Teachers’ Reading Groups

The OU and UKLA are supporting over 80 Teachers’ Reading Groups across the UK and beyond in 2018-9. These groups provide a space for teachers, teaching assistants, early years professionals, librarians and others to enrich their understanding of reading for pleasure (RfP) and how to support it. Members use the website to find out about our research findings and what they mean for practice. They can draw on our review documents, watch our videos, get inspiration from other teachers’ accounts, and develop their RfP practice.  Members are encouraged to share this and its impact on children’s RfP.

There is a lot of flexibility in how the groups are run, but the aims of these OU/UKLA groups are:

  1. To foster children's RfP through supporting adults own RfP and research-informed practice;
  2. To support the profession by building an RfP user-community online and off;
  3. To share teachers’ resultant development work on website.

Groups are run by volunteer leaders and usually meet after school for an hour or two. They agree an agenda that matches the needs of the group and hold a series of meetings across the year.

We have had a fantastic response from people keen to start a TRG which means that we are now at the maximum limit of groups that we are able to support in order to effectively impact on practice.  Unfortunately, we are therefore unable to start any new TRGs.  If you would be interested in going on a waiting list for next year, please contact Gina Sharp at [email protected].  Also, if you would like to join one of the current groups, please contact Gina and she will put you in touch with the group leader.  

Click on a group title in the list to see the name of the group leader and the place where it will meet. We are currently updating our list of groups so check back for new entries.

TRG Activities

Lewisham OU/UKLA TRG

Sue McGonigle writes about the first meeting of the Lewisham TRG!

University of Chichester TRG

A partnership between Subject Librarian Ruth Clark and lecturers generates a TRG

Book Boxes on the move

Great books of all kinds are on the way to TRGs

East Midlands (7 groups)

  • Nottingham TRG
  • Nottingham TRG

    Group leader:
    Julie Doyle

    Venue:
    Sneinton St Stephen's CofE Primary School, Windmill Lane, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG2 4QB

    Dates: 19/11/18, 21/1/19, 18/3/19, 29/4/19, 10/6/19

  • West Bridgford, Nottingham TRG
  • West Bridgford, Nottingham TRG

    Group leader:
    Charlotte Soulsby

    Venue:
    Jesse Gray Primary School, Musters Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7DD

  • Northamptonshire TRG
  • Northamptonshire TRG

    Group leader:
    Shenaz Bagshaw

    Venue:
    St James CE Primary, Harlestone Road, Northampton, NN5 7AG

    Dates: 13/11/18, 29/1/19, 19/3/19, 21/5/19, 2/7/19

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  • Derby TRG
  • Derby TRG

    Group leader:
    Angelina Brett

    Venue:
    St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Mill Hill Lane, Derby, DE23 6SB

    Dates: 27/9/18, 13/12/18, 7/2/19, 4/4/19, 23/5/19, 4/7/19

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  • Newark TRG
  • Newark TRG

    Group leader:
    Kath Fox & Val Sawyer

    Venue:
    Coddington Primary School, Brownlow's Hill, Coddington, NG24 2QA

    Dates: 6/12/18, 31/1/19, 14/2/19, 9/5/19, 27/6/19

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  • Lincoln TRG
  • Lincoln TRG

    Group leader:
    Emma Rogers

    Venue:
    Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln, LN1 3DY

    Dates: 11/10/18, 7/11/18, 16/1/19, 6/2/19, 25/3/19, 8/5/19

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East of England (8 groups)

  • Cambridge TRG
  • Cambridge TRG

    Group leader:
    Aimee Durning & Luke Rolls

    Venue:
    University of Cambridge Primary School, Eddington Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0QZ

    Dates: 11/10, 6/12, 14/3, 16/5, 11/7

  • University of Cambridge TRG
  • University of Cambridge TRG

    Group leader:
    Claire Williams

    Venue:
    Cambridge University, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ

  • Norwich TRG
  • Norwich TRG

    Group leader:
    Sarah Brownsword

    Venue:
    University of East Anglia, 01.21 LSB, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

    Dates: 8/11/18, 17/1/19, 14/3/19, 16/5/19, 20/6/19

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  • North Norfolk TRG
  • North Norfolk TRG

    Group leader:
    Sara Stanley

    Venue:
    Norfolk Children's Book Centre, Wayside, Alby, Norfolk, NR11 7HB

  • Hertfordshire TRG
  • Hertfordshire TRG

    Group leader:
    Kate Voss

    Venue:
    University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9EU

    Dates: 23/10/18, 6/12/18, 7/2/19, 28/3/19, 6/6/19

  • East Norfolk TRG
  • East Norfolk TRG

    Group leader:
    Jon Biddle

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

  • Hellesdon, Norwich TRG
  • Hellesdon, Norwich TRG

    Group leader:
    Cat Ribbands

    Venue:
    Firside Junior School, Middleton's Lane, Hellesdon, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 5NF

    Dates: 19/9/18, 18/10/18, 28/11/18, 16/1/19, 20/3/19, 3/7/19

  • Suffolk TRG
  • Suffolk TRG

    Group leader:
    Amanda Molenaar

    Venue:
    Leiston Primary School, King Georges Avenue, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4JQ

    Dates: 4/10/18, 22/11/18, 31/1/19, 21/3/19, 16/5/19, 5/7/19

London (10 groups)

  • Queens Gate TRG
  • Queens Gate TRG

    Group leader:
    Joanna Hasler

    Venue:
    West London

    Dates: 17/10/18, 28/11/18, 6/2/18, 20/3/18, 22/5/18, 19/6/18

  • Tower Hamlets TRG
  • Tower Hamlets TRG

    Group leader:
    Sylvia Cummins

    Venue:
    Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service, PDC 229 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6AB

    Dates: 18/10/18, 29/11/18, 31/1/19, 14/3/19, 9/5/19, 20/6/19

  • Lewisham TRG
  • Lewisham TRG

    Group leader:
    Sue McGonigle

    Venue:
    Moon Lane Ink, 300 Stanstead Road, London, SE23 1DE

    Dates: 25/9/18, 13/11/18, 22/1/19, 12/3/19, 30/4/19, 11/6/19, 9/7/19

  • Kensington TRG
  • Kensington TRG

    Group leader:
    Joanna Hasler

    Venue:
    Queen's Gate School, 125-126 Queen's Gate, London, SW7 5LJ

  • Isle of Dogs TRG
  • Isle of Dogs TRG

    Group leader:
    Sadie Phillips

    Venue:
    Waterstones, 34 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, SE3 0AX

    Dates: 4/10/18, 1/11/18, 10/1/19, 7/2/19, 7/3/19, 6/6/19

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  • West London TRG
  • West London TRG

    Group leader:
    Richard Charlesworth & Hannah Wright

    Venue:
    Starbucks, 11-12 The Green, Ealing, W5 5DA

    Dates: 24/9/18, 29/10/18, 26/11/18, 25/2/19, 1/4/19, 10/6/19

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  • Newham TRG
  • Newham TRG

    Group leader:
    Katharine Young

    Venue:
    Elmhurst Primary School, Upton Park, London, E7 8JY

  • Waltham Forest TRG
  • Waltham Forest TRG

    Group leader:
    Helen Trivers

    Venue:
    Greenleaf Primary School, 80 Greenleaf Road, London, E17 6QW

    Dates: 25/9/18, 20/11/18, 29/1/19, 19/3/19, 21/5/19, 25/6/19

  • Surbiton TRG
  • Surbiton TRG

    Group leader:
    Debbie Thomas

    Venue:
    The King Charles Centre, King Charles Road, Surbiton, KT5 9AL

    Dates: 1/11/18, 31/1/19, 7/3/19, 9/5/19, 4/7/19

  • South West London TRG
  • South West London TRG

    Group leader:
    Anna Harrison

    Venue:
    Naylor Library, Waldegrave Road, Teddington, TW11 8LA

    Dates: 3/10/18, 28/11/18, 6/2/19, 1/5/19, 12/6/19

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North East (1 groups)

  • Blyth TRG
  • Blyth TRG

    Group leader:
    Caroline Ash

    Venue:
    Horton Grange Primary School, Cowpen Road, Blyth, NE24 4RE

    Dates: 26/9/18

North West (7 groups)

  • Macclesfield TRG
  • Macclesfield TRG

    Group leader:
    Dwynwen Roberts & Nicola Lucas

    Venue:
    Ash Grove Academy, Belgrave Road, Macclesfield, SK11 7TF

  • Wirral TRG
  • Wirral TRG

    Group leader:
    Laura Baxter

    Venue:
    Woodlands Primary School, Hollybank Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH43 6SY

    Dates: 11/10/18, 6/12/18, 31/1/19, 14/3/19, 9/5/19, 11/7/19

  • Greater Manchester TRG
  • Greater Manchester TRG

    Group leader:
    Rebecca Simpson-Hargreaves

    Venue:
    Tintwistle Primary School, South Close, Tintwistle, Derbyshire, SK13 1LY

    Dates: 16/10/18, 5/12/18, 6/2/19, 3/4/19, 22/5/19, 26/6/19

  • Stockport TRG
  • Stockport TRG

    Group leader:
    Sarah Izon

    Venue:
    Alexandra Park Primary School, Bombay Road, Stockport, SK3 9RF

    Dates: 27/9/18, 22/11/18, 24/1/19, 21/3/19, 23/5/19, 4/7/19

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  • Liverpool TRG
  • Liverpool TRG

    Group leader:
    Kate Mullin & Jenny Holder

    Venue:
    Liverpool Hope University College, Taggart Ave, Liverpool, L16 9JD

    Dates: 12/9/18, 7/11/18, 16/1/19, 13/3/19, 8/5/19, 13/6/19

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  • Rochdale TRG
  • Rochdale TRG

    Group leader:
    Clare McGreevy

    Venue:
    Lowerplace School, Kingsway, Rochdale, OL16 4UU

    Dates: 11/9/18, 2/10/18, 13/11/18, 22/1/19, 12/2/19, 21/5/19

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  • Ramsbottom TRG
  • Ramsbottom TRG

    Group leader:
    Casey Lynchey & Rob Smith

    Venue:
    Holcombe Brook Primary School, Longsight Road, Ramsbottom, Bury, Lancs, BL0 9TA

    Dates: 2/10/18, 13/11/18, 29/1/19, 19/3/19, 21/5/19, 25/6/19

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Scotland (1 groups)

  • Aberdeen City and Shire TRG
  • Aberdeen City and Shire TRG

    Group leader:
    Alice Atkinson

    Venue:
    Food Story cafe, Thistle Street, Aberdeen

    Dates: 5/9/18, 14/11/18, 16/1/19, 15/5/19

South East (5 groups)

  • East Kent TRG
  • East Kent TRG

    Group leader:
    Siobhan Harkins & Stacey Gillmore

    Venue:
    Joy Lane Primary School, Joy Lane, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 4RR

    Dates: 11/10/18, 22/11/18, 31/1/19, 14/3/19, 23/5/19, 4/7/19

  • Surrey TRG
  • Surrey TRG

    Group leader:
    Rochelle Richmond

    Venue:
    Sayes Court School, Sayes Court Farm Drive, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 1NB

    Dates: 12/9/18, 10/10/18, 14/11/18, 16/1/19, 20/3/19, 22/5/19

  • University of Chichester TRG
  • University of Chichester TRG

    Group leader:
    Rebecca Webb & Ruth Clark

    Venue:
    University of Chichester, Upper Bognor Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 1HR

  • West Sussex TRG
  • West Sussex TRG

    Group leader:
    Polly Atkinson

    Venue:
    Heene CE Primary School, Norfolk Street, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 4BB

  • Hampshire TRG
  • Hampshire TRG

    Group leader:
    Dot Patton & Barbara Band

    Venue:
    Dogmersfield Primary School, Chatter Alley, Hook, RG27 8SS

    Dates: 3/10/18, 20/11/18, 6/2/19, 19/3/19, 22/5/19, 2/7/19

South West (7 groups)

  • Bournemouth TRG
  • Bournemouth TRG

    Group leader:
    Jenna Lucas

    Venue:
    Corpus Christi Primary, St James Square, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH5 2BX

  • Bristol TRG
  • Bristol TRG

    Group leader:
    Becky Barnard

    Venue:
    Bristol

    Dates: 8/11/18, 10/1/19, 28/2/19, 25/4/19, 6/6/19

  • Bristol & South Glos TRG
  • Bristol & South Glos TRG

    Group leader:
    Dan Northover & Jane Carter

    Venue:
    University of the West of England, Coldharbour Lane, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS16 1QY

    Dates: 3/10/18, 12/12/18, 26/2/19, 3/4/19, 9/7/19

  • East Dorset TRG
  • East Dorset TRG

    Group leader:
    Rosalind Jensen

    Venue:
    Allenbourn Middle School, East Borough, Wimborne, BH21 1PL

  • South East Cornwall TRG
  • South East Cornwall TRG

    Group leader:
    Matt Davies

    Venue:
    Dobwalls CP School, Dobwalls, Cornwall, PL14 4LU

    Dates: 1/10/18, 12/11/18, 14/1/19, 14/3/19, 29/4/19, 17/6/19

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  • Falmouth TRG
  • Falmouth TRG

    Group leader:
    Louise Gall

    Venue:
    Marlborough School, Ferndale Road, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4HU

    Dates: 4/10/18, 31/1/19, 23/5/19

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  • Dorset TRG
  • Dorset TRG

    Group leader:
    Bonnie Stevens

    Venue:
    Dorset Reading Partners, The Little Keep, Barrack Road, Dorchester, DT1 1SQ

Wales (5 groups)

  • University of South Wales TRG Welsh-speaking
  • University of South Wales TRG Welsh-speaking

    Group leader:
    Bethan Rowlands & Halima Alam

    Venue:
    School of Education, Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales, City Campus, Newport, NP20 2BP

    Dates: 24/10, 21/11, 30/1, 6/3, 3/4, 8/5

  • University of South Wales TRG
  • University of South Wales TRG

    Group leader:
    Halima Alam & Sallyann Seaward

    Venue:
    School of Education, Faculty of Life Sciences & Education, University of South Wales, City Campus, Newport, NP20 2BP

    Dates: 24/10, 21/11, 30/1, 6/3, 3/4, 8/5

  • Wrexham TRG
  • Wrexham TRG

    Group leader:
    Simon Fisher

    Venue:
    The Rofft School, Wynnstay Lane, Marford, Wrexham, LL12 8LA

    Dates: 18/10/18, 29/11/18, 17/1/19, 28/3/19, 6/6/19, 4/7/19

  • Cardiff TRG
  • Cardiff TRG

    Group leader:
    Jo Bowers

    Venue:
    Cardiff Met University, Cyncoed Campus, Cyncoed, CF23 6XD

    Dates: 21/11/18, 6/3/19, 8/5/19

  • Newport TRG
  • Newport TRG

    Group leader:
    Alice Powell

    Venue:
    Alway Primary School

West Midlands (2 groups)

  • Coventry & Warwickshire TRG
  • Coventry & Warwickshire TRG

    Group leader:
    Helen Cooper

    Venue:
    Memorial Library, King Henry VIII School, Warwick Road, Coventry, CV3 6AQ

    Dates: 27/9/18, 13/12/18, 14/2/19, 4/4/19, 16/5/19, 27/6/19

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  • Birmingham TRG
  • Birmingham TRG

    Group leader:
    Sonia Thompson

    Venue:
    St Matthews CE Primary School, Duddeston Manor Road, Nechells, Birmingham, B7 4JR

    Dates: 9/10/18, 20/11/18, 29/1/19, 5/3/19, 23/5/19, 25/6/19,

Yorkshire and the Humber (3 groups)

  • York TRG
  • York TRG

    Group leader:
    Michelle Selley

    Venue:
    The Centre @ Burnholme, Mossdale Ave, York, YO31 0HA

    Dates: 25/9/18, 13/11/18, 22/1/19, 12/3/19, 30/4/19, 11/6/19

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  • Leeds TRG
  • Leeds TRG

    Group leader:
    Louise Hannon

    Venue:
    Moor Allerton Library, King Lane, Leeds, LS17 5NY

    Dates: 24/10/18, 21/11/18, 9/1/19, 6/3/19, 10/4/19, 8/5/19

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  • Sheffield TRG
  • Sheffield TRG

    Group leader:
    Karen Daniels & Cara Doxey

    Venue:
    Sheffield Hallam University, 12.5.10 Charles Street, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 2ND

    Dates: 17/10/18, 5/12/18, 13/2/19, 20/3/19, 15/5/19, 3/7/19

International (4 groups)

  • New Zealand TRG
  • New Zealand TRG

    Group leader:
    Michelle Sims

  • Dubai TRG
  • Dubai TRG

    Group leader:
    Mary Rose Grieve

  • Melbourne, Australia TRG
  • Melbourne, Australia TRG

    Group leader:
    Jennifer Rennie

  • Sydney, Australia TRG
  • Sydney, Australia TRG

    Group leader:
    Alyson Simpson