The will to read influences the skill and vice versa (OECD, 2010).
If you want to enrich your school’s practice, make stronger links with parents around reading and ensure all staff are well positioned to nurture life-long readers, then make use of this research-informed site.
It is based upon the OU/UKLA Teachers as Readers research project which, undertaken in 5 Local Authorities across England, influenced both policy and practice and revealed key elements which enable teachers to build interactive reading communities.
You could invite staff to review their practice, undertake a children’s survey to ascertain their views and make use of the document School Development Strategies as it offers ways forward for the whole staff.
In this short film researcher Professor Teresa Cremin discusses the research findings and the web site.
Fostering children’s reading for pleasure (RfP) in an individually focused accountability culture is not easy. It is both demanding and time consuming to build richly reciprocal communities of readers who are motivated and socially interactive about what they read. It requires significant professional knowledge, and well planned and evaluated pedagogic practice targeted at RfP. Such work is richer and more sustainable when informed by significant research.
The site is based upon the Teachers as Readers research project. This work, undertaken in 5 Local Authorities across England, influenced both policy and practice and showed that in order to effectively develop children’s RfP, teachers need to develop:
Through connecting your school development work to the trusted Teachers as Readers RfP research, professional learning will be enhanced as staff learn from and add to this project’s research insights.
The site offers support for developing research-rich practice and for joining a professional community of educators who are committed to sharing how they foster children’s reading for pleasure. Do use it and share your own work on it, it will help you make more of a difference to the will and the skill of young readers.
There is considerable material on the site designed to support you on this journey, based on the research and related to each research finding. These are available as downloads for staff use and include: review documents, practical classroom strategies documents and research summaries, as well as related examples of classroom/school practice and PowerPoints for staff meetings.
The process of developing research-informed school practice might usefully involve:
Staff could share their RfP development work as a two-sided word document or a short PowerPoint. See templates (with prompts) and the exciting examples on the site, and be sure to invite staff to include some engaging pictures! You will need to check your school policy with regard to visuals of children/adults.