Reading for Pleasure Primary Teacher Conference

, 09:15–16:15
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  • £120 + VAT (£144), includes lunch and resources

For primary school teachers and librarians

This full day conference for primary school teachers and librarians, run in partnership with Guardian Education Centre, will explore strategies to engage young people with reading, putting books at the heart of learning.The day will focus on inspiring children to read for pleasure, reading choices, visual literacy, poetry, non-fiction texts, critical literacy and reading strategies that raise attainment. Throughout the day there will be opportunities to share good practice.

The conference starts at the Guardian at 9.15am.  In the afternoon delegates will move to the British Library to encounter characters from children’s literature in the new child-friendly exhibition, Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature’s Young Rebels. 

The event will be chaired by the Guardian’s Children’s books editor Julia Eccleshare.

Konnie Huq, presenter and author, will discuss writing and illustrating the first in her children's book series Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World inspired by her London Bangladeshi background, her love of science and her unashamed nerdiness. Ben Lyttleton, co-author of the Football School series, will explain how his books encourage kids to develop a love of reading and curiosity about the world, and how they open up the school curriculum to enhance the learning process.

Education writer and researcher James Clements will discuss the impact of wider reading on writing. Cathy Spence will share successful classroom and whole school reading for pleasure strategies that are making a difference at Great Malvern primary school.

There will be sessions and workshops on successful and practical classroom reading for pleasure strategies, visual literacy, poetry, critical literacy and empowering children to navigate news stories, and engaging students with a diverse range of authors and texts from speaker, NewsWise, The National Literacy Trust and Sally Kindberg. Muswell Hill Children’s bookshop will be selling books on the day.

The conference costs £120 plus VAT (£144) which includes lunch and resources.

For full details and to book visit the Guardian Education Centre website.

For schools: Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature's Young Rebels primary workshops and self-guided are available to book.

Feedback from recent Reading for pleasure, secondary teachers and librarians conference – 4 July 2019

“An inspirational day as usual with a variety of ideas to use with different groups of pupils."

“A well run day set up in a welcoming environment."

“I liked the friendliness and approachability of everybody who came. Lots of networking opportunities."

“An engaging and refreshing day towards the end of an exhausting term."

“Excellent day. Genuinely the best CPD I have been on. Thank you!"

Feedback from Reading for pleasure, primary teachers and librarians conference – 28 March 2019

“The best one yet."

“Inspirational day, thank you – lots of ideas to take back to the classroom."

“Amazing – inspiring and practical. Really good ideas for how to teach storytelling."

“First time here and feel privileged to have been a part of it."

“I feel equipped with new ideas and strategies which I can present to the head and bring in the importance of reading for pleasure."


When: , 09:15–16:15

£120 + VAT (£144), includes lunch and resources

Enquiries: (0)20 7412 7797
Book now