Reading Head Teachers

Hendry, Helen; Thompson, Sonia and Truby, Andrew (2023). Reading Head Teachers. In: Cremin, Teresa; Hendry, Helen; Rodriguez-Leon, Lucy and Kucirkova, Natalia eds. Reading Teachers: Nurturing Reading for Pleasure. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 135–149.



This chapter focuses on the work of Reading Head Teachers in leading school improvement based on Reading for Pleasure (RfP). Reading Head Teachers motivate and support their staff to develop RfP pedagogy and become critically reflective Reading Teachers. Discussion centres around how Reading Head Teachers balance instructional and transformational leadership strategies and empower their team, as well as their significance as reading role models. The chapter draws out key elements of school improvement journeys from two case-study schools that focused on RfP as a driver for whole school change. It highlights the strategies used to create communities of engaged readers across schools such as targeting resources and monitoring impact. It offers a range of approaches from research and practice with specific examples of overcoming challenges leading to successful cultural change for RfP

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