehension

Friday 7th December – Joseph Coelho, Jon Biddle – 9:00-15:00 – Embedding poetry in the classroom, creating a R4P culture

Friday, January (date tbc) – Dr Wayne Tennent – 9:00-15:00 – Developing reading comprehension

Course suitability

Primary teachers, English subject leaders, senior leaders




Moorlands Primary Academy, Moorland Way, Belton, Norfolk, NR31 9PA


Further information

Dr Wayne Tennent is a lecturer at the University of East London and the author of Improving Reading Comprehension.

Teresa Cremin is a Professor of Education at the Open University and the author of Building Communities of Engaged Readers.

Jon Biddle is the 2018 Egmont 2018 Reading for Pleasure Teacher of the Year and the coordinator of the national Patron of Reading Initiative.

Joseph Coelho is a poet and author who has won the CLPE Children’s Poetry Award and was longlisted for the 2018 Carnegie Medal.