Reading for Pleasure Award

Emily Crumbleholme, Year 1/2 teacher at Peover Superior Primary School, has won the Egmont Early Career Reading for Pleasure Teacher Award

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Emily Crumbleholme won the Early Career Reading for Pleasure Teacher of the Year.

Emily is the Year 1/2 teacher at Peover Superior Primary School and did much of her teacher training at Ash Grove Academy.

The awards were launched following extensive research into reading for pleasure by Egmont and the OU and UKLA. Together these studies suggest teachers have limited awareness of children’s literature beyond the tried and tested classics, and lack a coherent reading for pleasure teaching strategy.Curriculum pressures and an emphasis on testing detracts from their abilities to dedicate time and space for this which in turn has a direct knock-on effect on children’s development as readers.

The aim of the Egmont Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards is to demonstrate the positive impact that reading for pleasure can have on all aspects of a child’s life. By recognising and celebrating teachers who are currently putting reading for pleasure at the heart of their classrooms, it is hoped the award will serve to inspire others to use similar practices in the future.

The final submissions were judged by a panel of experts including Michael Rosen (Professor of Children’s Literature / Educational Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London), Teresa Cremin (Professor of Education Literacy), David Reedy (General Secretary, UKLA), Joy Court (Chair: CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals,), Cally Poplak (Managing Director, Egmont) and Alison David (Consumer Insight Director, Egmont).

Alison David said: “We were so impressed with the creative, innovative and entertaining ideas that were demonstrated in the submissions. The interesting thing about reading for pleasure is that you can’t teach it! It is not a set of skills to acquire. Teaching reading is teaching literacy, it’s incredibly important, but not to be confused with helping children establish a lifelong love of reading, simply for the pure joy of it. However, reading for pleasure can be shared, modelled, and encouraged. These amazing teachers and schools, with their inspirational research-informed ideas, understand that.”

Emily won the Early Career Teacher category, which recognises the work of teachers who are still in the early stages of their career. By creating a relaxed environment within the classroom and ensuring dedicated reading time, Emily encourages her pupils to discuss books, and focus on their current interests as well as reaching out to engage parents.

“We know that teachers are under immense pressure to deliver results, and can find it challenging to make time within the curriculum for fostering reading for pleasure. But the social, emotional and cognitive benefits of reading for pleasure are unquestionable,” said Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education at the Open University. “Our winners are clearly building reciprocal reading communities and documenting the impact of these within and beyond the classroom. We are delighted to be able to recognise this publicly through the award.”

The winning entries are available to view on the Research Rich Pedagogies website.