Teresa Cremin

Teresa Cremin
Professor of Education (Literacy)

As a teacher I was interested in reading for pleasure from the outset. In my PGCE at Homerton College Cambridge, I was inspired by Morag Styles and her passion for children’s poetry and early in my career I was involved in a ‘Books Alive’ initiative with schools, libraries, authors and children in Medway. Later I was involved in developing County Guidelines for reading in Kent and helping run county wide reading events. Whilst involved in initial teacher education and CPD at Canterbury Christchurch University, I always sought to start every session by reading aloud some children’s literature.

Now as an academic at the Open University my work, which encompasses research, consultancy and teaching, still focuses on the pedagogies that support children’s volitional reading (and writing). I am also interested in teachers’ literate identities and practices and the relationship between these and the children’s emerging identities as readers and writers. I also research other aspects of creativity in education.   


Kimberly Safford

Kimberly Safford
Senior Lecturer Education Studies (Primary) and International Development and Teacher Education

I have always been interested in the many pathways to becoming a reader, and as a teacher in inner London I emphasised the ‘big shapes’ of literacy over the small shapes. I have worked with the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) to promote reading for pleasure, and I was part of the English Education team at Roehampton University.

At the OU, My most recent research explored the impact on teachers and their teaching of the grammar element of the statutory test in spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) in English primary schools. I am currently researching the needs and the skills of OU students who have multiple languages. I am also supporting British Council research on the opportunities and challenges of English as the language of instruction in Ghana and India. I contribute to the OU's International Teacher Development projects, authoring Open Educational Resources collaboratively with local academics and teachers, most recently in Sierra Leone and India. 


Recommended reading

Building Communities: why, what and how

In this article Professor Teresa Cremin considers the long term aim of developing readers for life and challenges us to consider effective strategies and practices to genuinely achieve this.

Sensory images, memories, and reading

Anežka Kuzmičová examines the role played by sensory mental images in readers’ experiences and memories of reading. Anežka uses the concept of remindings, any conscious associations that may emerge in the course of reading, to explore children's experience of reading.

Book Blethering with the Teachers’ Readers Group

In this blog experienced teacher Kevin Cobane explains how joining the OU/UKLA Teachers’ Reading Group led by Dr Nicola Smith at the University of Birmingham enabled him to expand his knowledge of Children’s literature through discussion with other members and ultimately develop his teaching practice.

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