The Farshore Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards 2023

I am excited to be able to help promote the Farshore Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards 2023, in association with The Open University and the UK Literacy Association (UKLA). These awards are now open for entries. The Awards celebrate how teachers have found innovative ways to inspire reading for pleasure in the classroom.

Farshore’s purpose is to make all children proud readers through our broad portfolio of
inclusive, child-friendly books. To that end, we celebrate teachers who successfully promote and encourage children’s reading for pleasure, both within and beyond the school setting. They are collaborating with the Open University and the UK Literacy Association, who work together to research the significance of teachers being readers and identify ways to build reciprocal and interactive communities of readers. Both organizations are keen to profile and develop research-informed professional practice in this area.

The Award Categories are:
*Early Career Teacher (0-3 years in teaching)
*Experienced Teacher (3 years plus)
*Whole School
*School Reading Champion (e.g. Librarians/other educators)
*Community Reading Champion (immediate and/or wider community, from local area to local authority)

Submit your case study for an opportunity to be recognised by experts in children’s reading for pleasure.

DEADLINE: Midnight on Monday 5th June 2023.

The Award winners will be announced on Wednesday 18th October 2023 at the OU/UKLA Reading for Pleasure conference (or online) with the winner from each category receiving Farshore books to the value of £250 and 20 copies of Help Your Child Love Reading by Alison David.

The competition will be judged by:

– David Reedy, UK Literacy Association
– Joy Court, Co-founder: All Around Reading
– Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education, The Open University
– Alison David, Consumer Insight Director, Farshore
– Fiona Evans, Head of Schools Programmes, NLT
– Cally Poplak, Executive Publisher, HCCB and Farshore

Entry Criteria
Submit a research-informed case study on how children have been encouraged to read
for pleasure. It’s important to show context and the research that has inspired you. The
research you refer to can come from any source (including OU, UKLA, Farshore and
wider). Show your rationale, aims, outline of what you did, evidence of impact and finally your reflections.

The judges will pay particular attention to the following strands of the submission:
1.1) The importance of teachers’ knowledge of children’s literature and other texts.
1.2) The importance of bringing in wider voices and genres in recognition of the need
to improve diversity and inclusivity.
1.3) The importance of a child’s free choice of reading material and of offering a
range of texts to engage their interest, be it classics, series fiction, graphic
novels, picture books, comics and magazines, funny books, factual books etc.
2) The importance of reading aloud to children and its role in promoting children’s
motivation and their independent reading for pleasure.
3) The importance of building communities of readers by working with

  • To promote the value of reading for pleasure
  • To support them in reading to their children
  • To establish reading for pleasure as a joyful and regular occurrence at home.

Top Tips From the Judges:

  • Follow the guidance.
  • Don’t go over the word count!
  • Select photos carefully, choosing only those that demonstrate your work.

Full entry details here.

The case study structure to be used can be found at: Share your practice – Reading for Pleasure

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