Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils 2022-23

14 July 2022
A teacher sitting with two school children in a classroom, each reading a book.

Wigtown Festival Company is delighted to be working with Cheltenham Festivals in delivering the Festivals’ network of teacher book groups in Dumfries & Galloway.

Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils is a Cheltenham Festivals programme delivered in partnership with like-minded organisations across the UK including Book Council of Wales, Bradford Literature Festival, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), English and Media Centre, Just Imagine, National Literacy Trust, KEAP (The Writers’ Block), Peters, Seven Stories the National Centre for Children's Books, The Reader, The Story Museum and Wigtown Festival Company.

Set up in 2016, the national network of teachers reading groups aims to inspire reading for pleasure because research shows that children who read for pleasure experience high levels of well-being, engage in learning and are successful in life.

Wigtown Festival Company will be hosting a primary RTRP programme which is open to all Key Stage 2 teachers. As the selected novels are most appropriate for Primary 5/6 pupils, priority is given to teachers of these year groups. To include as many schools as possible, places are limited to two teachers per school.

All sessions will be led by members of our team at Wigtown Festival Company. The group is FREE to attend, and the shared resources are distributed throughout the year along with two copies of each of the 5 titles.

Applications for the next academic year are now open. 

Wigtown Festival Company Key Dates 2022-2023

Lead Contact

Group Leader

Andy Stewart 

Anne Barclay

Meeting Region


Meeting Location

TBC depending on location of members

Meeting Time


Launch Event

Wednesday 2 November 2022

Group Meeting 1

Tuesday 29 November 2022

Group Meeting 2

Tuesday 17 January 2023

Group Meeting 3

Wednesday 8 March 2023

Group Meeting 4

Wednesday 26 April 2023

Group Meeting 5

Tuesday 30 May 2023

Sharing Session

Wednesday 21 June 2023

For more information about this programme, please visit Cheltenham Festivals website

Register to participate here

If you have any questions, please contact the lead contact Andy on [email protected]

This programme is supported by Arts Council England, Thirty Percy, and the Unwin Charitable Trust.